Data Converter Design Tools

Data Converter Design Tools

Analog Devices' data converter design tools enable users to quickly and easily select, model, simulate, and evaluate our industry-leading data converter products. When designing with high-speed (>10 MSPS) and precision (<10 MSPS) analog-to-digital converters (ADC) or digital-to-analog converters (DAC), online selection and modeling tools are available. For more advanced high-speed ADC simulation capabilities, the VisualAnalog™ software package provides a customizable evaluation environment, and can also be used as a hardware controller.

Analog-to-Digital Converters (ADCs)

Online ADC Analysis Online ADC Analysis For simple product selection, a simple web based application is accessible from the product pages of devices that are supported by ADIsimADC. This tool requires no downloads and allows control of the test conditions and 'design' specific performance plots. Results are graphed which greatly reduces the uncertainty of how a part will perform in an application. The tool also allows input of desired operating conditions and required performance levels and it will recommend suitable devices to the user.

  • Advanced online product selection tool
  • Vary input amplitude and frequency
  • Single tone or two-tone FFT analysis
  • Amplitude and frequency sweeps
  • Generate a list of ADCs that meet your signal processing requirements
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Go to the High Speed Evaluation Board Software and Behavioral Models

ADC Analyzer VisualAnalog™ For designers who are selecting or evaluating high speed ADCs, VisualAnalog™ is a software package that combines a powerful set of simulation and data analysis tools with a user-friendly graphical interface. Many designers are familiar with ADCAnalyzer – a tool that models ADC performance with varying input frequencies and sample rates. VisualAnalog takes this concept further by allowing designers to customize their input signal and data analysis. An input signal can be constructed from sine waves, noise sources, and vector data to see how an ADC will perform in real world conditions. The data analysis functions are expanded from the basic FFTs that are available in ADCAnalyzer as well. Customizable calculations allow designers to predict adjacent channel power ratio (ACPR) and display I/Q constellation plots on simulated ADC outputs or data collected from evaluation boards. VisualAnalog™ is also used as a controller for a new data capture board (HSC-ADC-EVALCZ).

  • Configure ADC evaluation boards with HSC-ADC-EVALC or HSC-ADC-EVALB data capture kit
  • Analyze data from HSC-ADC-EVALC
  • Model ADC performance with complex input waveforms
  • Plot I & Q constellations
  • Create customized power calculations
    • - NPR
    • - ACPRL
  • See 3 videos that describe the features and benefits of VisualAnalog™ and how to interface VisualAnalog™ to an evaluation board

Note: There is a known hardware driver installation issue. If you experience problems, please read the following document that outlines a workaround. We are currently working on a solution.

Download VisualAnalog™

See also VisualAnalog™ User's Guide (pdf)

SPIController SPIController The high speed ADC SPI program allows the user to control advanced features on high speed, analog-to-digital converters (ADCs) with SPI capability. A complete list of features can be found in the specific product's data sheet and in the Application Notes: High Speed ADC SPI Control Software (pdf).

  • Microsoft .NET Framework 3.5 is required by parts of this program and should be installed if not already on the target machine
  • Generates end use C source code
  • Generates assembly code for PIC12F629
  • Uses standard USB port interface
  • Works with HSC-ADC-EVALB (FIFO-based) and HSC-ADC-EVALC (FPGA-based) data acquisition kits

Note: There is a known hardware driver installation issue. If you experience problems, please read the following document that outlines a workaround. We are currently working on a solution.

Download SPIController

Digital-to-Analog Converters (DACs)

Online DAC Selection

ADIsimDACADIsimDAC assists the user with finding precision Analog Devices DAC's and DAC Application Circuits. It takes user inputs along with Typical Parametric Data to sort, select and suggest applicable precision DAC's, system components and circuits solutions.

Go to ADIsimDAC page

DPG Data Pattern Generator (DPG) High-Speed DAC Evaluation Platform The Data Pattern Generator is a bench-top instrument for driving vectors into high-speed Analog Devices' high-speed Digital-to-Analog converters. The DPG connects to a PC over USB, and allows a user to download a vector from their PC into the DPG’s internal memory. Once downloaded, the vector can be played out to an attached Evaluation Board for a specific DAC at full speed. This allows for rapid evaluation of the high-speed DAC with both generic and customer-generated test data.

Go to DPG

Direct Digital Synthesis (DDS)

Online ADC AnalysisADISimDDS allows a user to select a device, enter the desired operating conditions and evaluate its general performance of ADI's Direct Digital Synthesis products. It uses mathematical equations to approximate the overall performance of the selected device. The tool should be used as a design aid only.

Go to ADIsimDDS page
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