8-Bit 165-MSPS Digital-to-Analog Converter (DAC)


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Resolution (Bits) 8 DAC channels 1 Interface Parallel CMOS Sample/update rate (MSPS) 200 Features Low Power Rating Catalog Interpolation 1x Power consumption (Typ) (mW) 170 SFDR (dB) 70 Architecture Current Source Operating temperature range (C) -40 to 85 Reference: type Ext, Int open-in-new Find other High-speed DACs (>10MSPS)

Package | Pins | Size

SOIC (DW) 28 184 mm² 17.9 x 10.3 TSSOP (PW) 28 62 mm² 9.7 x 6.4 open-in-new Find other High-speed DACs (>10MSPS)


  • HIGH SFDR: 5.04MHz Output at 100MSPS: 67dBc
  • LOW GLITCH: 3pV-s
  • LOW POWER: 170mW at +5V
        Optional Ext. Reference
        Adjustable Full-Scale Range
        Multiplying Option
          Ultrasound (DBF)
          Direct Digital Synthesis (DDS)
          Arbitrary Waveform Generation (ARB)

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The DAC908 is a high-speed, Digital-to-Analog Converter (DAC) offering an 8-bit resolution option within the SpeedPlus family of high-performance converters. Featuring pin compatibility among family members, the DAC900, DAC902, and DAC904 provide a component selection option to an 10-, 12-, and 14-bit resolution, respectively. All models within this family of DACs support update rates in excess of 165MSPS with excellent dynamic performance, and are especially suited to fulfill the demands of a variety of applications.

The advanced segmentation architecture of the DAC908 is optimized to provide a high Spurious-Free Dynamic Range (SFDR) for single-tone, as well as for multi-tone signals—essential when used for the transmit signal path of communication systems.

The DAC908 has a high impedance (200k) current output with a nominal range of 20mA and an output compliance of up to 1.25V. The differential outputs allow for both a differential or single-ended analog signal interface. The close matching of the current outputs ensures superior dynamic performance in the differential configuration, which can be implemented with a transformer.

Utilizing a small geometry CMOS process, the monolithic DAC908 can be operated on a wide, single-supply range of +2.7V to +5.5V. Its low power consumption allows for use in portable and battery-operated systems. Further optimization can be realized by lowering the output current with the adjustable full-scale option.

For noncontinuous operation of the DAC908, a power-down mode results in only 45mW of standby power.

The DAC908 comes with an integrated 1.24V bandgap reference and edge-triggered input latches, offering a complete converter solution. Both +3V and +5V CMOS logic families can be interfaced to the DAC908.

The reference structure of the DAC908 allows for additional flexibility by utilizing the on-chip reference, or applying an external reference. The full-scale output current can be adjusted over a span of 2mA to 20mA, with one external resistor, while maintaining the specified dynamic performance.

The DAC908 is available in the SO-28 and TSSOP-28 packages.

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Technical documentation

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* Datasheet DAC908 SpeedPlus 8-Bit 165-MSPS Digital-to-Analog Converter datasheet (Rev. B) Jan. 23, 2003
User guides DAC90x Evaluation Module User's Guide Aug. 08, 2017
Technical articles Digital signal processing in RF sampling DACs – part 2 Apr. 04, 2017
Technical articles Digital signal processing in RF sampling DACs - part 1 Feb. 13, 2017
Technical articles Why phase noise matters in RF sampling converters Nov. 28, 2016
Technical articles RF sampling: frequency planning yields a clean spectrum Nov. 18, 2015
Application notes Wideband Complementary Current Output DAC Single-Ended Interface (Rev. A) May 08, 2015
Application notes High Speed, Digital-to-Analog Converters Basics (Rev. A) Oct. 23, 2012
User guides DEM-DAC90x: Evaluation Fixture for the DAC900, DAC902, DAC904, DAC908 Sep. 27, 2000

Design & development

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Hardware development

document-generic User guide
The DAC908 evaluation module (EVM) is designed to evaluate the 8-bit, high-speed,
CMOS-interface DAC908. The EVM provides simple and minimal external components to minimize system cost and power consumption.
  • Supports multiple output configurations
  • Directly compatible with TSW1400EVM
  • Buffered inputs to the digital-to-analog converter (DAC)
  • Selectable internal or external Vref

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