Hi Team, 

Need one confirmation for AD7949, is the exposed pad MUST be soldered? Customer would like to skip this soldering during prototype, is it ok?


Refer to page 9

21 (EPAD) Exposed Pad (EPAD) NC The exposed pad is not connected internally. For increased reliability of the solder joints, it is recommended that the pad be soldered to the system ground plane




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[edited by: @skowalik at 3:51 PM (GMT 0) on 21 Nov 2019]
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    •  Analog Employees 
    on Nov 14, 2019 8:05 PM over 1 year ago


    For prototyping you are probably okay not soldering the exposed paddle.  Just be sure that per the recommendation any exposed metal below the package is tied to ground in case something conductive happens to find its way between the paddle and the PCB.  

    For production I would ensure it is soldered to avoid violating any of the abs max ratings.


  • Customer has following question on AD7949.

     1) The MCU that I use only can output either 8-bit or 16-bit data format for SPI.

         Meaning that there will be 16 SCK pulses.

         The AD7949 required only 14 SCK pulses.

         Will there be any issue with the additional 2 SCK pulses?

         How is the data (CFG register and DATA) being interpreted with this 16 SCK pulses?


    2) If the above has no issue, will it be okay if the 16 SCK pulses is not continuous, meaning there is a time gap (5us) between pulse 8 & 9?

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    •  Analog Employees 
    on Nov 20, 2019 1:51 PM over 1 year ago in reply to John pg


    1) This is not a problem as SDO will simply go to a high impedance state after the 15th falling edge.

    2) This too should not be an issue.   This operation would be essentially like a read-span-convert operation, whereby the user executes the first 8 bit transfer, initiates a new conversion and then reads the last 8 bits while the next conversion is in process.


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