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  • EVAL-CN0203-SDPZ ($76.51) Flexible PLC/DCS Analog Output Module Using Only Two Analog Components
  • EVAL-SDP-CB1Z ($116.52) Eval Control Board SDP
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Features & Benefits

  • Programmable analog output
  • 16 bit resolution
  • .1% error with no missing codes
  • Ideal for PLC output modules

Circuit Function & Benefits

The circuit shown in Figure 1 is a full-featured, flexible, and programmable analog output solution that uses only two analog devices. It meets programmable logic controller (PLC) and distributed control system (DCS) applications Most of the requirements. AD5660-1 is a low power consumption (2.8 mW @ 5 V), rail-to-rail output, 16-bit nanoDAC® , AD5750-1 is an industrial current/voltage output driver. The combination of the two can provide all typical current and Voltage output range, 16-bit resolution and no missing codes, 0.05% linearity and less than 0.1% output error. The circuit also has some important features that support industrial applications, such as on-chip output fault detection, CRC check to prevent packet errors (PEC), and flexible power-on options, etc., making it very suitable for building robust industrial control systems. In mass production, it can maintain consistent performance without external precision resistors or calibration procedures, so it is an ideal choice for PLC or DCS modules.

Figure 1. Basic analog output circuit for single channel (schematic diagram, not showing all connections and protection circuits)

Circuit Description

The AD5750/AD5750-1 are single-channel, low cost, precision voltage/current output drivers developed to meet the requirements of industrial process control applications. The voltage output range can be programmed for the standard output ranges for PLC and DCS applications: 0 V to 5 V, 0 V to 10 V, −5 V to +5 V, and −10 V to +10 V. A 20% overrange setting is also provided for the standard ranges, giving the following options: 0 V to 6 V, 0 V to 12 V, −6 V to +6 V, and −12 V to +12 V.

The current output, which is provided on a separate pin, can be programmed for the ranges of 4 mA to 20 mA, 0 mA to 20 mA, −20 mA to +20 mA, 0 mA to 24 mA, and −24 mA to +24 mA. The unipolar ranges have a 2% overrange setting. Because the AD5750/AD5750-1 current output can either source or sink current, it can interface to a wide variety of sensors or actuators. The voltage and current output pins can be tied together to configure the end system as a single-channel output if desired.

The AD5660-1 is a single channel, low cost, low power, rail-to-rail voltage buffered output nanoDAC integrated with an on-chip 1.25 V, 5 ppm/°C reference. The AD5660-1 incorporates a power-on reset circuit to ensure that the DAC output powers up to 0 V and remains there until a valid write command takes place.

The interface between the AD5660-1 DAC and the AD5750-1 driver is simple and requires no external components. The output voltage range of the AD5660-1 is 0 V to 2.5 V, which matches the input range of the AD5750-1. In addition, the reference output voltage of the AD5660-1 is 1.25 V, which precisely matches the reference input requirement of the AD5750-1.

Devices for PLC and DCS applications generally need ESD protection and overvoltage protection much higher than the formal recommend specifications. The AD5750-1 has integrated ESD protection diodes internal to each pin that can prevent damage from a 3 kV transient (Human Body Model). However, the industrial control environment can subject I/O circuits to much higher transients. External 30 V, 600 W transient voltage suppressors (TVS), a 50 mA, 30 V PolySwitch, and power Schottky diodes are built into the EVAL-CN0203-SDPZ circuit board to provide higher voltage ESD protection, 50 mA overcurrent, and 30 V overvoltage protection. The optional external protection circuits are not shown in the simplified schematic of Figure 1 but can be found in the detailed schematic (EVAL-CN0203-SDPZ-SCH pdf file) in the CN0203 Design Support package: www.analog.com/CN0203-DesignSupport.

The circuit must be constructed on a multilayer PC board with a large area ground plane. Proper layout, grounding, and decoupling techniques must be used to achieve optimum performance (see Tutorial MT-031, Grounding Data Converters and Solving the Mystery of "AGND" and "DGND," and Tutorial MT-101, Decoupling Techniques).


