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AD7142:  Programmable Controller for Capacitance Touch Sensors

Product Details

The AD7142 and AD7142-1 are integrated capacitance-to-digital converters (CDCs) with on-chip environmental calibration for use in systems requiring a novel user input method. The AD7142 and AD7142-1 can interface to external capacitance sensors implementing functions such as capacitive buttons, scroll bars, or wheels.

The CDC has 14 inputs channeled through a switch matrix to a 16-bit, 250 kHz sigma-delta (∑-Δ) capacitance-to-digital converter. The CDC is capable of sensing changes in the capacitance of the external sensors and uses this information to register a sensor activation. The external sensors can be arranged as a series of buttons, as a scroll bar or wheel, or as a combination of sensor types. By programming the registers, the user has full control over the CDC setup. High resolution sensors require minor software to run on the host processor.

The AD7142 and AD7142-1 have on-chip calibration logic to account for changes in the ambient environment. The calibration sequence is performed automatically and at continuous intervals, when the sensors are not touched. This ensures that there are no false or nonregistering touches on the external sensors due to a changing environment.

The AD7142 has an SPI-compatible serial interface, and the AD7142-1 has an I2C-compatible serial interface. Both parts have an interrupt output, as well as a general-purpose input/ output (GPIO).

The AD7142 and AD7142-1 are available in a 32-lead, 5 mm × 5 mm LFCSP_VQ and operate from a 2.6 V to 3.6 V supply. The operating current consumption is less than 1 mA, falling to 50 μA in low power mode (conversion interval of 400 ms).


  • Personal music and multimedia players
  • Cell phones
  • Digital still cameras
  • Smart hand-held devices
  • Television, A/V, and remote controls
  • Gaming consoles


  • Programmable capacitance-to-digital converter
    36 ms update rate (@ maximum sequence length)
    Better than 1 fF resolution
    14 capacitance sensor input channels
    No external RC tuning components required
    Automatic conversion sequencer
  • On-chip automatic calibration logic
    Automatic compensation for environmental changes
    Automatic adaptive threshold and sensitivity levels
  • On-chip RAM to store calibration data
  • SPI®-compatible serial interface (AD7142)
  • I2C®-compatible serial interface (AD7142-1)
  • Separate VDRIVE level for serial interface
  • Interrupt output and GPIO
  • 32-lead, 5 mm x 5 mm LFCSP_VQ
  • 2.6 V to 3.6 V supply voltage
  • Low operating current
    Full power mode: less than 1 mA
    Low power mode: 50 μA

Functional Block Diagram for AD7142


This product is not recommended for new designs. The AD7147 is recommended instead for new CapTouch® designs.


