Low Voltage Controller for Touch Screens
The AD7879/AD7889 are 12-bit successive approximation analog-to-digital converters (SAR ADCs) with a synchronous serial interface and low on-resistance switches for driving 4-wire resistive touch screens. The AD7879/AD7889 work with a very low power supply—a single 1.6 V to 3.6 V supply—and feature a throughput rate of 105 kSPS. The devices include a shutdown mode that reduces current consumption to less than 6 μA.
To reduce the effects of noise from LCDs and other sources, the AD7879/AD7889 contain a preprocessing block. The preprocessing function consists of a median filter and an averaging filter. The combination of these two filters provides a more robust solution, discarding the spurious noise in the signal and keeping only the data of interest. The size of both filters is programmable. Other user-programmable conversion controls include variable acquisition time and first conversion delay; up to 16 averages can be taken per conversion. The AD7879/AD7889 can run in slave mode or standalone (master) mode, using an automatic conversion sequencer and timer.
The AD7879/AD7889 have a programmable pin that can operate as an auxiliary input to the ADCs, as a battery monitor, or as a general-purpose input/output (GPIO). In addition, a programmable interrupt output can operate in three modes: as a general-purpose interrupt to signal when new data is available (DAV), as an interrupt to indicate when limits are exceeded (INT), or as a pen-down interrupt when the screen is touched (PENIRQ). The AD7879/AD7889 offer temperature measurement and touch pressure measurement.
The AD7879 is available in a 12-ball, 1.6 mm × 2 mm WLCSP and in a 16-lead, 4 mm × 4 mm LFCSP. The AD7889 is available in a backside coated version of the WLCSP. Both devices support an SPI interface (AD7879/AD7889) or an I2C interface (AD7879-1/ AD7889-1).
- Personal digital assistants
- Smart handheld devices
- Touch screen monitors
- Point-of-sale terminals
- Medical devices
- Cell phones
At least one model within this product family is in production and available for purchase. The product is appropriate for new designs but newer alternatives may exist.
For use with AD7879 Evaluation Board. The software must be installed before the board is plugged in to the USB port on the PC. If the board is has been plugged in before the software is installed, you may need to update the driver. Do this by right clicking on My Computer, select Properties, then Device Manager, then Universal Serial Bus controllers. Right click on the USB device with the yellow "!" next to it and select Update Driver.
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