2.3 nV/√Hz, Differential, Time Gain Control (TGC) DAC Reference Design for Ultrasound
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The TIDA-01427 reference design provides a solution for differential signal chain used for generating a time-varying control voltage (VCNTL) to drive multiple AFE devices in a parallel configuration. TI's low-noise analog front ends (AFEs) for medical ultrasound have a time gain control (TGC) feature that helps achieve best possible signal-to-noise ratio (SNR) for ultrasound applications. This reference design uses dual multiplying DACs (DAC8802) followed by current-to-voltage converters (OPA2209) to generate a 20-V swing. After filtering this 20-V swing with a multiple feedback filter (THS4130), it is attenuated to 1.5-V using a passive attenuator. The design can be powered using a ±15 or 5-V supply (onboard Fly-Buck converter LM5160 converts a 5-V input to ±15-V rails). The clean power suppplies for the entire signal chain are generated using the TPS7A39 and TPS7A47. The ±10-V references for the DAC are generated using the REF5010 and OPA2209.

  • Low-noise (2.3nV/√Hz), differential TGC signal enables AFE58xx series devices to amplify lower amplitude signals resulting in higher depth of penetration in ultrasound imaging
  • Enables AFEs to resolve the data with lower noise resulting in high resolution ultrasound images
  • Full signal chain propagation delay of < 5µs improves overall system response time
  • Second-order Butterworth active low-pass filter with fc = 150 kHz helps smooth transition of control signal
  • Capable of driving up to 64+ channels of AFEs
  • Configurable output common-mode voltage from 0 to 2.5V to support AFEs with different control voltage requirements

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Part Number Name Product Family Sample & Buy Design Kits & Evaluation Modules
DAC8802  14-Bit, Dual Channel, Serial Interface, Multiplying Digital-to-Analog Converter  Digital-to-analog converters (DACs)  Sample & Buy Not Available
LM5160  LM5160 wide input 65V, 2A synchronous buck/Fly-Buck™ converter  Offline & isolated DC/DC controllers & converters  Sample & Buy View Design Kits & Evaluation Modules
OPA2209  2.2nV/rtHz, 18MHz, Precision, RRO, 36V Operational Amplifier  Operational amplifiers (op amps)  Sample & Buy View Design Kits & Evaluation Modules
OPA2210  36-V, low noise (2.2-nV/√Hz), high-precision (5µV Vos, 0.1µV/°C Drift), super beta(0.3nA IB) op amp  Operational amplifiers (op amps)  Sample & Buy View Design Kits & Evaluation Modules
REF5010  Low Noise, Very Low Drift, Precision Series Voltage Reference  Voltage references  Sample & Buy Not Available
THS4130  150MHz, Fully Differential Input/Output Low Noise Amplifier With Shutdown  Special function amplifiers  Sample & Buy View Design Kits & Evaluation Modules
TPS7A39  Dual, 150mA, Wide-Vin, Positive and Negative Low-Dropout (LDO) Voltage Regulator  Power management  Sample & Buy View Design Kits & Evaluation Modules
TPS7A47  36-V, 1-A, 4.17-μVRMS, RF low-dropout (LDO) voltage regulator  Power management  Sample & Buy View Design Kits & Evaluation Modules

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Application notes (2)
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PDF 488 26 Apr 2017
PDF 319 02 Dec 2016
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Design files (6)
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ZIP 1373 08 Aug 2017
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TIDA-01427 TINA Simulation TINA-TI Reference Design ZIP 24 KB 10 Aug 2017

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