App note: Theory behind Delta-Sigma analog to digital converters

Maxim describes the theory behind Delta-Sigma ADCs: This in-depth article covers the theory behind a Delta-Sigma analog-to-digital converter (ADC). It specifically focuses on the difficult to understand key digital concepts of over-sampling, noise shaping, and decimation filtering. A description of new converter, the MAX1402, and several applications for Delta-Sigma converters are included. The 16bit ADC […]

Interfacing the LTC2440 24bit ADC with the Arduino

Jbeale shows how to interface the LTC2440 24bit analog to digital converter with the Arduino. He provided the pin connections, a small sketch, as well as some advice to get it up and running. I should add: to reach the specified noise performance of this part (200 nV RMS) you must have an absolutely clean […]

Tutorial: Accurate Arduino ADC readings

The Hardware Hacking guys have posted this brief tutorial with tips on improving the accuracy of ADC reading with the Arduino. They endeavor to do this by measuring the internal 1.1V reference voltage (it is available for ATMega 168 and ATMega 328 only) and, then, by normalizing the ADC. Via the Arduino Blog.

App note: Driving analog inputs of SAR analog to digital converters

Here is an app note from Microchip describing how to drive analog inputs of Successive Approximation Register  analog to digital converters. Driving any A/D Converter (ADC) can be challenging if all  issues and trade-offs are not  well understood from the  beginning. With Successive Approximation Register (SAR) ADCs, the sampling speed and source impedance should be […]

App note: Enhancing ADC resolution by oversampling

Atmel describes how to enhance ADC resolution by oversampling the signal and averaging the extra data. This has a side effect of increasing the signal to noise ratio, and reducing the quantization error. When the ADC samples a signal, it quantizes the signal in  discrete steps. This introduces some error, often referred to as  quantization […]

App note: High precision temperature measurement with thermocouples

The sensitivity of modern thermocouple is around o.1C over a range which spans from -270C to 1750C. Here is an app note from Maxim on how to built high precision temperature acquisition systems based on thermocouple sensors. One examples uses a 24bit ADCs for high precision measurement. Another example use a MAX31855 thermocouple-to-SPI converter for […]

App note: Understanding ADC specifications and attributes

Here is an app note from Microchip explaining how to interpret various analog to digital converter specifications. This article covers how attributes of ADCs are calculated and how they apply to it’s performance and precision. The purpose of this application note is to describe the specifications used to quantify the performance of A/D converters and […]

App note: dsPIC33E simultaneous analog sampling

Some new PIC 33E and 24E microcontrollers can take simultaneous samples from multiple analog to digital converters. Most chips measure analog values sequentially, but this ADC can sample 4 signals at once. Samples are still converted one after the other, but they’re collected at the same moment. More in the reference manual for dsPic33E and […]

App note: Enhancing ADC resolution by oversampling

Better ADC resolution can be accomplished by oversampling two or more ADC readings and then averaging them. If you’re not satisfied with a microcontroller’s 10 bit ADC and need more resolution, check out this application note from Atmel. Increasing the ADC resolution by one bit requires 4 ADC measurements.  Four 10 bit readings are needed […]

Using Fixed Voltage Reference (FVR) for ADC in the PIC16F1827

Raj writes to inform us of his Embedded Lab tutorial with tips on using the Fixed Voltage Reference (FVR) module in enhanced mid-range 8-bit PIC microcontrollers for a precise and accurate A/D conversion. Raj demos how to use the built-in module of the PIC16F1827 that generates a stable reference voltage internally known as the FVR. […]

Dangerous DSO part 2: Feed and water your ADC

Dangerous DSO is a new logic analyzer/oscilloscope design we’ve been using in the lab. This is not a finished project, it will not be produced. We’re posting our current progress to get some feedback. Look for a new Dangerous DSO article every day this week. Be sure to see Part1: There’s so much between 0 […]

TI intros first 2-channel, simultaneous-sampling ADCs with independently controlled internal references

Texas Instruments today introduced the industry’s first two-channel, simultaneous-sampling successive approximation (SAR) analog-to-digital converters (ADCs) with two independently controlled internal references for simplified system-level design. The 16-bit ADS8363, 14-bit ADS7263 and 12-bit ADS7223 are pin-for-pin compatible and provide twice the per-channel throughput of similar ADCs, supporting speeds up to 1 MSPS for industrial and energy […]