Title Content Type File Type
AD7142: Programmable Controller for Capacitance Touch Sensors Data Sheet (Rev A, 01/2007) (pdf, 1369 kB) Data Sheets PDF
AN-854: Sensor PCB Design Guidelines for the AD7142 and AD7143 Capacitance-to-Digital Converters (Rev. A, 2/07)  (pdf, 582 kB) Application Notes PDF
AN-929: Tuning the AD714x for CapTouch® Applications  (pdf, 618 kB) Application Notes PDF
AN-857: Introduction to AD7142 Host Software Requirements  (pdf, 76 kB) Application Notes PDF
AN-858: AD7142 Sensor Board In-Line Production Test Procedure  (pdf, 124 kB) Application Notes PDF
AN-830: Factors Affecting Sensor Response  (pdf, 161 kB) Application Notes PDF
AN-829: Environmental Compensation on the AD7142: The Effects of Temperature and Humidity on Capacitance Sensors  (pdf, 101 kB) Application Notes PDF
Webcast: Design And Develop Innovative And Robust Touch Sensor Interfaces Using Capacitive-To-Digital Converters
This Webcast will focus on the design and development of CDC-based touch sensors and their application, cite CDC product examples such as the AD7142, and explore development tools provided by ADI.
Webcasts WEBCAST
Capacitance Sensors for Human Interfaces to Electronic Equipment
(Analog Dialogue, Vol. 40, October, 2006)
Analog Dialogue HTML
MS-2210: Designing Power Supplies for High Speed ADC  (pdf, 327 kB) Technical Articles PDF
Capacitance Sensors for Human Interfaces to Electronic Equipment
(Analog Dialogue, Vol. 40, October, 2006)
Technical Articles HTML
Capacitive Sensors Can Replace Mechanical Switches for Touch Control
by Wayne Palmer (Mobile Handset DesignLine, 5/1/2006)
Technical Articles HTML
Building a reliable capacitive-sensor interface
by Wayne Palmer, Analog Devices, Inc. (Planet Analog, 6/29/2006)
Technical Articles HTML
EE Times Names ACE Finalists
(EE Times, 1/15/2007)
Product Reviews HTML
ADI's Capacitance-To-Digital Converter
(Design News, 7/17/2006)
Product Reviews HTML
analogZONE Reviews The AD7142 CDC  (htm)
(analogZONE, 1/2/2006)
Product Reviews HTM
Programmable 16-Bit CDC Targets Handheld Touch Screen Apps
(Portable Design, 12/12/2005)
Product Reviews HTML
Programmable Capacitance-to-Digital Converter Includes 14 Channels
(EDN, 1/5/2006)
Product Reviews HTML
A New Take on CE Inputs
(Electronic News, 12/21/2005)
Product Reviews HTML
Capacitance-to-digital Converter Targets Touch Controls
(eeProductCenter, 12/16/2005)
Product Reviews HTML
Capacitance-To-Digital Converter Eases Touch-Based Switch Implementation
(PlanetAnalog, 12/9/2005)
Product Reviews HTML
Capacitive Touch Sensors Gain Fans
(EDN - 6/22/2006)
Product Reviews HTML
iPod's Lesson: Please Touch
(EETimes, 12/12/2005)
Product Reviews HTML
Capacitive Touch Sensors Fulfill Early Promise
(EDN Europe - 6/8/06)
Product Reviews HTML
Motion Sensing Devices Make Integrated Systems Easy
(Electropages, 11/24/2006)
Product Reviews HTML
Capacitance-To-Digital Converter Simplifies Touchpad Design
(EDN, 1/19/2006)
Product Reviews HTML
2008 Medical Solution Profile  (pdf, 126 kB)
High Performance ICs for Medical Imaging, Patient Monitoring, and Instrumentation
Overview PDF
Leading Inside Advertorials: Providing an Edge in Capacitive Sensor Applications  (pdf, 85 kB) Overview PDF
Leading Inside Advertorials: Boost Precision and Accuracy with Single Chip Capacitance- and Impedance-to-Digital Converters  (pdf, 482 kB) Overview PDF
Touch Controller System Block Diagram Overview HTML
Medical Applications Overview HTML
What are Capacitive Sensors and how are they used? FAQs/RAQs HTML
RAQs index Rarely Asked Questions HTML
Glossary of EE Terms Glossary HTML

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AD7142 Model Options
Model Package Pins Temp.
Price*(100-499) Price*1000 pcs RoHS View PCN/ PDN Check Inventory/
AD7142ACPZ-1500RL7 Status: Production 32 ld LFCSP (5x5mm CP-32-2) 32 Ind Reel, 500 - $1.37 Y  Material Info PCN Purchase Sample
AD7142ACPZ-1REEL Status: Production 32 ld LFCSP (5x5mm CP-32-2) 32 Ind Reel, 5000 - $1.37 Y  Material Info PCN Purchase
AD7142ACPZ-500RL7 Status: Production 32 ld LFCSP (5x5mm CP-32-2) 32 Ind Reel, 500 - $1.37 Y  Material Info PCN Purchase Sample
AD7142ACPZ-REEL Status: Production 32 ld LFCSP (5x5mm CP-32-2) 32 Ind Reel, 5000 - $1.37 Y  Material Info PCN Purchase
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