Concurrent Analog-To-Digital and Digital-To-Analog Converter Using Serial Approximation Register
Original Publication Date: 1986-Aug-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-09
A technique is described whereby serial approximation register (SAR) - analog-to-digital (A/D) technology is used to incorporate concurrent digital-to-analog (D/A) and analog-to-digital conversion into one integrated circuit with less than a ten percent increase in circuits beyond an SAR A/D converter. A conventional SAR A/D conversion circuit is shown in Fig. 1. At the start of conversion, SAR 10 is cleared and the D/A 11 converts the output 12, on the digital bus 17, to analog form 20 to be compared to the analog input signal voltage 13. When the D/A output equals the analog input, comparator 14 switches, signalling that the digital output 12 of the SAR is correct. The SAR sequencing is then disabled and the output latch 15 acquires and holds the correct output data. SAR 10 output is then tri-stated.