20-Bit, Pin-Programmable, Ultralow Power Sigma-Delta ADC

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The AD7781 is a complete low power front-end solution for bridge sensor products, including weigh scales, strain gages, and pressure sensors. It contains a precision low power 20-bit sigma-delta (Σ-Δ) ADC, an on-chip, low noise programmable gain amplifier (PGA), and an on-chip oscillator.

Consuming only 330 μA, the AD7781 is particularly suitable for portable or battery-operated products where very low power is required. The AD7781 also has a power-down mode that allows the user to switch off the power to the bridge sensor and power down the AD7781 when not converting, thus increasing the battery life of the product.

For ease of use, all the features of the AD7781 are controlled by dedicated pins. Each time that a data read occurs, eight status bits are appended to the 20-bit conversion. These status bits contain a pattern sequence that can be used to confirm the validity of the serial transfer.

The on-chip PGA has a gain of 1 or 128, supporting a full-scale differential input of ±5 V or ±39 mV. The device has two filter response options. The filter response at the 16.7 Hz update rate provides superior dynamic performance. The settling time is 120 ms at this update rate. At the 10 Hz update rate, the filter response provides better than -45 dB of stop-band attenuation. In load cell applications, this stop-band rejection is useful to reject low frequency mechanical vibrations of the load cell. The settling time is 300 ms at this update rate. Simultaneous 50 Hz/60 Hz rejection occurs at both the 10 Hz and 16.7 Hz update rates.

The AD7781 operates with a power supply from 2.7 V to 5.25 V. It is available in a narrow body, 14-lead SOIC package and in a 16-lead TSSOP package.


  • Weigh scales
  • Pressure measurement
  • Industrial process control
  • Portable instrumentation

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The EVAL-AD7781 is the evaluation board for the AD7781, which is a pin programmable, low power, 20-bit sigma-delta (Σ-Δ) ADC. The AD7781 is a complete analog front end for low frequency measurement applications such as bridge sensor systems. It contains one differential input and includes a low noise instrumentation amplifier. The output data rate can be programmed to 10 Hz or 16.7 Hz. The AD7781 also has an on-board clock, eliminating the need for an external clock. It employs a Σ-Δ conversion technique to realize up to 20 bits of no missing codes performance. The input signal is applied to an analog modulator. The modulator output is processed by an on-chip digital filter. The analog input channel of the AD7781 accepts analog input signals of ±VREF or ±VREF/128. With the update rate programmed to 10 Hz, the rms noise is 44 nV when the gain is 128. Simultaneous 50 Hz/60 Hz rejection is available at both output data rates.

The evaluation board interfaces to the USB port of an IBMcompatible PC. Software is available with the evaluation board that allows users to easily communicate with the AD7781.

Please note: This Evaluation software does not run on Windows 8 or Windows 10 (USB driver is non-compliant with OS >Windows 7).

Note that the AD7781 evaluation board software should be installed before connecting the AD7781 evaluation board to the PC.

Another component on the AD7781 evaluation board is the ADP3303 high precision, low power, 3.3 V output voltage regulator, which is used to power the USB/SPI interface.

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