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AD8801:  Octal 8-Bit TrimDAC with Power Shutdown & Mid-Scale Preset

Product Details

The AD8801/AD8803 provides eight digitally controlled dc voltage outputs. This potentiometer divider TrimDAC® allows replacement of the mechanical trimmer function in new designs. The AD8801/AD8803 is ideal for dc voltage adjustment applications.

Easily programmed by serial interfaced microcontroller ports, the AD8801 with its midscale preset is ideal for potentiometer replacement where adjustments start at a nominal value. Applications such as gain control of video amplifiers, voltage controlled frequencies and bandwidths in video equipment, geometric correction and automatic adjustment in CRT computer graphic displays are a few of the many applications ideally suited for these parts. The AD8803 provides independent control of both the top and bottom end of the potentiometer divider allowing a separate zero-scale voltage setting determined by the VREFL pin. This is helpful for maximizing the resolution of devices with a limited allowable voltage control range.

Internally the AD8801/AD8803 contain eight voltage output digital-to-analog converters, sharing a common reference voltage input.

Each DAC has its own DAC register that holds its output state. These DAC registers are updated from an internal serial-to-parallel shift register that is loaded from a standard three-wire serial input digital interface. Eleven data bits make up the data word clocked into the serial input register. This data word is decoded where the first 3 bits determine the address of the DAC register to be loaded with the last 8 bits of data. The AD8801/AD8803 consumes only 5 mA from 5 V power supplies. In addition, in shutdown mode reference input current consumption is also reduced to 5 µA while saving the DAC latch settings for use after return to normal operation.

The AD8801/AD8803 is available in 16-pin plastic DIP and the 1.5 mm height SO-16 surface mount packages.


  • Low Cost
  • Replaces Eight Potentiometers
  • Eight Individually Programmable Outputs
  • Three-Wire Serial Input
  • Power Shutdown = µW
    Including IDD an IREF
  • Midscale Preset, AD8801
  • Separate VREFLRange Setting, AD8803
  • +3 to +5 Single Supply Operation

Functional Block Diagram for AD8801


Title Content Type File Type
AD8801/AD8803: Octal 8-Bit TrimDAC with Power Shutdown Data Sheet  (Rev A, 09/2002) (pdf, 213 kB) Data Sheets PDF
AN-342: Analog Signal-Handling for High Speed and Accuracy.  (pdf, 468 kB)
Signal handling techniques for optimizing DAC and ADC performance.
Application Notes PDF
AN-280: Mixed Signal Circuit Technologies  (pdf, 2101 kB)
Considers problems which arise when reality (& Murphy) intervene in a design which otherwise seems satisfactory in terms of theory and modeling.
Application Notes PDF
AN-219: Electronic Adjustment Made Easy with the TrimDAC®  (pdf, 404 kB) Application Notes PDF
Digital to Analog Converters ICs Solutions Bulletin  (pdf) Solutions Bulletins PDF
RAQs index Rarely Asked Questions HTML
Glossary of EE Terms Glossary HTML

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AD8801 Model Options
Model Package Pins Temp.
Price*(100-499) Price*1000 pcs RoHS View PCN/ PDN Check Inventory/
AD8801AR Status: Production 16 ld SOIC 16 Ind Tube, 48 $4.47 $4.05 N  Material Info PCN Purchase
AD8801ARZ Status: Production 16 ld SOIC 16 Ind Tube, 48 $3.88 $3.50 Y  Material Info PCN Purchase Sample
AD8801ARZ-REEL Status: Production 16 ld SOIC 16 Ind Reel, 2500 - $3.50 Y  Material Info PCN Purchase
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