Integral nonlinearity (INL), differential nonlinearity (DNL), and output error are the most important specifications for PLC, DCS, and other process control systems. The AD5750-1 has highly flexible and configurable output ranges that can be tailored to meet the needs of the application. Measurements of INL, DNL, and output error for the circuit are shown in Figure 2, Figure 3, and Figure 4, respectively. This data was taken at 25°C in the voltage output mode using the internal current sense resistor. The AD5750-1 range was set for 0 V to 5 V. The test results for all the other ranges are listed in Table 1.

Figure 2. INL for 0 V to 5 V Output Range


Figure 3. DNL for 0 V to 5 V Output Range


Figure 4. Output Error for 0 V to 5 V Output Range


The test results shown in Table 1 were made at 25°C using the EVAL-CN0203-SDPZ board powered by an Agilent E3631A dc supply and measured with an Agilent 34401A digital multimeter.

Note that the output ranges 0 mA to 20.4 mA and 0 mA to 24.5 mA are both designed to be trimmed by the customer to precisely match the 0 mA to 20 mA and 0 mA to 24 mA ranges. The 0.24% FSR output error measurement in the 0 mA to +24.5 mA range includes the gain error, which is removed by customer calibration.

Table 1. Test Results for All Output Ranges
Range Current Sense Resistor INL (LSB) Linearity (%FSR) Output Error (%FSR)
0V to 5V Don't Care 7.1 0.011 0.05
0V to 10V Don't Care 6.1 0.009 0.05
-5V to +5V Don't Care 6.2 0.009 0.04
-10V to +10V Don't Care 6.8 0.010 0.04
0V to 6V Don't Care 6.9 0.010 0.05
0V to 12V Don't Care 5.3 0.008 0.09
-6V to +6V Don't Care 8.0 0.012 0.06
-12V to +12V Don't Care 7.4 0.011 0.08
-2.5V to +2.5V Don't Care 5.6 0.008 0.05
4 mA to 20 mA Internal 6.3 0.010 0.07
4 mA to 20 mA External 6.2 0.010 0.07
0 mA to 20 mA Internal 5.8 0.009 0.06
0 mA to 20 mA External 5.7 0.009 0.06
0 mA to 24 mA Internal 5.4 0.008 0.07
0 mA to 24 mA External 5.5 0.008 0.06
-20 mA to +20 mA Internal 8.8 0.013 0.05
-20 mA to +20 mA External 9.3 0.014 0.05
-24 mA to +24 mA Internal 9.2 0.014 0.05
-24 mA to +24 mA External 10.1 0.015 0.04
3.92 mA to +20.4 mA Internal 6.7 0.010 0.03
0 mA to +20.4 mA Internal 7.6 0.012 0.05
0 mA to +24.5 mA Internal 3.4 0.007 0.24

Common Variations

The AD5620 (12-bit) and AD5640 (14-bit) are pin-compatible with the AD5660 for applications not requiring 16-bit resolution.

For multichannel applications, the AD5623R (12-bit), AD5643R (14-bit), and AD5663R (16-bit) are dual nanoDAC devices, and the AD5624R (12-bit), AD5644R (14-bit), and AD5664R (16-bit) are quad nanoDAC devices.

The AD5750 driver is pin-compatible with the AD5750-1 and can accept a 0 V to 4.096 V input range when used with a 4.096 V reference. The AD5751 is a unipolar analog output driver and can supply a 40 V output using a 50 V AVDD supply.

