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TI Precision Labs - ADCs

TI Precision Labs is the electronics industry’s most comprehensive online classroom for analog engineers. The on-demand courses and tutorials include introductory ideas about device architecture in addition to advanced, application-specific problem-solving, using both theory and practical knowledge. Use these hands-on courses to predict circuit performance and move seamlessly from abstract concepts to specific formulae in an easy-to-follow format. Industry experts present each topic in order to help reduce design time and move quickly from proof-of-concept to productization.

The ADC (analog-to-digital 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 list of additional training topics, see the TI Precision Labs - Overview page.

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1. Introduction to Analog to Digital Converters

These videos describe the key specifications listed in an Analog-to-Digital Converter datasheet.

# Title Duration
1.1 TI Precision Labs - ADCs: 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
1.2 TI Precision Labs - ADCs: 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.
11:02
1.3 TI Precision Labs - ADCs: 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
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2. ADC Drive Topologies

These videos describe the different types front-end topologies that can be used to drive the input signal of an ADC.

# Title Duration
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 front-end op-amp drive circuit for linear operation.
17:19
2.2 Hands-on Experiment - Crossover Distortion
This hands-on experiment is part of the TI Precision Labs – ADCs curriculum. It shows how the front-end driver impacts SAR ADC performance.
11:37
2.3 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 front-end instrumentation amplifier drive circuit for linear o...
09:17
2.4 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
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3. Error and Noise

These videos describe how to calculate error and noise of analog-to-digital converters.

# Title Duration
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
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
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 TINA-SPICE Monte Carlo analysis can be used for statistical error anal...
07:09
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
3.5 Hands-on Experiment - ADC Noise
This hands-on experiment is part of the TI Precision Labs – ADCs curriculum. It shows how the front-end driver is impacted by resistor thermal noise. ...
16:35
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4. AC Specifications

These videos describe how to analyze analog-to-digital converter performance specifications that are measured using ac input signals, such as SNR, THD, SINAD, and SFDR.

# Title Duration
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
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.
10:55
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...
06:59
4.4 Aliasing and Anti-aliasing Filters
This video is part of the TI Precision Labs – ADCs curriculum. It introduces the concept of frequency domain aliasing and why anti-aliasing filters are...
08:12
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5. SAR ADC Input Driver Design

These videos describe how to design the input driver circuitry for a Successive Approximation Register Analog-to-Digital Converter (SAR ADC).

# Title Duration
5.1 Introduction to SAR ADC Front-End 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...
17:37
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
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
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
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
5.6 Math Behind the R-C 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
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6. Low-power SAR ADC System Design

These videos describe how to design a low-power 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 low-power system design.  
18:54
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7. High Speed Data Converter Fundamentals

These videos cover the fundamentals of high speed data converters, including an overview of the architectures of both ADCs and DACs and other details unique to high speed devices.
# Title Duration
7.1 Understanding and Comparisons of High-Speed Analog-to-Digital (ADC) and Digital-to-Analog (DAC) Converter Architectures
Overview of high-speed data converter architectures: pipeline, interleaved, Successive Approximation Register (SAR), DAC current source and current si...
18:40
7.2 The Impact of Jitter on Signal to Noise Ratio (SNR) for High-Speed Analog-to-Digital Converters (ADCs)
Considerations of Clock jitter, the impact on SNR, how to calculate it and minimize noise degradation for High-Speed Analog-to-Digital Converters.
08:00
7.3 Understanding Signal to Noise Ratio (SNR) and Noise Spectral Density (NSD) in High Speed Data Converters
Concepts of Signal to Noise Ratio and Noise Spectral Density; an example on how NSD is used to estimate the DAC output as it pertains to noise floor.
14:32
7.4 Bandwidth vs. Frequency - Subsampling Concepts
Learn more about subsampling concepts pertaining to bandwidth vs. frequency, including: Nyquist frequency, aliasing, under-sampling, and input bandwidth....
09:17
7.5 Sampling Rate vs Data Rate, Decimation (DDC) and Interpolation (DUC) Concepts in High Speed Data Converters
Explore the differences between sample rate and data rate and use decimation or interpolation to decrease or increase the data rate.
18:41
7.6 Frequency and Sample Rate Planning: Understanding Sampling, Nyquist zones, Harmonics and Spurious Performance in High-Speed ADCs
The concepts and benefits of frequency planning for high speed ADC systems are covered, including sampling rate vs. Nyquist, harmonics and spurs.
04:25
7.7 High Speed Digital-to-Analog Converter (DAC) Output Response in NRZ, RZ and RTC (Mixed Mode) Output Modes
The video discusses signal reconstruction, non-ideal & desired response and multi-Nyquist Operation.
13:36
7.8 High Speed Data Converter Signal Processing: Real and Complex Modulation
This video covers phase and amplitude modulation, introduces the concepts of real and complex modulation and provides an example modulation use case.
15:45
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