Ultra-high-resolution 4-kSPS 1-channel delta-sigma ADC for seismic and energy exploration


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Resolution (Bits) 31 Number of input channels 1 Sample rate (Max) (kSPS) 4 Interface type SPI Architecture Delta-Sigma Input type Differential Multi-channel configuration Rating Catalog Reference mode Ext Input range (Max) (V) 2.5 Input range (Min) (V) 2.5 Features Operating temperature range (C) -40 to 85 Power consumption (Typ) (mW) 12 Analog voltage AVDD (Min) (V) -2.5, 0 SNR (dB) 130 Analog voltage AVDD (Max) (V) 2.5, 5 Digital supply (Min) (V) 1.65 Digital supply (Max) (V) 3.6 open-in-new Find other Precision ADCs (<=10MSPS)

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  • High Resolution:
    • 130dB SNR (250SPS)
    • 127dB SNR (500SPS)
  • High Accuracy:
    • THD: –122dB (typ), –115dB (max)
    • INL: 0.6ppm
  • Inherently Stable Modulator with Fast Responding Over-Range Detection
  • Flexible Digital Filter:
    • Sinc + FIR + IIR (Selectable)
    • Linear or Minimum Phase Response
    • Programmable High-Pass Filter
    • Selectable FIR Data Rates:
      • 250SPS to 4kSPS
  • Filter Bypass Option
  • Low Power Consumption:
    • Operating: 12mW
    • Shutdown: 10µW
  • Calibration Engine for Offset and
    Gain Correction
  • SYNC Input
  • Analog Supply:
    • Unipolar (+5V) or Bipolar (±2.5V)
  • Digital Supply: 1.8V to 3.3V
    • Energy Exploration
    • Seismic Monitoring
    • High-Accuracy Instrumentation

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The ADS1281 is an extremely high-performance, single-chip analog-to-digital converter (ADC) designed for the demanding needs of energy exploration and seismic monitoring environments. The single-chip design promotes board area savings for improvements in high-density applications.

The converter uses a fourth-order, inherently stable, delta-sigma () modulator that provides outstanding noise and linearity performance. The modulator is used either in conjunction with the on-chip digital filter, or can be bypassed for use with post-processing filters.

The digital filter consists of sinc and finite impulse response (FIR) low-pass stages followed by an infinite impulse response (IIR) high-pass filter (HPF) stage. Selectable decimation provides data rates from 250 to 4000 samples per second (SPS). The FIR low-pass stage provides both linear and minimum phase response. The HPF features an adjustable corner frequency. On-chip gain and offset scaling registers support system calibration.

The synchronization input (SYNC) can be used to synchronize the conversions of multiple ADS1281s. The SYNC input also accepts a clock input for continuous alignment of conversions from an external source.

Together, the modulator and filter dissipate only 12mW. The ADS1281 is available in a compact TSSOP-24 package and is fully specified from –40°C to +85°C, with a maximum operating range to +125°C.

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* Data sheet High-Resolution A/D Converter datasheet (Rev. D) Jun. 01, 2010
E-book Fundamentals of Precision ADC Noise Analysis Jun. 19, 2020
User guide ADS1281EVM, ADS1281EVM-PDK (Rev. D) May 14, 2016

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The ADS1281EVM-PDK is a complete evaluation/demonstration kit, which combines ADS1281EVM with the DSP-based MMB0 motherboard for use with a personal computer. The MMB0 motherboard allows the ADS1281EVM to connect to a computer via a USB port. The ADS1281EVM-PDK is controlled by the ADCPro&trade (...)

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ADC-INPUT-CALC ADC-INPUT-CALC is an online tool that provides support for designing the input buffer to an analog-to-digital converter (ADC). It offers 24 different op-amp based buffer circuits that can be used to drive an ADC input. The available topologies cover differential, single-ended and transformer-coupled (...)
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