Circuit Evaluation & Test

Equipment Needed (Equivalents Can Be Substituted)

  • System Demonstration Platform (EVAL-SDP-CB1Z)
  • CN-0203 Circuit Evaluation Board (EVAL-CN0203-SDPZ)
  • CN-0203 Evaluation Software
  • Software for controlling external test measurement equipment (not included on CD)
  • Agilent 34401A 6.5 Digital Multimeter
  • Agilent E3631A 0 V to 6 V/5 A; ±25 V/1 A Triple Output DC Power Supply
  • PC (Windows® 2000 or Windows XP) with USB interface
  • National Instruments GPIB to USB-B interface and cable

Getting Started

Load the evaluation software by placing the CN-0203 Evaluation Software disc in the CD drive of the PC. Using "My Computer," locate the drive that contains the evaluation software disc and open the Readme file. Follow the instructions contained in the Readme file for installing and using the evaluation software.

Functional Block Diagram

Figure 5 shows a functional block diagram of the test setup. The pdf file “EVAL-CN0203-SDPZ-SCH” contains the detailed circuit schematics for the CN-0203 evaluation board. This file is contained in the CN-0203 Design Support Package: www.analog.com/CN0203-DesignSupport.


Connect the 120-pin connector on the EVAL-CN0203-SDPZ circuit board to the connector marked “CON A” or “CON B” on the EVAL-SDP-CB1Z evaluation (SDP) board. Nylon hardware should be used to firmly secure the two boards, using the holes provided at the ends of the 120-pin connectors. After successfully setting the dc output supply to +15 V, −15 V and +6 V output, turn the power supply off.

With power to the supply off, connect a +15 V power supply to pin of CN1 marked “+15 V,” a −15 V power supply to the pin of CN1 marked “−15 V” and “GND” to the pin of CN1 marked “GND”. Connect +6 V to CN2 the same way. Turn on the power supply and then connect USB cable with the SDP board to the USB port on the PC. Note: Do not connect the USB cable to the mini USB connector on the SDP board before turning on the dc power supply for the EVAL-CN0203-SDPZ.

Figure 5. Test Setup Functional Block Diagram 


Table 2. Jumper Settings for EVAL-CN0203-SDPZ (Bold Values Are Default Settings)
Jumper Descriptions Setting Function
JP1 Sets the address of AD5750-1 Shorting Pin1 with Pin2 Address of AD5750:b'001
Shorting Pin3 with Pin2 Address of AD5750:b'000
JP2 Sets the external compensation capacitor Shorting Adding 1 nF Compensation Capacitor
Opening Removing 1 nF Compensation Capacitor
JP3 VSENSE+ Setting Shorting Shorting VSENSE+ with VOUT internally
Opening VSENSE+ has no connection with VOUT internally
JP4 VSENSE- Setting Shorting Shorting VSENSE- with GND internally
Opening VSENSE- has no connection with GND internally
JP5 Shorts the VOUT and IOUT pins Shorting Shorts VOUT and IOUT together
Opening VOUT and IOUT have no connection internally
JP6 Sets the CLEAR Mode for AD5750-1 Shorting Clears to midscale
Opening Clears to zero scale



After setting up the test equipment, connect the pin of CN3 marked “VOUT” or the pin of CN4 marked “IOUT” to the input of the Agilent 34401A. Make sure that the cable connection on the front panel of the Agilent 34401A is correct, depending on the different input signal type (current or voltage). Testing the INL, DNL, and total error will take a considerable amount of time because all of the AD5660-1 16-bit DAC levels must be set and measured by the 34401A.

The software provided on the CD allows the DAC codes to be set by the PC. An automatic test program is necessary to step through the codes and analyze the data. This is not provided on the CD but must be implemented by the customer to correspond to the requirements of the particular multimeter used in the test setup.

In the test configuration shown in Figure 5, the GPIB output of the 34401A multimeter interfaces to a second USB port on the PC using the National Instruments GPIB to USB-B interface and cable. This allows the multimeter readings corresponding to each code to be loaded into an Excel spreadsheet in the PC. The data is then be analyzed for INL, DNL, and total error using industry-standard definitions.

For more details on the definitions and how to calculate the INL, DNL, and total error from the measured data, see the "TERMINOLOGY" section of the AD5662 data sheet and also the following reference: Data Conversion Handbook, "Testing Data Converters," Chapter 5, Analog Devices.