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dac8800FPZ glitch


I am using the old DAC8800 8 Channel DAC on a project, its pretty basic where I pass an 8 bit value to channel 1 of the DAC8800

The problem I have discovered is the ladder inside the chip appears to be incorrectly built.


V1RH, V2RH, VDD set to 12v

V1RL, V2RL,/CLK, VSS set to 0V

/CLR set to +5v

SDI Data in

Clk Data In

Load on completion

Address 000 = Channel 1

Data 255     =     10.86v

Data 254     =     10.67v

Data 253     =     10.73v     - Voltage goes up
Data 252     =     10.46v

Data 251     =     10.61v     - Voltage goes up

Data 250     =     9.90v

Data 249     =     10.14v    - Voltage goes up

This appears to continue until we are less than decimal 64

To verify that my software is correct, I setup a breadboard with switches to manually verify this and the results were the same.

Any ideas??


The chips is labelled




  • Your voltages are low across the board, so I suspect something else is going on.  Have you verified this on more than one channel?  What is the load on the output?  The DAC has ~12k ohms output resistance, so it cannot really drive a load very well.  Remove all loading on the output and test again, and also check the other channels to see if the same thing is happening.  Also check for any changes on the power supply.  Since you are using the supply as the reference, any change there will affect the output voltage.



  • The output of channel 1 is connected to the +input of an LM358 opamp. I have also tried other channels (unloaded) apart from connecting my fluke meter (high impedance load) to each output. I get the same result. The 12v dc supply is fed from a 7812 linear regulator and the output has been checked with a CRO and is stable.  I have 25pcs and all exhibit the same problem, am I overlooking something obvious as the circuit is not that complicated!

  • A closer look at the datasheet has (most likely) revealed the issue.  The REF inputs (high side) have to be at least 4v from the positive rail.  Thus, with a 12 volt supply, you're limited to 8v input on the reference.  You've most likely got the output stage saturated.  Can you provide a lower reference voltage and run the test again?


  • Hi Tim,

    I changed the supply regulator to 15v and adjusted the reference to 10v the problem actually appears to have deteriorated (see below)

    VDD = 15v

    Vrefh = 0v (both)

    Vrefl = 0v (both)

    VSS = 0v


    255 = 11.24v

    254 = 11.14v

    253 = 10.25v

    252 = 11.02v

    251 = 9.76v

    250 = 10.08v

    249 = 9.68v

    248 = 10.81v

    247 = 9.40v

    246 = 9.51v

    245 = 8.99v

    244 = 9.79v

    243 = 8.91v

    242 = 9.37v

    241 = 9.17v

    240 = 10.45v

    and so on...

    Attached is a schematic, I have chaged the 7812 to a 7815 in this latest test.

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  • Hi Daliseau,

    I had hoped Tims headroom suggestion would have solved it.

    So you have a single supply system:





    Has this issue been resolved ?

  • Hi Liam,

    Yes it is a single supply system with the parameters you outlined

    Tim raised a good point regarding the Ref voltage but unfortunatly it appears to be unrelated to this issue.

    ie. The problem is still evident, any clues?



  • Hi Darren

    Have you scoped all SPI writes to the part to makes sure that the data you are writing is actually seen by the part ?

    I assume you have checked all grounds / supplies etc,

    You could try the specified single supply setup on page 2 of datasheet:





    See if this gives any further improvement.


  • Hi Liam,

    I am currently on leave until the end of the month, however prior to heading off on holidays I pulled the prototype unit (that was in storage after moving) and it worked perfectly, this has an older IC from a different batch!

    Without swapping out the DAC8800 from the prototype, I suspect I have a bad batch of IC's.

    Will post an update on my return.


  • Hi Darren,

    All these parts are production tested to the highest standard before leaving the factory - however it's possible the chip is damaged through some other method.