1 Reply Latest reply on Jun 26, 2014 5:22 AM by dakn_263916

    DAC Error Calculations






      I'm not sure if this is the right place to ask about this,




      I'm currently trying to use a DAC + OpAmp (acting as a voltage buffer) to source a hopefully stable enough bias voltage (Vbias) used in a thermistor application (sort of like AN66477).




      I'm currently trying to evaluate the impact of the component errors on Vbias, and I did go thru the datasheet for the DAC and found out all the characteristics.




      One problem is that I'm not quite sure how it should be written down in an equation.




      Any ideas?

        • 1. Re: DAC Error Calculations

          The errors you would be concerned about -




          1) DAC linearity, gain error, tempco, PSRR, offset, Zout loading effects


          2) Opamp offset, PSRR, gain error, offset tempco




          Normally you take each parameter and convert it to LSBs,or ppm, then add them all up.


          In case of noise added as RMS. Since DAC is only 8 bits, probably drop PSRR


          as a consideration.




          Some parameters not available, so that complicates a compete error analysis.


          The you have complicating this an AC analysis if that is of concern.




          Attached some useful references (more than you want to read).




          Regards, Dana.