Hochschule Kempten      
Fakult├Ąt Elektrotechnik      
Interface Electronics       Fachgebiet Elektronik, Prof. Vollrath      

Interface Electronics

Laboratory 01

GroupD03, ****33, N


Installation of Webpage

Test for 4 Bit ADC and DAC

A 4 Bit ADC and DAC test was simulated in LTSPICE.
The 4bit ADC_DAC_Pipe.asc file was downloaded from reference page and ran with LTSpice
The output file size was limited by using the .save dialog option on just the V(In1) and V(Vout).
A voltage source was added and given a ramp from 0V to 1V with a rise time of 655µs
The output shows the step size of the digitalisation after a ramp input signal was initialized.
The picture shows a ramp input voltage and a DAC ramp output voltage over time
16steps can be seen.
With a measurement statement (for the 16steps),e.g .Measure TRAN V0004 FIND V(Vout) AT=180u ,the voltage levels were extracted

The measurement results are given below;

V0000: V(Vout)=0 at 2e-005
V0001: V(Vout)=0.0625 at 6e-005
V0002: V(Vout)=0.125 at 0.0001
V0003: V(Vout)=0.1875 at 0.00014
V0004: V(Vout)=0.25 at 0.00018
V0005: V(Vout)=0.3125 at 0.00022
V0006: V(Vout)=0.375 at 0.00026
V0007: V(Vout)=0.4375 at 0.0003
V0008: V(Vout)=0.5 at 0.00034
V0009: V(Vout)=0.5625 at 0.00038
V0010: V(Vout)=0.625 at 0.00042
V0011: V(Vout)=0.6875 at 0.00046
V0012: V(Vout)=0.75 at 0.0005
V0013: V(Vout)=0.8125 at 0.00054
V0014: V(Vout)=0.875 at 0.00058
V0015: V(Vout)=0.9375 at 0.00062

Interpretation of Results

Example; V0004: V(Vout)=0.25 at 0.00018 means
At time 180µs, the output of 0.25V is given for the code 0004

No error in the voltage level can be seen. It is an Ideal ADC and DAC

3Bits DAC

A 3Bits DAC consisting of inverters was investigated and results collated
Voltages were outputted by operating the inverter switches with digital pulses from 0V to 5V in a regular pattern as seen in the spice command
The simulation was done and the transfer characteristics was captured; see pictorial graph

Errors in voltage levels can be seen
Errors exist because the input resistances in the circuit are irregular

The output voltage(real) at specific codes and times were collated as shown in table below
The ideal voltage was computed so that the time width between steps is one LSB (apart from the first code 000)
The DNL and INL were computed based on the formulae stated below and the results tabulated.
Step size:    

\( LSB = \frac{V(007) - V(000)}{2^{3}-1} = 0.5 V \)

The step size between 2 successive codes is normalized with LSB and calculated as DNL:

\( DNL(n) = \frac{ V(n) - V(n-1) - LSB}{LSB} \)

The difference between real and ideal curve is normalized with LSB and calculated as INL:

\( INL(n) = \frac{ V_{real}(n) - V_{ideal}(n)}{LSB} \)

Tabulated results are shown below;

Code 000 001 002 003 004 005 006 007
Time [µs] 0.95 1.95 2.95 3.95 4.95 5.95 6.95 7.95
Vout[V]ideal 0.00 0.50 1.00 1.50 2.002.50 3.00 3.50
Vout[V]real 0.00 0.40 0.90 1.55 2.042.55 3.00 3.50
INL [LSB] 0.00-0.20-

Challenges and Resolutions

Considering the fact that this is my first web report, time was consumed in putting up the report because I was discovering new things.
Initaiily, the schematics of my circuit was not displaying; I had to run about:config on Firefox and set set privacy.file_unique_origin to false, then all was good


Since the INL is calculated using the first and last code:
INL(000) = 0; INL(007) = 0;

DNL does not exist for the first code 000


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