General Purpose DACs

Digital-to-analog converter (DAC) are devices that convert digital signals into an analog output signal for other devices to recognise.

DACs are used most in the audio industry. The digital audio signal (binary code) gets converted into analog signal ready for the next device or headphone amplifier to pick up. Other uses for DACs include use in TVs (televisions) and smartphones, they typically convert digital video into analog. You can also use DACs in calibration equipment, motor controllers. Potentiometers and data distribution.

Types of Digital to Analog Converter

R-2R Ladder DAC - This DAC is a binary converter that uses a repeating cascaded resistor values R and 2R. Using R-2R improves accuracy.

Switched Capacitor - A switched capacitor includes a parallel capacitor network.

Switched Resistor - Contains a parallel resistor system. Resistors are enabled or bypassed depending on the digital signal.

Switched Current Source - Different current sources are chosen based on the digital signal being input.

DACS in audio-

To be able to listen to MP3 files or CDs you must have a conversion from the digital signal (MP3 files, CDs) into an analog signal for the music to be played through headphones or speakers. Once the signal has been converted it can then be passed onto an amplifier.

When playing games online or using VOIP (voice over IP) you will also need a conversion from digital to analog. You can find a range of our Audio DACs

Things to consider -

  • DACs come with all types of performance specifications, a few to consider are listed below
  • Maximum sample rate - The measurement of which the DAC circuit can operate and still provide a high accuracy reading.
  • Resolution - This would be the number of output levels that the DAC can convert. The measurement is usually bits
  • Dynamic range - The measurement of the highest and lowest decibels the DAC can re-create. the dynamic range is closely related to the resolution.

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RS Stock No. 158-2582
Mfr. Part No.AD7849CNZ
HK$283.49
Each (In a Tube of 18)
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16 bit 1 Serial (SPI) Through Hole PDIP Dual 143ksps - External R-2R, Resistor String 20 10µs Bipolar, Unipolar ±16LSB
RS Stock No. 709-4945
Mfr. Part No.AD7849CNZ
HK$284.79
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16 bit 1 Serial (SPI) Through Hole PDIP Dual 143ksps - External R-2R, Resistor String 20 10µs Bipolar, Unipolar ±16LSB
RS Stock No. 161-0628
Mfr. Part No.AD766JNZ
HK$267.41
Each (In a Tube of 25)
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16 bit 1 Serial (SPI) Through Hole PDIP Dual 390ksps - Internal Current Steering 16 1.5µs Bipolar ±2%FSR
RS Stock No. 111-1138
Mfr. Part No.AD7541AKNZ
HK$189.97
Each (In a Tube of 20)
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12 bit 1 Parallel Through Hole PDIP Single - 15 V External R-2R, Resistor String 18 0.6µs - ±5LSB
RS Stock No. 522-8578
Mfr. Part No.AD766JNZ
HK$301.55
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16 bit 1 Serial (SPI) Through Hole PDIP Dual 390ksps - Internal Current Steering 16 1.5µs Bipolar ±2%FSR
RS Stock No. 522-9896
Mfr. Part No.AD7541AKNZ
HK$210.03
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12 bit 1 Parallel Through Hole PDIP Single - 15 V External R-2R, Resistor String 18 0.6µs - ±5LSB
RS Stock No. 111-1142
Mfr. Part No.AD420ANZ-32
HK$229.16
Each (In a Tube of 15)
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16 bit 1 Serial (SPI/Microwire) Through Hole PDIP Single 400sps 15 V, 18 V, 24 V External, Internal Delta Sigma 24 3000µs Unipolar -
RS Stock No. 912-6574
Mfr. Part No.AD5662BRMZ-1
HK$48.43
Each (In a Tube of 50)
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16 bit 1 Serial (SPI/QSPI/Microwire) Surface Mount MSOP Single 1.2Msps 3.3 V, 5 V External Resistor String 8 10µs Unipolar ±1.5%FSR
RS Stock No. 697-7445
Mfr. Part No.AD9708ARUZ
HK$69.14
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8 bit 1 Parallel Surface Mount TSSOP Single 125Msps 5 V External, Internal Segmented 28 0.035µs - ±10%FSR
RS Stock No. 106-7067
Mfr. Part No.AD7226KNZ
HK$713.814
Each (In a Tube of 18)
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8 bit 4 Parallel Through Hole PDIP Dual, Single 143ksps 15 V External R-2R, Resistor String 20 20µs Unipolar ±1.5LSB
RS Stock No. 145-6773
Mfr. Part No.AD9708ARUZ
HK$55.02
Each (In a Tube of 50)
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8 bit 1 Parallel Surface Mount TSSOP Single 125Msps 5 V External, Internal Segmented 28 0.035µs - ±10%FSR
RS Stock No. 709-4790
Mfr. Part No.AD5662BRMZ-1
HK$60.93
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16 bit 1 Serial (SPI/QSPI/Microwire) Surface Mount MSOP Single 1.2Msps 3.3 V, 5 V External Resistor String 8 10µs Unipolar ±1.5%FSR
RS Stock No. 378-2143
Mfr. Part No.DAC902E
HK$125.27
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12 bit 1 Parallel Surface Mount TSSOP Single 200Msps 5 V External, Internal Segmented 28 0.03µs Unipolar ±10%FSR
RS Stock No. 522-8590
Mfr. Part No.AD7226KNZ
HK$430.93
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8 bit 4 Parallel Through Hole PDIP Dual, Single 143ksps 15 V External R-2R, Resistor String 20 20µs Unipolar ±1.5LSB
RS Stock No. 523-0004
Mfr. Part No.AD420ANZ-32
HK$245.93
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16 bit 1 Serial (SPI/Microwire) Through Hole PDIP Single 400sps 15 V, 18 V, 24 V External, Internal Delta Sigma 24 3000µs Unipolar -
RS Stock No. 161-0632
Mfr. Part No.DAC8512FPZ
HK$119.03
Each (In a Tube of 50)
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12 bit 1 Serial (SPI) Through Hole PDIP Single 62.5ksps 5 V Internal R-2R, Resistor String 8 16µs Unipolar -
RS Stock No. 160-1691
Mfr. Part No.AD5791ARUZ
HK$568.436
Each (In a Tube of 75)
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20 bit 1 Serial (SPI) Surface Mount TSSOP Dual - - External, Internal R-2R, Resistor String 20 1µs Bipolar ±21LSB
RS Stock No. 917-3643
Mfr. Part No.LTC2620CGN#PBF
HK$98.74
Each (In a Tube of 100)
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12 bit 8 Serial (SPI/Microwire) Surface Mount SSOP Single - 3.3 V, 5 V External - 16 7µs Unipolar ±0.7%FSR
RS Stock No. 522-8556
Mfr. Part No.AD669ANZ
HK$372.44
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16 bit 1 Parallel Through Hole PDIP Dual 167ksps - External, Internal Current Steering 28 13µs Bipolar, Unipolar ±0.15%FSR
RS Stock No. 389-316
Mfr. Part No.DAC7551IDRNT
HK$32.09
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12 bit 1 Serial (SPI/QSPI/Microwire) Surface Mount USON Single 500ksps 3.3 V, 5 V External Resistor String 12 5µs Unipolar ±0.5%FSR
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