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3V/5V Precision DACs - Which internal reference should I use?

Question asked by Padraic Employee on Apr 15, 2011
Latest reply on Jun 22, 2011 by Padraic

Some of our nanoDACs have an on-chip reference. There are 1.25V and 2.5V reference options available. If we look at the table at the bottom of the figure below we see that the 1.25V reference gives and output span of 0V to 2.5V. The 2.5V internal reference gives a 0V to 5V output span. As with all our DACs, when these parts are configures for use with an external reference the total gain=1.

 

If we look at the table at the bottom of the slide we see that the DAC output is equal to the internal reference value gained/amplified by 2. The 1.25V reference gives an output span of 0V to 2.5V and the 2.5V internal reference gives a 0V to 5V output span.

 

Due to amplifier headroom reasons, we recommend that the devices with a 2.5V reference must operate between 4.5V and 5.5V supplies and devices with a 1.25V internal reference should operate between 2.7V and 5.5V supplies.

 

 

 

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These parts can be configured for use with an external reference through software. it should be noted that this gives a different output gain. the output gain when using an external reference=1. For example, An external off-chip 3V reference gives an output span of 0V to 3V.

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