TI Precision Labs  ADCs
TI Precision Labs is the electronics industry’s first comprehensive online classroom for analog engineers. The ondemand curriculum pairs theory and applied lab exercises to deepen the technical expertise of experienced engineers and accelerate the development of those early in their career. This free modular curriculum includes more than 40 handson trainings and lab videos, covering analog circuit design considerations with online course work.
The ADC (analogtodigital converter or A/D) curriculum is segmented into major topic learning categories, each of which contains short training videos, multiple choice quizzes, and short answer exercises.
For a similar training series focused on Operational Amplifier topics, see TI Precision Labs  Op Amps.
Table of contents
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1. Introduction to Analog to Digital Converters
These videos describe the key specifications listed in an AnalogtoDigital Converter datasheet.
#  Title  Duration  

1.1 
DC Specifications: Input Capacitance, Leakage Current, Input Impedance, Reference Voltage Range, INL, and DNL
This video is part of the TI Precision Labs – ADCs curriculum. It addresses several key DC specifications.

14:09  This video is part of the TI Precision Labs – ADCs curriculum. It addresses several key DC specifications.  
1.2 
AC & DC Specifications: Offset Error, Gain Error, CMRR, PSRR, SNR, and THD
This video is part of the TI Precision Labs – ADCs curriculum. It describes offset error, gain error, CMRR, PSRR, SNR, and THD.

10:49  This video is part of the TI Precision Labs – ADCs curriculum. It describes offset error, gain error, CMRR, PSRR, SNR, and THD.  
1.3 
SAR ADC Input Types
This video is part of the TI Precision Labs – ADCs curriculum. It highlights the different input types for ADCs.

11:46  This video is part of the TI Precision Labs – ADCs curriculum. It highlights the different input types for ADCs. 
2. ADC Drive Topologies
These videos describe the different types frontend topologies that can be used to drive the input signal of an ADC.
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2.1 
Determining a SAR ADC’s Linear Range when using Operational Amplifiers
This video is part of the TI Precision Labs – ADCs curriculum. It shows how to design the frontend opamp drive circuit for linear operation.

17:19  This video is part of the TI Precision Labs – ADCs curriculum. It shows how to design the frontend opamp drive circuit for linear operation.  
2.2 
Determining a SAR ADC’s Linear Range when using Instrumentation Amplifiers
This video is part of the TI Precision Labs – ADCs curriculum. It shows how to design a frontend instrumentation amplifier drive circuit for linear o...

09:17  This video is part of the TI Precision Labs – ADCs curriculum. It shows how to design a frontend instrumentation amplifier drive circuit for linear o...  
2.3 
Driving a SAR ADC with a Fully Differential Amplifier
This video is part of the TI Precision Labs – ADCs curriculum. It explains how to design ADC drive circuits using fully differential amplifiers, or F...

13:38  This video is part of the TI Precision Labs – ADCs curriculum. It explains how to design ADC drive circuits using fully differential amplifiers, or F... 
3. Error and Noise
These videos describe how to calculate error and noise of analogtodigital converters.
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3.1 
Statistics Behind Error Analysis
This video is part of the TI Precision Labs – ADCs curriculum. It covers the statistical implication of the typical and maximum data sheet specification...

07:02  This video is part of the TI Precision Labs – ADCs curriculum. It covers the statistical implication of the typical and maximum data sheet specification...  
3.2 
Understanding and Calibrating the Offset and Gain for ADC Systems
This video is part of the TI Precision Labs – ADCs curriculum. It discusses how gain and offset errors can be calculated and eliminated through calibr...

13:22  This video is part of the TI Precision Labs – ADCs curriculum. It discusses how gain and offset errors can be calculated and eliminated through calibr...  
3.3 
Using SPICE Monte Carlo Tool for Statistical Error Analysis
This video is part of the TI Precision Labs – ADCs curriculum. It shows how the TINASPICE Monte Carlo analysis can be used for statistical error anal...

07:09  This video is part of the TI Precision Labs – ADCs curriculum. It shows how the TINASPICE Monte Carlo analysis can be used for statistical error anal...  
3.4 
Calculating the Total Noise for ADC Systems
This video is part of the TI Precision Labs – ADCs curriculum. It walks through how to predict the overall system noise for an ADC, amplifier, and ref...

