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Precision DACs (<=10MSPS) – Learning center

The Precision DAC Learning Center is a collection of technical content that will help guide you through the precision DAC design process. Whether you are learning the basics of digital-to-analog conversion or trying to understand how to implement a precision DAC in your system, this learning center provides a range of videos, articles, and blogs to help you along the way. To ask questions and receive additional precision DAC support, visit our E2E community forum

1. Fundamentals

Become familiar with TI's DAC portfolio and what it offers your designs. 

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# Title Duration
1.1 Introduction to precision DACs
This video gives a short introduction to the TI precision DAC portfolio, along with an overview of what a precision DAC is and a few applications.
03:57
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2. Specifications

How do DAC specifications change and enhance your design? Find out here. 

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# Title Duration
2.1 Precision DACs: DC Specifications
An overview of DC Specifications of Precision DACs from Texas Instruments. This covers the ideal DAC, gain and offset errors, DNL and INL, and TUE.
07:18
2.2 Precision DACs: AC Specifications
This training provides an overview of DC specifications for Precision DACs. The video covers the ideal DAC, gain and offset errors, DNL and INL, and T...
10:56
2.3 Lessons for Precision DACs: Settling time vs. update rate
Learn how to calculate update rate and what the difference is between settling time and update rate. In this video we discuss what the differen
04:42
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3. Architectures

Take a look at common precision DAC architectures, and find the perfect fit for your design. 

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3.1 Precision DAC architecture overview
This video provides an overview of the three common precision DAC architectures:  String, R-2R, and MDAC.
10:56
3.2 What is a String DAC?
Learn about the string precision DAC architecture, starting with an overview, followed by a circuit analysis of the DAC internals
06:45
3.3 What is an R-2R DAC?
This video explains the R-2R precision DAC architecture, starting with an overview, followed by a circuit analysis of the DAC internals.
08:57
3.4 Engineer It - What is a multiplying DAC (MDAC)?
Learn what a multiplying DAC (MDAC) is and how it works. Toward the end of the video, you’ll get three tips to keep in mind when designing with an MDA...
07:36
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4. Identifying the right DAC

With so many options available, how do you chose the right DAC? Let us help! 
# Title Duration
4.1 Engineer It- How to select a precision DAC
Learn how to select a precision digital-to-analog converter (DAC). This video explains which specifications are the most important, including offset error,...
08:11
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5. Troubleshooting a DAC

Running into trouble?! Don't worry, the right solution is just a click away. 

# Title Duration
5.1 Lessons for Precision DACs: Three common sources for errors
Learn about the three most common errors when designing with precision DACs. This video covers the which three things to check, and gives some real life...
03:20
5.2 Lessons for Precision DACs: True endpoints
Learn how to achieve true endpoints in your precision DAC system. In this video, we will look at the sources of non-linearity and suggest solutions t
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5.3 Lessons for Precision DACs: Calibration
Learn about the benefits of and method for calibrating gain and offset errors out of a precision DAC.
03:28
5.4 Lessons for Precision DACs: Power-on glitch
Learn how to reduce the effects of power-on glitch
02:53
5.5 Lessons for Precision DACs: Code-to-code glitch
This video covers methods for mitigating code-to-code glitch in precision DACs. Watch to learn where code-to-code glitch in precision DACs originates
02:37
5.6 Lessons for Precision DACs: Digital feedthrough
This video explains the source of digital feedthrough in precision DACs and methods to reduce its effects.
01:56
5.7 Lessons for Precision DACs: Power sequencing
Learn about the importance of sequencing power rail bring-up. This video discusses some potential issues that improper sequencing can cause, and reite...
01:44
5.8 Lessons for Precision DACs: MDAC overshoot
Learn why MDAC overshoot happens, and how to prevent it. This video explains why MDAC overshoot occurs and what can be done to mitigate it.
01:56
5.9 How to interface to a precision DAC: SPI
In this video, we cover the basics of interfacing with a SPI-based DAC.
07:37
5.10 How to interface to a precision DAC: I2C
This video provides an overview of communicating with I2C interface precision DACs.
10:09
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6. Factory automation and control

Go-to information for DACs in factory automation and control applications. 

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# Title Duration
6.1 Understanding 2-wire analog outputs with precision DACs
This video explores 2-wire analog output construction using precision DACs.
05:24
6.2 Understanding 3-wire analog outputs with precision DACs
This video explores 3-wire analog output construction using precision DACs.
08:16
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7. Modeling

Learn more about DAC SPICE models and use cases. 

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# Title Duration
7.1 Precision DACs: AC Specifications
This training provides an overview of DC specifications for Precision DACs. The video covers the ideal DAC, gain and offset errors, DNL and INL, and T...
10:56
7.2 Precision DACs: DC Specifications
An overview of DC Specifications of Precision DACs from Texas Instruments. This covers the ideal DAC, gain and offset errors, DNL and INL, and TUE.
07:18
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8. Power control

Dig in to voltage monitoring and control with your DAC. 

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# Title Duration
8.1 Voltage Regulator Margining with Precision DACs
This video serves as an introduction to using precision DACs in voltage regulator margining applications.
07:24
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9. Automotive

Fuel up on knowledge about DACs and automotive designs. 
# Title Duration
9.1 Automotive RADAR with Precision DACs
A brief look at how Precision DACs enable automotive RADAR applications.
03:11
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