Amplifier drives 18-bit ADCs but consumes only 5mW
22 May 2012
Fully differential amplifier can drive 16 and 18-bit SAR ADCs at only 1mA supply current.
Linear Technology’s LTC6362 is a low power fully differential amplifier that can drive high precision 16 and 18-bit SAR ADCs at only 1mA supply current. With 200µV max input offset voltage and 3.9nV/vHz input-referred noise, it is suited for precision industrial and data acquisition applications.
The LTC6362 has an output common-mode pin with a 0.5V to 4.5V range and 18-bit settling time of 550ns with an 8VP-P output step, making it ideal for driving ADCs such as the LTC2379-18 in multiplexed input and control loop applications.
This 18-bit SAR ADC features digital gain compression, which sets its full scale input range to 10% to 90% of the reference voltage. Together with the rail-to-rail output stage of the LTC6362, this feature eliminates the need for a negative supply rail, simplifying the circuit and minimising power consumption.
The flexible architecture of the LTC6362 can convert single-ended DC-coupled,
ground-referenced signals to differential, or DC level shift differential input signals. The low input bias current, low offset voltage and rail-to-rail inputs of the LTC6362 also enable its use in a high-impedance configuration to interface directly to sensors early in the signal chain.
The LTC6362 is available in MSOP-8 and 3mm x 3mm DFN packages, with fully guaranteed specifications over the 0°C to 70°C, -40°C to 85°C and -40°C to 125°C temperature ranges.
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