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Digital to Analog Converters. Andrew Gardner Muhammad Salman David Fernandes Jevawn Roberts. Outline. What is a DAC? Different Types of DACs Binary Weighted Resistor R-2R Ladder Specifications Commonly used DACs Application. Introduction

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Digital to Analog Converters

Andrew Gardner

Muhammad Salman

David Fernandes

Jevawn Roberts

Introduction to Mechatronics

Student Lecture – 10/23/06


Outline

What is a DAC?

Different Types of DACs

Binary Weighted Resistor

R-2R Ladder

Specifications

Commonly used DACs

Application

Introduction to Mechatronics

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Introduction

A DAC is a Digital to Analog converter. It converts a binary digital number into an analog representation, most commonly voltage though current is also used sometimes.

1001

0101

0011

0111

1001

1010

1011

DAC

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Analog Output Signal

Digital Input Signal

Introduction

Each binary number sampled by the DAC corresponds to a different output level.

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Ideally Sampled Signal

Output typical of a real, practical DAC due to sample & hold

Typical Output

DACs capture and hold a number, convert it to a physical signal, and hold that value for a given sample interval. This is known as a zero-order hold and results in a piecewise constant output.

DAC

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Binary weighted resistor dac
Binary Weighted Resistor DAC

  • Utilizes a summing op-amp circuit

  • Weighted resistors are used to distinguish each bit from the most significant to the least significant

  • Transistors are used to switch between Vref and ground (bit high or low)

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Summing op amps
Summing OP-Amps

  • Inverting summer circuit used in Binary Weighted Resistor DAC.

  • V(out) is 180° out of phase from V(in)

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Binary weighted input dac

Vout

Rf

2n-1R

R

-

+

2R

I

4R

Vn

Vref

V1

V2

V3

Rf

2n-1R

2R

R

4R

Vref

V1

I

V2

V3

-

Vout

Vn

+

Binary Weighted Input DAC

  • Ideal Op-amp

  • No current into

    op-amp

  • Virtual ground at

    inverting input

  • Vout= -IRf

MSB

LSB

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Calculation
Calculation

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Cont d
Cont’d

  • Example:

n = totalbits

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Advantages and disadvantages
Advantages and Disadvantages

Advantage

  • Easy principle/construction

  • Fast conversion

    Disadvantages

  • Requirement of several different precise input resistor values: Requires large range of resistors (2048:1 for 12-bit DAC) with necessary high precision for low resistors one unique value per binary input bit. (High bit DACs)

  • Larger resistors ~ more error.

  • Precise large resistors – expensive.

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R 2r resistor ladder dac
R-2R Resistor Ladder DAC

Vref

MSB

LSB

Bit: 0 0 0 0

Vout

4-Bit Converter

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R 2r dac example
R-2R DAC Example

  • Convert 0001 to analog

V2

V1

V0

Vref

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R 2r dac example cont
R-2R DAC Example (cont.)

V0

V1

V1

V0

=

Nodal Analysis

Likewise,

Voltage Divider

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Conversion equation
Conversion Equation

For a 4-Bit R-2R Ladder

For general n-Bit R-2R Ladder

Binary Weighted Resister DAC

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R-2R DAC Summary

  • Advantages

    • Only two resistor values

    • Does not need as precision resistors as Binary weighted DACs

    • Cheap and Easy to manufacture

  • Disadvantages

    • Slower conversion rate

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Dac specification
DAC Specification

  • Resolution

  • Reference Voltage

  • Speed

  • Settling Time

  • Linearity

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Resolution
Resolution

  • The change in output voltage for a change of the LSB.

  • Related to the size of the binary representation of the voltage. (8-bit)

  • Higher resolution results in smaller steps between voltage values

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Reference voltage
Reference Voltage

  • Multiplier DAC

    • Reference voltage is a constant set by the manufacturer

  • Non-Multiplier DAC

    • Reference voltage is variable

  • Full scale Voltage

    • Slightly less than the reference voltage (Vref-VLSB)

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Speed
Speed

  • Also called the conversion rate or sampling rate

    • rate at which the register value is updated

  • For sampling rates of over 1 MHz a DAC is designated as high speed.

  • Speed is limited by the clock speed of the microcontroller and the settling time of the DAC

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Settling time
Settling Time

  • Time in which the DAC output settles at the desired value ± ½ VLSB.

  • Faster DACs decrease the settling time

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Linearity
Linearity

  • Represents the relationship between digital values and analog outputs.

  • Should be related by a single proportionality constant. (constant slope)

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Dac error
DAC Error

  • Non-Linearity

    • Differential

    • Integral

  • Gain Error

  • Offset Error

  • Monotonicity

  • Resolution

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Non linearity

Desired Output

Analog Output Voltage

Digital Input

Non-linearity

  • Deviation from a linear relationship between digital input and analog output.

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Non linearity1

Integral

Non-linearity

Analog Output Voltage

Analog Output Voltage

2VLSB

VLSB

Digital Input

Digital Input

Non-Linearity

  • Differential

    • Worst case deviation from the ideal VLSB step for an increment of LSB

  • Integral

    • Worst case deviation from the line between the endpoint (zero and full scale) voltages

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Gain error
Gain Error

  • Also called Full-Scale Error

  • Deviation from the ideal full scale voltage due to a higher or lower gain than expected.

High Gain

Desired/Ideal Output

Analog Output Voltage

Low Gain

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Digital Input


Offset error

Output Voltage

Ideal Output

Digital Input

Offset Error

  • Also called Zero Error

  • Difference between ideal voltage output and actual voltage output for a digital input of zero.

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Monotonicity

Desired Output

Analog Output Voltage

Digital Input

Monotonicity

  • Increases or decreases of the digital value must correspond to increases or decreases of the voltage output.

Non-monotonic behavior

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Resolution error
Resolution Error

  • For matching curves over time or simply outputting accurate values a proper resolution must be selected

  • Resolution must be high enough for the desired precision (½ VLSB)

Vout

Desired Analog signal

11

10

01

00

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Time


Applications – Audio

Many audio signals are stored as binary numbers (on media such as CDs and in computer files such as MP3s). Therefore computer sound cards, stereo systems, digital cell phones, and portable music players contain DAC to convert the digital representation to an analog signal.

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Example dac
Example DAC

  • AD 7224 –

    • Manufactured by Analog Devices

    • Type: R-2R Voltage Output

    • Reference voltage: Non-Multiplier

    • 2 – 12.5 Volts

    • 8-bit Input

    • Settling Time: 7 μs

    • Cost: about $4.00

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Example dac1
Example DAC

18 Pin integrated circuit including output amplifier

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Applications – Video

Video signals from digital sources, such as a computer or DVD must be converted to analog signals before being displayed on an analog monitor. Beginning on February 18th, 2009 all television broadcasts in the United States will be in a digital format, requiring ATSC tuners (either internal or set-top box) to convert the signal to analog.

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References

Previous Student Lectures

http://en.wikipedia.org/

http://allaboutcircuits.com

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Questions

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