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D to A Converter-Summing

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Summing Amplifier Converter

DAC Summing.gif

In this diagram if the binary input is 0101, using the summing amplifier formula ...

Vout = -10( 0 / 10 + 5 / 20 + 0 / 40 + 5 / 80 ) = 250 / 80 = -3.125 Volts


Resolution is the size of the voltage steps as the digital data is incremented (add one) or decremented (subtract one).

0.625 Volts is the size of the smallest step. This is the resolution of the DAC.

Digital Ramp

If the DAC above is driven with a signal from a binary up counter increasing from 0 to 15, the output voltage will decrease in steps of 0.625 Volts.

This gives an output like this ...

DAC Ramp.gif

8 Bit Latch and Summing DAC

DAC Summing-Latch.gif

Here is a diagram showing an 8 bit DAC with a data latch. On the rising edge of the clock pulse, the data is latched (stored in the latch). The latch is needed if the data input not always available. When the input is valid, the rising edge of the clock causes the latch to store the data.

For example, this circuit might be connected to the data bus of a computer. Most of the time the bus is carrying data that is nothing to do with the DAC output. If the DAC is memory mapped, an address decoder would be used to trigger the clock in response to a particular address.




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