10:11  This video is part of the TI Precision Labs – ADCs curriculum. It walks through how to predict the overall system noise for an ADC, amplifier, and ref... 
4. AC Specifications
These videos describe how to analyze analogtodigital converter performance specifications that are measured using ac input signals, such as SNR, THD, SINAD, and SFDR.
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4.1 
Introduction to Frequency Domain
This video is part of the TI Precision Labs – ADCs curriculum. It introduces the concept of the frequency domain.

11:18  This video is part of the TI Precision Labs – ADCs curriculum. It introduces the concept of the frequency domain.  
4.2 
Fast Fourier Transforms (FFTs) and Windowing
This video is part of the TI Precision Labs – ADCs curriculum. It introduces the FFT as well as the concept of windowing to minimize error sources.

10:46  This video is part of the TI Precision Labs – ADCs curriculum. It introduces the FFT as well as the concept of windowing to minimize error sources.  
4.3 
Coherent Sampling and Filtering to Improve SNR and THD
This video is part of the TI Precision Labs – ADCs curriculum. It introduces the concept of coherent sampling and filtering for accurate characterizat...

06:53  This video is part of the TI Precision Labs – ADCs curriculum. It introduces the concept of coherent sampling and filtering for accurate characterizat...  
4.4 
Aliasing and Antialiasing Filters
This video is part of the TI Precision Labs – ADCs curriculum. It introduces the concept of frequency domain aliasing and why antialiasing filters are...

07:59  This video is part of the TI Precision Labs – ADCs curriculum. It introduces the concept of frequency domain aliasing and why antialiasing filters are... 
5. SAR ADC Input Driver Design
These videos describe how to design the input driver circuitry for a Successive Approximation Register AnalogtoDigital Converter (SAR ADC).
#  Title  Duration  

5.1 
Introduction to SAR ADC FrontEnd Component Selection
This video is part of the TI Precision Labs – ADCs curriculum. It describes how to select the best external components to achieve optimal ADC performa...

17:25  This video is part of the TI Precision Labs – ADCs curriculum. It describes how to select the best external components to achieve optimal ADC performa...  
5.2 
Selecting and Verifying the Driver Amplifier
This video is part of the TI Precision Labs – ADCs curriculum. It walks through the process of selecting the driver amplifier and verifying its SPICE...

09:02  This video is part of the TI Precision Labs – ADCs curriculum. It walks through the process of selecting the driver amplifier and verifying its SPICE...  
5.3 
Building the SAR ADC Model
This video is part of the TI Precision Labs – ADCs curriculum. It walks through the process of creating a TINA Spice Model for a SAR ADC.

12:17  This video is part of the TI Precision Labs – ADCs curriculum. It walks through the process of creating a TINA Spice Model for a SAR ADC.  
5.4 
Refine the Rfilt and Cfilt Values
This video is part of the TI Precision Labs – ADCs curriculum. It walks through the process for optimizing the selection of the external R and C value...

13:43  This video is part of the TI Precision Labs – ADCs curriculum. It walks through the process for optimizing the selection of the external R and C value...  
5.5 
Final SAR ADC Drive Simulations
This video is part of the TI Precision Labs – ADCs curriculum. It shows the simulation results using the external R and C components from the previous...

06:36  This video is part of the TI Precision Labs – ADCs curriculum. It shows the simulation results using the external R and C components from the previous...  
5.6 
Math Behind the RC Component Selection
This video is part of the TI Precision Labs – ADCs curriculum. It walks through the mathematical algorithm used in the ADC SAR Drive Calculator.

06:10  This video is part of the TI Precision Labs – ADCs curriculum. It walks through the mathematical algorithm used in the ADC SAR Drive Calculator. 
6. Lowpower SAR ADC System Design
These videos describe how to design a lowpower data acquisition system using a SAR ADC.
#  Title  Duration  

6.1 
SAR ADC Power Scaling
This video is part of the TI Precision Labs – ADCs curriculum. It highlights the considerations for lowpower system design.

18:42  This video is part of the TI Precision Labs – ADCs curriculum. It highlights the considerations for lowpower system design. 