SLAS429E April   2005  – June 2017 DAC8551


  1. Features
  2. Applications
  3. Description
  4. Revision History
  5. Pin Configuration and Functions
  6. Specifications
    1. 6.1 Absolute Maximum Ratings
    2. 6.2 ESD Ratings
    3. 6.3 Recommended Operating Conditions
    4. 6.4 Thermal Information
    5. 6.5 Electrical Characteristics
    6. 6.6 Timing Characteristics
    7. 6.7 Typical Characteristics
      1. 6.7.1 VDD = 5 V
      2. 6.7.2 VDD = 2.7 V
  7. Detailed Description
    1. 7.1 Overview
    2. 7.2 Functional Block Diagram
    3. 7.3 Feature Description
      1. 7.3.1 DAC Section
        1. Resistor String
        2. Output Amplifier
      2. 7.3.2 Power-On Reset
    4. 7.4 Device Functional Modes
      1. 7.4.1 Power-Down Modes
    5. 7.5 Programming
      1. 7.5.1 Serial Interface
      2. 7.5.2 Input Shift Register
      3. 7.5.3 SYNC Interrupt
  8. Application and Implementation
    1. 8.1 Application Information
      1. 8.1.1 Bipolar Operation Using the DAC8551
    2. 8.2 Typical Application
      1. 8.2.1 Loop-Powered, 2-Wire, 4-mA to 20-mA Transmitter With XTR116
        1. Design Requirements
        2. Detailed Design Procedure
        3. Application Curves
      2. 8.2.2 Using the REF02 as a Power Supply for the DAC8551
        1. Design Requirements
        2. Detailed Design Procedure
    3. 8.3 System Examples
      1. 8.3.1 Microprocessor Interfacing
        1. DAC8551 to 8051 Interface
        2. DAC8551 to Microwire Interface
        3. DAC8551 to 68HC11 Interface
  9. Power Supply Recommendations
  10. 10Layout
    1. 10.1 Layout Guidelines
    2. 10.2 Layout Example
  11. 11Device and Documentation Support
    1. 11.1 Documentation Support
      1. 11.1.1 Related Documentation
    2. 11.2 Receiving Notification of Documentation Updates
    3. 11.3 Community Resources
    4. 11.4 Trademarks
    5. 11.5 Electrostatic Discharge Caution
    6. 11.6 Glossary
  12. 12Mechanical, Packaging, and Orderable Information

Package Options

Mechanical Data (Package|Pins)
Thermal pad, mechanical data (Package|Pins)
Orderable Information

Device and Documentation Support

Documentation Support

Related Documentation

For related documentation see the following:

  • 2-wire, 4-mA to 20-mA Transmitter, EMC/EMI Tested Reference Design, TIDUAO7
  • +5V Precision Voltage Reference, SBVS003
  • CMOS, Rail-to-Rail, I/O Operational Amplifiers, SBOS180

Receiving Notification of Documentation Updates

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Electrostatic Discharge Caution


These devices have limited built-in ESD protection. The leads should be shorted together or the device placed in conductive foam during storage or handling to prevent electrostatic damage to the MOS gates.


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