High Precision, Impedance & Electrochemical Front End

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  • Analog input
    • 16-bit ADC with both 800 kSPS and 1.6 MSPS options
    • Voltage, current, and impedance measurement capability
      • Internal and external current and voltage channels
      • Ultralow leakage switch matrix and input mux
    • Input buffers and programmable gain amplifier
  • Voltage DACs
    • Dual output voltage DAC with an output range of 0.2 V to 2.4 V
  • 12-bit VBIAS0 output to bias potentiostat
    • 6-bit VZERO0 output to bias TIA
    • Ultra low power: 1 µA
    • 1 high speed, 12-bit DAC
      • Output range to sensor: ±607 mV
      • Programmable gain amplifier on output with gain settings of 2 and 0.05
  • Amplifiers, accelerators, and references
    • 1 low power, low noise potentiostat amplifier suitable for potentiostat bias in electrochemical sensing
    • 1 low noise, low power TIA, suitable for measuring sensor current output
      • 50 pA to 3 mA range
      • Programmable load and gain resistors for sensor output
    • Analog hardware accelerators
      • Digital waveform generator
      • Receive filters
      • Complex impedance measurement (DFT) engine
    • 1 high speed TIA to handle wide bandwidth input signals from 0.015 Hz up to 200 kHz
    • Digital waveform generator for generation of sinusoid and trapezoid waveforms
    • 2.5 V and 1.82 V internal reference voltage sources
    • System level power savings
      • Fast power-up and power-down analog blocks for duty cycling
      • Programmable AFE sequencer to minimize workload of host controller
      • 6 kB SRAM to preprogram AFE sequences
      • Ultra low power potentiostat channel: 6.5 µA of current consumption when powered on and all other blocks in hibernate mode
    • Smart sensor synchronization and data collection
      • Cycle accurate control of sensor measurement
      • Sequencer controlled GPIOs
    • On-chip peripherals
      • SPI serial input/output
      • Wake-up timer
      • Interrupt controller
    • Power
    • 2.8 V to 3.6 V supply
    • 1.82 V input/output compliant
    • Power-on reset
    • Hibernate mode with low power DAC and potentiostat amplifier powered up to maintain sensor bias
    • Package and temperature range
    • AD5940: 3.6 mm × 4.2 mm, 56-ball WLCSP
    • AD5941: 7 mm × 7 mm, 48-lead LFCSP
    • AD5940 and AD5941 fully specified for operating temperature range of −40°C to +85°C
    • AD5941W fully specified for operating temperature range of −40°C to +105°C
    • AEC-Q100 qualified for automotive applications
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The AD5940 and AD5941 are high precision, low power analog front ends (AFEs) designed for portable applications that require high precision, electrochemical-based measurement techniques, such as amperometric, voltammetric, or impedance measurements. The AD5940/AD5941 is designed for skin impedance and body impedance measurements, and works with the AD8233 AFE in a complete bioelectric or biopotential measurement system. The AD5940/AD5941 is designed for electrochemical toxic gas sensing.

The AD5940/AD5941 consist of two high precision excitation loops and one common measurement channel, which enables a wide capability of measurements of the sensor under test. The first excitation loop consists of an ultra low power, dual-output string, digital-to-analog converter (DAC), and a low power, low noise potentiostat. One output of the DAC controls the noninverting input of the potentiostat, and the other output controls the noninverting input of the transimpedance amplifier (TIA). This low power excitation loop is capable of generating signals from dc to 200 Hz.

The second excitation loop consists of a 12-bit DAC, referred to as the high speed DAC. This DAC is capable of generating high frequency excitation signals up to 200 kHz.

The AD5940/AD5941 measurement channel features a 16-bit, 800 kSPS, multichannel successive approximation register (SAR) analog-to-digital converter (ADC) with input buffers, a built in antialias filter, and a programmable gain amplifier (PGA). An input multiplexer (mux) in front of the ADC allows the user to select an input channel for measurement. These input channels include multiple external current inputs, external voltage inputs, and internal channels. The internal channels allow diagnostic measurements of the internal supply voltages, die temperature, and reference voltages.

The current inputs include two TIAs with programmable gain and load resistors for measuring different sensor types. The first TIA, referred to as the low power TIA, measures low bandwidth signals. The second TIA, referred to as the high speed TIA, measures high bandwidth signals up to 200 kHz.

An ultra low leakage, programmable switch matrix connects the sensor to the internal analog excitation and measurement blocks. This matrix provides an interface for connecting external transimpedance amplifier resistors (RTIAs) and calibration resistors. The matrix can also be used to multiplex multiple electronic measurement devices to the same wearable electrodes.

A precision 1.82 V and 2.5 V on-chip reference source is available. The internal ADC and DAC circuits use this on-chip reference source to ensure low drift performance for the 1.82 V and 2.5 V peripherals.

The AD5940/AD5941 measurement blocks can be controlled via direct register writes through the serial peripheral interface (SPI) interface, or, alternatively, by using a preprogrammable sequencer, which provides autonomous control of the AFE chip. 6 kB of static random access memory (SRAM) is partitioned for a deep data first in, first out (FIFO) and command FIFO. Measurement commands are stored in the command FIFO and measurement results are stored in the data FIFO. A number of FIFO related interrupts are available to indicate when the FIFO is full.

A number of general-purpose inputs/outputs (GPIOs) are available and controlled using the AFE sequencer. The AFE sequencer allows cycle accurate control of multiple external sensor devices.

The AD5940/AD5941 operate from a 2.8 V to 3.6 V supply and are specified over a temperature range of −40°C to +85°C. The AD5940 is packaged in a 56-lead, 3.6 mm × 4.2 mm WLCSP. The AD5941 is packaged in a 48-lead LFCSP.


  • Electrochemical measurements
  • Electrochemical gas sensors
  • Potentiostat/amperometric/voltammetry/cyclic voltammetry
  • Bioimpedance applications
    • Skin impedance
    • Body impedance
  • Continuous glucose monitoring
  • Battery impedance
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Electrochemical Evaluation Board



Electrochemical Evaluation Board

Electrochemical Evaluation Board

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The AD5941 is specifically designed for high precision analysis of electrochemical cells. This evaluation kit is designed to easily configure the AD5941 to perform electrochemical measurements on a typical electrochemical cell. The evaluation kit includes the EVAL-ADICUP3029 Arm® Cortex-M3 microcontrollerbased Arduino Uno form factor board, the EVAL-AD5941 daughter board and custom micro USB to crocodile cables to connect the hardware to various chemistry setups.
Reference Designs

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Electrochemical Impedance Spectroscopy (EIS) for Batteries

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