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ADCs deliver high-precision industrial measurements

Dallas, Tex. — Texas Instruments Inc. (TI) has introduced two multi-channel, 16-bit, delta-sigma analog-to-digital converters (ADCs), which are said to combine excellent DC accuracy and AC performance with cost-effective integration. The ADS1174 (4-channel) and ADS1178 (8-channel) provide a simultaneous-sampling measurement system for signal acquisition applications such as power metering, defibrillators and ECG monitors, as well as pressure sensors, coriolis flow meters and vibration/modal analysis.

The ADS1174 and ADS1178 feature 25 kHz bandwidth, 2 uV/C offset drift and up to 97 dB signal-to-noise ratio (SNR). Two operating modes allow for optimization of speed (52 kSPS) or power dissipation (7 mW/channel).

Traditionally, industrial delta-sigma ADCs offering good drift performance use digital filters with large passband droop, resulting in limited signal bandwidth and mostly suited for DC measurements, TI said. High-resolution ADCs for audio applications offer larger usable bandwidths, but the offset and drift specifications are significantly worse (and often unspecified) than their industrial counterparts, added TI. The ADS1174 and ADS1178 combine these two types of converters, allowing for high-precision industrial measurements with excellent DC and AC specifications.

The high-order, chopper-stabilized modulator achieves very low drift and low noise over the signal bandwidth of DC up to the Nyquist frequency. The onboard decimation filter suppresses modulator and out-of-band noise, providing a usable signal bandwidth up to 90 percent of the Nyquist rate with stopband attenuation of 100 dB.

A selectable SPI or frame sync serial interface allows for interfacing to DSPs, FPGAs and microcontrollers. Either interface supports daisy chaining to simplify readback of multiple ADS1174 or ADS1178 ADCs in high channel-count systems.

The ADCs are fully specified over the industrial temperature range of -40°C to +105°C. Available in identical packages, the ADCs are drop-in compatible with the high-performance, 24-bit ADS1274 and ADS1278 for convenient upgrades. The ADCs are available now in HTQFP-64 PowerPAD packages.

Pricing: The ADS1174 is priced at $12.45 each in quantities of 100. The ADS1178 is priced at $19.95 each in quantities of 100 (Suggested resale pricing).
Product information: ADS1174 and ADS1178 and Amplifier and Data Converter Selection Guide

Texas Instruments , 1-800-477-8924, www.ti.com

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