Octal, 144kHz, Simultaneous Sampling 24-Bit Delta Sigma ADC - ADS1278


Octal, 144kHz, Simultaneous Sampling 24-Bit Delta Sigma ADC



Based on the single-channel ADS1271, the ADS1274 (quad) and ADS1278 (octal) are 24-bit, delta-sigma (ΔΣ) analog-to-digital converters (ADCs) with data rates up to 144k samples per second (SPS), allowing simultaneous sampling of four or eight channels. The devices are offered in identical packages, permitting drop-in expandability.

Traditionally, industrial delta-sigma ADCs offering good drift performance use digital filters with large passband droop. As a result, they have limited signal bandwidth and are mostly suited for dc measurements. High-resolution ADCs in audio applications offer larger usable bandwidths, but the offset and drift specifications are significantly weaker than respective industrial counterparts. The ADS1274 and ADS1278 combine these types of converters, allowing high-precision industrial measurement with excellent dc and ac specifications.

The high-order, chopper-stabilized modulator achieves very low drift with low in-band noise. The onboard decimation filter suppresses modulator and signal out-of-band noise. These ADCs provide a usable signal bandwidth up to 90% of the Nyquist rate with less than 0.005dB of ripple.

Four operating modes allow for optimization of speed, resolution, and power. All operations are controlled directly by pins; there are no registers to program. The devices are fully specified over the extended industrial range (–40°C to +105°C) and are available in an HTQFP-64 PowerPAD™ package.


  • Simultaneously Measure Four/Eight Channels
  • Up to 144kSPS Data Rate
  • AC Performance:
    70kHz Bandwidth
    111dB SNR (High-Resolution Mode)
    –108dB THD
  • DC Accuracy:
    0.8µV/°C Offset Drift
    1.3ppm/°C Gain Drift
  • Selectable Operating Modes:
    High-Speed: 144kSPS, 106dB SNR
    High-Resolution: 52kSPS, 111dB SNR
    Low-Power: 52kSPS, 31mW/ch
    Low-Speed: 10kSPS, 7mW/ch
  • Linear Phase Digital Filter
  • SPI™ or Frame-Sync Serial Interface
  • Low Sampling Aperture Error
  • Modulator Output Option (digital filter bypass)
  • Analog Supply: 5V
  • Digital Core: 1.8V
  • I/O Supply: 1.8V to 3.3V
    • Vibration/Modal Analysis
    • Multi-Channel Data Acquisition
    • Acoustics/Dynamic Strain Gauges
    • Pressure Sensors

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    Parametrics Compare all products in Precision ADC (<=10MSPS)

    Resolution (Bits)
    Sample Rate (max) (SPS)
    # Input Channels
    Input Type
    Power Consumption (Typ) (mW)
    Input Range (Min) (V)
    Input Range (Max) (V)
    Integrated Features
    Analog Voltage AVDD (Min) (V)
    Analog Voltage AVDD (Max) (V)
    Operating Temperature Range (C)
    Approx. Price (US$)
    THD (Typ) (dB)
    SNR (dB)
    Reference Mode
    ADS1278 ADS1174 ADS1178 ADS1271 ADS1274 ADS127L01
    24    16    16    24    24    24   
    144kSPS    52kSPS    52kSPS    105kSPS    144kSPS    512kSPS   
    8    4    8    1    4    1   
    Differential      Differential
    Differential    Differential    Differential   
    530    135    245    92    275    7   
    0      0    0    0    0   
    5.25      5.25    5.25    5.25    3   
    Serial SPI    Serial SPI    Serial SPI    Serial SPI    Serial SPI    Serial SPI   
    Daisy-Chainable    Simultaneous Sampling    Daisy-Chainable    Daisy-Chainable    Daisy-Chainable    Daisy-Chainable   
    4.75    4.75    4.75    4.75    4.75    2.7   
    5.25    5.25    5.25    5.25    5.25    3.6   
    Delta-Sigma    Delta-Sigma    Delta-Sigma    Delta-Sigma    Delta-Sigma    Delta-Sigma   
    -40 to 105    -40 to 85    -40 to 85    -40 to 105    -40 to 125    -40 to 125   
    64HTQFP    64HTQFP    64HTQFP    16TSSOP    64HTQFP    32TQFP   
    25.15 | 1ku    6.30 | 1ku    8.80 | 1ku    6.31 | 1ku    14.65 | 1ku    6.95 | 1ku   
    -108      -105    -105    -108    -126   
    111    97    97    109    111    115.5   
    Ext    Ext    Ext    Ext    Ext    Ext   

    Other qualified versions of ADS1278

    Version Part Number Definition
    High-Temperature ADS1278-HT High-Temperature product for harsh environments
    Enhanced Product ADS1278-EP Supports Defense, Aerospace and Medical Applications