1g Resolution over 15kg Range Sub-100nVpp Noise Front-End Reference Design


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TIDA-00765 is a less than 100nVpp analog front end for resistive strain gauge bridge load cell-based weight and vibration measurement. It is ideally suited for appliances, which require high-resolution due to large dynamic range or have considerable weight offset. In the face of significant levels of switching supply noise and rapid temperature changes, drift and interference are common issues in harsh environments. The design’s high integration, AC excitation, and robust filtering suppress drift and interference to ensure consistent performance in tough environments.

  • Captures outputs of both multiple and single resistive strain gauge-based load cell bridges simultaneously
  • Consistent <100nVpp low-noise performance
  • <5-μV total error from 0ᵒC to 85ᵒC
  • AC excitation robustly eliminates drift introduced by parasitic thermocouples and other causes
  • Highly robust to >500mVpp 100-kHz switching-supply noise
  • Captures vibrations up to 500 Hz with sample rate ≤2 kSps
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Reference design overview and verified performance test data

TIDRL52.PDF (690 K)

Detailed schematic diagram for design layout and components

TIDRL53.PDF (63 K)

Complete listing of design components, reference designators, and manufacturers/part numbers

TIDRL54.PDF (250 K)

Detailed overview of design layout for component placement

TIDRL56.ZIP (3319 K)

Files used for 3D models or 2D drawings of IC components

TIDCC12.ZIP (434 K)

Design file that contains information on physical board layer of design PCB

TIDRL55.PDF (1764 K)

PCB layer plot file used for generating PCB design layout


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Precision ADCs

ADS122024-bit, 2-kSPS, four-channel, low-power, delta-sigma ADC with PGA, VREF, SPI and two IDACs

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Analog switches & muxes

TS5A213660.75-Ω on-state resistance, 5-V, 1:1 (SPST), two-channel analog switch with 1.8-V input logic

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Digital temperature sensors

LMT010.5°C Accurate 2-pin Temperature Sensor with a Pulse Train Interface

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ESD protection diodes

TPD4E1U06Quad 0.8-pF, 5.5-V, ±15-kV ESD protection diode in SOT-23 & SC70 packages

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Linear & low-dropout (LDO) regulators

LP5907250-mA, low-noise, high-PSRR, ultra-low-dropout voltage regulator with low IQ and enable

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MSP430 microcontrollers

MSP430G255316 MHz MCU with 16KB Flash, 512B SRAM, comparator, UART/SPI/I2C, timer

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N-channel MOSFETs

CSD13381F412-V, N channel NexFET™ power MOSFET, single LGA 1 mm x 0.6mm, 180 mOhm, gate ESD protection

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P-channel MOSFETs

CSD23381F4-12-V, P channel NexFET™ power MOSFET, single LGA 0.6 mm x 1 mm, 175 mOhm, gate ESD protection

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* Design guide High-Resolution Low-Noise Front-End Weight Vibration Measurement Design Guide (Rev. A) Jun. 14, 2016
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