Dallas, Tex. Texas Instruments Inc. (TI) has introduced a support tool that enables designers to evaluate signal chain performance for test and measurement, industrial and communications applications including arbitrary waveform and signal generators. The TSW3070 development kit simplifies the complexity of interfacing between high-speed digital-to-analog converters (DACs) and amplifiers and includes clocking and power management devices to further ease design and reduce cycle time, TI said.
In addition, the DAC and amplifier development tool allows customers to implement alternative design configurations based on the unique requirements of their systems, which are configurable via an easy-to-use graphical user interface (GUI).
The TSW3070 development kit includes a high-speed DAC, two amplifiers, a complete on-board clocking solution and power supply circuitry, including the following:
- DAC5682Z dual-channel, 1-GSPS DAC with current sink output
- OPA695 current feedback amplifier with 1.4-GHz bandwidth
- THS3091/5 high voltage swing amplifier with 30-V supply voltage
- CDCM7005 jitter cleaner with 800-MHz VCXO and10-MHz reference
- TPS7675x, TPS5430, UCC284-5 on-board voltage supply solution from a single 6-V wall supply
The TSW3070 provides designers with the flexibility to implement multiple configuration options. The DAC5682Z converter with LVDS interface offers many digital features which can be configured using the GUI such as selectable low-, high-, or bypass filter modes; interpolation (2x, 4x or bypass); optional +/-Fs/4 or +/-Fs/8 coarse mixer, and 8 sample input data FIFO.
Designers can drive the DAC output to either the OPA695 or the THS3091/5, enabling customers to evaluate a high-frequency signal to support wide bandwidth or a large signal swing. The amplifiers also simplify the signal chain requirement for level-shifting, gain and differential to single-ended conversion while taking into consideration the DAC compliance voltage and output current specification. As an additional option, designers can bypass the amplifiers and send the signal to a passive transformer output without gain.
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