National Semiconductor’s Single-Wire 16-bit DAC for 4-to-20 mA Loops Simplifies Smart Transmitter Design
SANTA CLARA, Calif., Aug. 15, 2011 /PRNewswire/ — National Semiconductor Corp. (NYSE: NSM) today introduced a 16-bit digital-to-analog converter (DAC) featuring a single-wire interface and 4-to-20 mA current loop drive that simplifies the design of smart transmitters used in industrial two-wire sensor systems. The highly integrated DAC161P997 reduces component count and cost in factory and building automation control systems by enabling the use of a single isolation component to cross the isolation boundary. For sensing and detecting applications where galvanic isolation is not required, National’s DAC161P997 interfaces directly to a microcontroller.
The low-power DAC161P997 provides system designers an exceptional balance of accuracy, ease of use, performance and system cost. Its delta-sigma DAC offers 16-bit accuracy with a minimal temperature coefficient of 29 ppm and long-term output current drift of 90 ppm, while consuming less than 190 uA of supply current. The DAC161P997′s loop drive interfaces to a highway addressable remote transducer (HART) modulator, allowing injection of FSK-modulated digital data into the 4-to-20 mA current loop. The DAC operates over the -40 degrees C to 125 degrees C extended industrial temperature range.
Key Features and Benefits of the DAC161P997
- Single-wire interface: enables higher system accuracy compared to discrete PWM implementations, and lower system cost compared to 4-wire SPI solution
- Low power operation: 190 uA enables total system power consumption below 30 mW or 3.5 mA
- User programmable start up conditions and data rate auto detect: allows system configuration for trade-off between update-rate vs. power consumption
- Error detection and reporting: multiple error conditions detected automatically, providing higher system reliability
The DAC161P997 complements National’s innovative Sensor AFE Family in smart transmitter designs, including a wide variety of gas, temperature and pressure sensor applications.
Pricing and Availability
Offered in a 16-pin, 4 mm by 4 mm LLPÃ‚® package, the DAC161P997 is available now and priced at $4 in 1,000-unit quantities. For more information or to order samples and an evaluation board, visit http://www.national.com/pf/DA/DAC161P997.html.
About National Semiconductor
National Semiconductor is a leader in power management technology. Known for its easy-to-use analog integrated circuits and world-class supply chain, National’s high-performance analog products enable its customers’ systems to be more energy efficient. Headquartered in Santa Clara, Calif., National reported sales of $1.52 billion for fiscal 2011. Additional information is available at www.national.com.
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