Features and Benefits

  • 8-Pin SO Package
  • Buffered Voltage Output
  • Built-In 2.048V Reference
  • 500µV/LSB with 2.048V Full Scale
  • 1/2 LSB Max DNL Error
  • Guaranteed 12-Bit Monotonic
  • 3-Wire Cascadable Serial Interface
  • Wide Single Supply Range: VCC = 4.75V to 15.75V
  • Low Power: ICC Typ = 350µA with 5V Supply

Product Details

The LTC®1257 is a complete single supply, 12-bit voltage output D/A converter (DAC) in an SO-8 package. The LTC1257 includes an output buffer amplifier, 2.048V voltage reference and an easy to use 3-wire cascadable serial interface. An external reference can be used to override the internal reference and extend the output voltage range to 12V. The power supply current is a low 350µA when operating from a 5V supply, making the LTC1257 ideal for battery-powered applications. The space-saving 8-pin SO package and operation with no external components provide the smallest 12-bit D/A system available.


  • Digital Offset/Gain Adjustment
  • Industrial Process Control
  • Automatic Test Equipment

Product Lifecycle icon-recommended Production

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.

Tools & Simulations

Precision DAC Error Budget Tool

The Precision DAC Error Budget Tool is a web application that calculates the DC Accuracy of precision DAC signal chains. It shows how the static errors accumulate throughout your signal chain to quickly evaluate the design tradeoffs. Calculations include the DC errors introduced by Voltage References, Operation Amplifiers and Precision DACs.

Precision DAC Error Budget Tool

Product Recommendations

LTC1257 Companion Parts

Recommended µModule Isolator

Design Resources

ADI has always placed the highest emphasis on delivering products that meet the maximum levels of quality and reliability. We achieve this by incorporating quality and reliability checks in every scope of product and process design, and in the manufacturing process as well.  "Zero defects" for shipped products is always our goal.

Sample & Buy

Sample & Buy functionality exists in desktop site
Check Inventory

The USA list pricing shown is for BUDGETARY USE ONLY, shown in United States dollars (FOB USA per unit for the stated volume), and is subject to change. International prices may differ due to local duties, taxes, fees and exchange rates. For volume-specific price or delivery quotes, please contact your local Analog Devices, Inc. sales office or authorized distributor. Pricing displayed for Evaluation Boards and Kits is based on 1-piece pricing.

Price Table Help