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ADC08038 8-Bit High-Speed Serial I/O A/D Converters with Multiplexer Options, Voltage Reference, and Track/Hold Function National-Semiconductor
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Functional Description (Continued)
The voltage applied to the reference input on these convert-
ers, VREFIN, defines the voltage span of the analog input
(the difference between VIN(MAX) and VIN(MIN) over which the
256 possible output codes apply. The devices can be used
either in ratiometric applications or in systems requiring ab-
solute accuracy. The reference pin must be connected to a
voltage source capable of driving the reference input resis-
tance which can be as low as 1.3k. This pin is the top of a
resistor divider string and capacitor array used for the suc-
cessive approximation conversion.
In a ratiometric system the analog input voltage is propor-
tional to the voltage used for the A/D reference. This voltage
is typically the system power supply, so the VREFIN pin can
be tied to VCC (done internally on the ADC08032). This tech-
nique relaxes the stability requirements of the system refer-
ence as the analog input and A/D reference move together
maintaining the same output code for a given input condition.
For absolute accuracy, where the analog input varies be-
tween very specific voltage limits, the reference pin can be
biased with a time and temperature stable voltage source.
For the ADC08034 and the ADC08038 a band-gap derived
reference voltage of 2.6V (Note 8) is tied to VREFOUT. This
can be tied back to VREFIN. Bypassing VREFOUT with a
100µF capacitor is recommended. The LM385 and LM336
reference diodes are good low current devices to use with
these converters.
The maximum value of the reference is limited to the VCC
supply voltage. The minimum value, however, can be quite
small (see Typical Performance Characteristics) to allow di-
rect conversions of transducer outputs providing less than a
5V output span. Particular care must be taken with regard to
noise pickup, circuit layout and system error voltage sources
when operating with a reduced span due to the increased
sensitivity of the converter (1 LSB equals VREF/256).
a) Ratiometric
b) Absolute with a Reduced Span
FIGURE 2. Reference Examples
The most important feature of these converters is that they
can be located right at the analog signal source and through
just a few wires can communicate with a controlling proces-
sor with a highly noise immune serial bit stream. This in itself
greatly minimizes circuitry to maintain analog signal accu-
racy which otherwise is most susceptible to noise pickup.
However, a few words are in order with regard to the analog
inputs should the input be noisy to begin with or possibly
riding on a large common-mode voltage.
The differential input of these converters actually reduces
the effects of common-mode input noise, a signal common
to both selected “+” and “−” inputs for a conversion (60 Hz is
most typical). The time interval between sampling the “+” in-
put and then the “−” input is 12 of a clock period. The change
in the common-mode voltage during this short time interval
can cause conversion errors. For a sinusoidal
common-mode signal this error is:
where fCM is the frequency of the common-mode signal,
VPEAK is its peak voltage value
and fCLK is the A/D clock frequency.
For a 60Hz common-mode signal to generate a 14 LSB error
(5mV) with the converter running at 250kHz, its peak value
would have to be 6.63V which would be larger than allowed
as it exceeds the maximum analog input limits.
Source resistance limitation is important with regard to the
DC leakage currents of the input multiplexer. Bypass capaci-
tors should not be used if the source resistance is greater
than 1k. The worst-case leakage current of ±1µA over tem-
perature will create a 1mV input error with a 1ksource re-
sistance. An op amp RC active low pass filter can provide
both impedance buffering and noise filtering should a high
impedance signal source be required.
5.1 Zero Error
The zero of the A/D does not require adjustment. If the mini-
mum analog input voltage value, VIN(MIN), is not ground a
zero offset can be done. The converter can be made to out-
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