Chandler, Ariz.—Microchip Technology says its 18-bit, delta-sigma analog-to-digital converter, for portable measurement in industrial, medical, consumer, and automotive applications, is the highest-resolution ADC available in a SOT-23 package.
The chip includes a voltage reference and programmable gain amplifier (x1, x2, x4, or x8). The ADC uses an I2 C compatible serial interface. The device features very low power consumption— just 155 microamps at 5 volts. As such it's suited for in-the-field products including pressure sensors, weigh scales, handheld meters, multimeters, heart rate monitors, blood glucose meters, weigh scales, and fuel gauges.
Click here to access the product datasheet. Samples of the MCP3421 ADC are available now (click here). The device, in a 6-pin, SOT-23 package, is priced at $1.71 each in 10,000-unit quantities. Volume production orders can be placed at www.microchipdirect.com. Microchip also offers the MCP3421 Evaluation Board (Part # MCP3421EV) to speed designs; it's available for $15.
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