Replaces 8 Potentiometers
50 kHz 4-Quadrant Multiplying Bandwidth
Low Zero Output Error
Eight Individual Channels
3-Wire Serial Input
500 kHz Update Data Loading Rate
±3 V Output Swing
Midscale Preset, Zero Volts Out
Vertical Deflection Amplitude Adjustment
Waveform Generation and Modulation
8-Bit Octal, 4-Quadrant
Multiplying, CMOS TrimDAC
FUNCTIONAL BLOCK DIAGRAM
The AD8842 provides eight general purpose digitally controlled
voltage adjustment devices. The TrimDAC® capability allows
replacement of the mechanical trimmer function in new designs.
The AD8842 is ideal for ac or dc gain control of up to 50 kHz
bandwidth signals. The four-quadrant multiplying capability is
useful for signal inversion and modulation often found in video
vertical deflection circuitry.
Internally the AD8842 contains eight voltage output digital-to-
analog converters, each with separate voltage inputs. A new
current conveyor amplifier design performs the four-quadrant
multiplying function with a single amplifier at the output of the
current steering digital-to-analog converter. This approach of-
fers an improved constant input resistance performance versus
previous voltage switched DACs used in TrimDAC circuits,
eliminating the need for additional input buffer amplifiers.
Each DAC has its own DAC register that holds its output state.
These DAC registers are updated from an internal serial-to-
parallel shift register that is loaded from a standard 3-wire serial
input digital interface. Twelve data bits make up the data word
clocked into the serial input register. This data word is decoded
where the first 4 bits determine the address of the DAC register
to be loaded with the last 8 bits of data. A serial data output pin
at the opposite end of the serial register allows simple daisy
chaining in multiple DAC applications without additional exter-
nal decoding logic.
TrimDAC is a registered trademark of Analog Devices, Inc.
The current conveyor amplifier is a patented circuit belonging to Analog
The AD8842 consumes only 95 mW from ± 5 V power supplies.
For single 5 V supply applications consult the DAC-8841. The
AD8842 is pin compatible with the 1 MHz multiplying band-
width DAC8840. The AD8842 is available in 24-pin plastic
DIP and surface mount SOL-24 packages.
VOUT = VIN • (D/128 – 1)
Figure 1. Functional Circuit of One 4-Quadrant
(1- D) VIN
= VIN (D/128–1)
Figure 2. Actual Current Conveyor Implementation of
Multiplying DAC Channel
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