A Monotonic Precise Current DAC for Sensor Applications
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In this paper a 17 bit monotonic precise current DAC for sensor applications is described. It is working in a harsh automotive environment in a wide temperature range with high output voltage swing and low current consumption. To guarantee monotonicity current division and segmentation techniques are used. To improve the output impedance, the accuracy and the voltage compliance of the DAC, two active cascoding loops and one follower loop are used. The resolution of the DAC is further increased by applying pulse width modulation to one fine LSB current. To achieve low power consumption unused coarse current sources are switched off. Several second order technological effects influencing final performance and circuits dealing with them are discussed.
KeywordsDigital to analog converter, current output, segmentation, pulse width modulation, cascoding
Document typePeer reviewed
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SourceRadioengineering. 2008, vol. 17, č. 4, s. 41-47. ISSN 1210-2512
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