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TI Precision Labs - ADCs

TI Precision Labs is the electronics industry’s first comprehensive online classroom for analog engineers. The on-demand 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 hands-on trainings and lab videos, covering analog circuit design considerations with online course work.

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 similar training series focused on Operational Amplifier topics, see TI Precision Labs - Op Amps.

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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 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 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
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
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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 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
2.3 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
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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
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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.
10:46
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
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...
07:59
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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...
17:25
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.  
18:42
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