18-Bit, Single Channel, Low Noise, Voltage Output Digital-To-Analog Converter - DAC9881


18-Bit, Single Channel, Low Noise, Voltage Output Digital-To-Analog Converter


The DAC9881 is an 18-bit, single-channel, voltage-output digital-to-analog converter (DAC). It features 18-bit monotonicity, excellent linearity, very low-noise, and fast settling time. The on-chip precision output amplifier allows rail-to-rail output swing to be achieved over the full supply range of 2.7V to 5.5V.

The device supports a standard SPI serial interface capable of operating with input data clock frequencies up to 50MHz. The DAC9881 requires an external reference voltage to set the output range of the DAC channel. A programmable power-on reset circuit is also incorporated into the device to ensure that the DAC output powers up at zero-scale or midscale, and remains there until a valid write command.

Additionally, the DAC9881 has the capability to function in either unipolar straight binary or twos complement mode. The DAC9881 provides low-power operation. To further save energy, power-down mode can be achieved by accessing the PDN pin, thereby reducing the current consumption to 25µA at 5V. Power consumption is 4mW at 5V, reducing to 125µW in power-down mode.

The DAC9881 is available in a 4mm × 4mm QFN-24 package with a specified temperature range of -40°C to +105°C.


  • 18-Bit Monotonic Over Temperature Range
  • Relative Accuracy: ±2LSB Max
  • Low-Noise: 24nV/Hz
  • Fast Settling: 5µs
  • On-Chip Output Buffer Amplifier with Rail-to-Rail Operation
  • Single Power Supply: +2.7V to +5.5V
  • DAC Loading Control
  • Selectable Power-On Reset to Zero-Scale or Midscale
  • Power-Down Mode
  • Unipolar Straight Binary or Twos Complement Input Mode
  • Fast SPI Interface with Schmitt-Triggered Inputs: up to 50MHz, 1.8V/3V/5V Logic
  • Small Package: QFN-24, 4mm × 4mm
    • Automatic Test Equipment
    • Precision Instrumentation
    • Industrial Control
    • Data Acquisition Systems

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Resolution (Bits)
DAC: Channels
Output Type
Output Range Min. (V or mA)
Output Range Max. (V or mA)
Settling Time (µs)
Reference: Type
Operating Temperature Range (C)
Special Features
DAC9881 DAC8830 DAC8831 DAC8832 DAC8881
18     16     16     16     16    
1     1     1     1     1    
R-2R     R-2R     R-2R     R-2R     R-2R    
Serial SPI     Serial SPI     Serial SPI     Serial SPI     Serial SPI    
Buffered Voltage     Unbuffered Voltage     Unbuffered Voltage     Unbuffered Voltage     Buffered Voltage    
0     0     -5.5     -5.5     0    
5.5     5.5     5.5     5.5     5.5    
5     1     1     1     5    
Ext     Ext     Ext     Ext     Ext    
Catalog     Catalog     Catalog     Catalog     Catalog    
24VQFN     8SOIC     14SOIC
14VQFN     24VQFN    
-40 to 105     -40 to 85     -40 to 85     -40 to 85     -40 to 105    
Reset to Mid-Scale
      Reset to Mid-Scale