AD7960:  18-Bit, 5 MSPS PULSAR® Differential ADC

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Product Status:Recommended for New Designs

The AD7960 is an 18-bit, 5 MSPS charge redistribution successive approximation (SAR), analog-to-digital converter (ADC). The SAR architecture allows unmatched performance both in noise and in linearity. The AD7960 contains a low power, high speed, 18-bit sampling ADC, an internal conversion clock and an internal reference buffer. On the CNV± edge, the AD7960 samples the voltage difference between the IN+ and IN− pins. The voltages on these pins swing in opposite phase between 0 V and 4.096 V/5 V. The reference voltage is applied to the part externally. All conversion results are available on a single LVDS self-clocked or echo-clocked serial interface.

The AD7960 is available in a 32-lead LFCSP (QFN) with operation specified from −40°C to +85°C.


  • Digital imaging systems
     Digital X-rays
     Computed tomography
     IR cameras

  •  MRI gradient control
  • High speed data acquisition
  • Spectroscopy
  • Test equipment


  • Throughput: 5 MSPS
  • 18-bit resolution with no missing codes
  • SNR 99 dB
  • INL +/-0.8 LSB
  • DNL +/-0.5 LSB
  • True differential analog input voltage range: ±4.096 V or ±5 V
  • Low power dissipation (39 mW)
  • SAR architecture
  • External reference options
  • Serial LVDS interface
  • 32-lead, 5mm × 5mm LFCSP (QFN)
  • See datasheet for more details

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AD7960: 18-Bit, 5 MSPS PulSAR Differential ADC Data Sheet (Rev C, 03/2014) (pdf, 807 kB) Data Sheets PDF
AN-1279: How to Oversample 5 MSPS, 18-Bit/16-Bit Precision SAR Converters to Increase Dynamic Range  (pdf, 416 kB) Application Notes PDF
CN0277: High-Precision, 18-Bit, 5 MSPS, Low Power Data Acquisition Signal-Chain  (pdf, 220 kB) Circuit Note PDF
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AD7960 IBIS Model  (ibs) IBIS Models IBS
AD7960 Wiki : FMC Card & Xilinx Reference Design FPGA HDL HTML

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Recommended Driver Amplifiers for the AD7960 Recommended External Voltage References for the AD7960
  • For driving the voltage reference input, we recommend the AD8031 buffer amplifier.

Recommended Low Dropout Regulators and Switchers for the AD7960

Recommended Power Solutions for the AD7960
  • For a low noise positive LDO, For 5V systems we recommend the ADM7160, for 12V systems the ADP7118 and 24V systems the ADP7142.
  • For a low noise negative LDO, for 5V, 12V and 24V systems we recommend the ADP7182.
Recommended Power Solutions
  • For selecting voltage regulator products, use ADIsimPower.

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