The AD7846 is a 16-bit DAC constructed with Analog Devices' LC2MOS process. It has VREF+ and VREF- reference inputs and an on-chip output amplifier. These can be configured to give a unipooutput range (0 V to +5 V, 0 V to +10 V) or bipolar output ranges (±5 V, ±10 V).
The DAC uses a segmented architecture. The 4 MSBs in the DAC latch select one of the segments in a 16-resistor string. Both taps of the segment are buffered by amplifiers and fed to a 12-bit DAC, which provides a further 12 bits of resolution. This architecture ensures 16-bit monotonicity. Excellent integral linearity results from tight matching between the input offset voltages of the two buffer amplifiers.
In addition to the excellent accuracy specifications, the AD7846 also offers a comprehensive microprocessor interface. There are 16 data I/O pins, plus control lines (CS, R/W, LDAC and CLR). R/W and CS allow writing to and reading from the I/O latch. This is the readback function which is useful in ATE applications. LDAC allows simultaneous updating of DACs in a multi-DAC system and the CLR line will reset the contents the DAC latch to 00 . . . 000 or 10 . . . 000 depending on the state of R/W. This means that the DAC output can be reset to 0 V in both the unipolar and bipolar configurations.
The AD7846 is available in 28-pin plastic, ceramic, LCCC and PLCC packages.
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.
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