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Resolution (Bits) 16 Number of DAC channels (#) 1 Interface type SPI Output type Buffered Voltage Settling time (µs) 10 Features Low Power Reference type Ext Architecture String Rating Catalog Output range (Max) (mA/V) 5.5 Output range (Min) (mA/V) 0 Operating temperature range (C) -40 to 105
Resolution (Bits) 16 Number of DAC channels (#) 1 Interface type SPI Output type Buffered Voltage Settling time (µs) 10 Features Low Power Reference type Ext Architecture String Rating Catalog Output range (Max) (mA/V) 5.5 Output range (Min) (mA/V) 0 Operating temperature range (C) -40 to 105
VSSOP (DGK) 8 15 mm² 3 x 4.9
  • Relative Accuracy: 8LSB
  • Glitch Energy: 0.1 nV-s
  • MicroPower Operation: 140 µA at 2.7 V
  • Power-On Reset to Zero
  • Power Supply: 2.7 V to 5.5 V
  • 16-Bit Monotonic
  • Settling Time: 10 µs to ±0.003% FSR
  • Low-Power Serial Interface with
    Schmitt-Triggered Inputs
  • On-Chip Output Buffer Amplifier with
    Rail-to-Rail Operation
  • Power-Down Capability
  • Binary Input
  • SYNC Interrupt Facility
  • Drop-In Compatible With DAC85x1
    and DAC8550 (2’s Complement Input)
  • Relative Accuracy: 8LSB
  • Glitch Energy: 0.1 nV-s
  • MicroPower Operation: 140 µA at 2.7 V
  • Power-On Reset to Zero
  • Power Supply: 2.7 V to 5.5 V
  • 16-Bit Monotonic
  • Settling Time: 10 µs to ±0.003% FSR
  • Low-Power Serial Interface with
    Schmitt-Triggered Inputs
  • On-Chip Output Buffer Amplifier with
    Rail-to-Rail Operation
  • Power-Down Capability
  • Binary Input
  • SYNC Interrupt Facility
  • Drop-In Compatible With DAC85x1
    and DAC8550 (2’s Complement Input)

The DAC8551 is a small, low-power, voltage output, 16-bit digital-to-analog converter (DAC). It is monotonic, provides good linearity, and minimizes undesired code-to-code transient voltages. The DAC8551 uses a versatile 3-wire serial interface that operates at clock rates to 30 MHz and is compatible with standard SPI™, QSPI™, Microwire™, and digital signal processor (DSP) interfaces.

The DAC8551 requires an external reference voltage to set its output range. The DAC8551 incorporates a power-on-reset circuit that ensures the DAC output powers up at 0 V and remains there until a valid write takes place to the device. The DAC8551 contains a power-down feature, accessed over the serial interface, that reduces the current consumption of the device to 200 nA at 5 V.

The low-power consumption of this device in normal operation makes it ideally suited for portable, battery-operated equipment. The power consumption is 0.38 mW at 2.7 V, reducing to less than 1 µW in power‑down mode.

For additional flexibilty, see the DAC8550 (SLAS476), a 2’s complement-input counterpart to the DAC8551.

The DAC8551 is a small, low-power, voltage output, 16-bit digital-to-analog converter (DAC). It is monotonic, provides good linearity, and minimizes undesired code-to-code transient voltages. The DAC8551 uses a versatile 3-wire serial interface that operates at clock rates to 30 MHz and is compatible with standard SPI™, QSPI™, Microwire™, and digital signal processor (DSP) interfaces.

The DAC8551 requires an external reference voltage to set its output range. The DAC8551 incorporates a power-on-reset circuit that ensures the DAC output powers up at 0 V and remains there until a valid write takes place to the device. The DAC8551 contains a power-down feature, accessed over the serial interface, that reduces the current consumption of the device to 200 nA at 5 V.

The low-power consumption of this device in normal operation makes it ideally suited for portable, battery-operated equipment. The power consumption is 0.38 mW at 2.7 V, reducing to less than 1 µW in power‑down mode.

For additional flexibilty, see the DAC8550 (SLAS476), a 2’s complement-input counterpart to the DAC8551.

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* Data sheet DAC8551 16-Bit, Ultralow-Glitch, Voltage-Output Digital‑to‑Analog Converter datasheet (Rev. E) PDF | HTML 23 Jun 2017
Circuit design High-current voltage output circuit using a precision DAC 25 Jan 2019
Technical article Industrial DACs: How to design 2-wire transmitters 23 Jan 2015
User guide DAC8550/51/52 EVM (Rev. A) 18 Sep 2006

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Evaluation board

DAC8551EVM — DAC8551 evaluation module

The DAC8551EVM features the DAC8551 digital to analog converter. The EVM provides a quick and easy way to evaluate the functionality and performance of this high resolution, single channel, serial input Digital to Analog Converter (DAC). The EVM provides the serial interface header for (...)

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Software programming tool

DXP — DXP DAC Exerciser Program

DAC Exerciser Program (DXP)is a software tool from Texas Instruments for evaluating DACs without the requirements of expensive pattern generators or writing complex software. When used with a Texas Instruments DAC EVM and a modular motherboard, it allows for simple and easy digital signal (...)
Simulation model

DAC8551 IBIS Model

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Simulation model

TINA-TI Ref Design for High-Current Voltage O/P Circuit Using a Precision DAC

SBAM417.ZIP (23 KB) - TINA-TI Reference Design
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PSPICE-FOR-TI — PSpice® for TI design and simulation tool

PSpice® for TI is a design and simulation environment that helps evaluate functionality of analog circuits. This full-featured, design and simulation suite uses an analog analysis engine from Cadence®. Available at no cost, PSpice for TI includes one of the largest model libraries in the (...)
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TINA-TI — SPICE-based analog simulation program

TINA-TI provides all the conventional DC, transient and frequency domain analysis of SPICE and much more. TINA has extensive post-processing capability that allows you to format results the way you want them. Virtual instruments allow you to select input waveforms and probe circuit nodes voltages (...)
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ANALOG-ENGINEER-CALC — Analog engineer's calculator

The Analog Engineer’s Calculator is designed to speed up many of the repetitive calculations that analog circuit design engineers use on a regular basis. This PC-based tool provides a graphical interface with a list of various common calculations ranging from setting op-amp gain with feedback (...)
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Reference designs

TIDA-01536 — Single-Channel, Isolated, 3-Wire Current Loop Transmitter Reference Design

This single-channel, input-isolated, three-wire current loop transmitter reference design provides a current range of 0 mA to 20 mA while operating on a 24-V supply. The design features a precision digital-to-analog converter (DAC) with an internal reference voltage, integrated three-wire current (...)
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Reference designs

TIPD190 — 2-wire, 4-20mA Transmitter, EMC/EMI Tested Reference Design

This CerTIfied Reference Design is a 16-bit loop-powered, or 2-wire, transmitter using the DAC8551 and XTR116. The design includes a protection circuit that provides immunity to the IEC61000-4 test suite. The design also includes a circuit to rectify a reverse polarity power supply. The protection (...)
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