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Table of Contents


Analog I/O Wildcard Hardware

Connecting To Mosaic Controller

Selecting the Wildcard Address

Selecting the Reference Voltage

Analog I/O Wildcard Field Header


Overview of the Software Device Driver Functions

Initializing the Analog I/O Software Drivers

Using the DAC Drivers

Using the A/D Drivers

Installing the Analog I/O Wildcard Driver Software

Using the Driver Code with C

Using the Driver Code with Forth


Overview of Glossary Notation

Glossary Quick Reference

Glossary Entries

Hardware Schematics (pdf, 38.3KB)

Analog I/O Wildcard User Guide

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Conversion Accuracy

For detailed information regarding the converter’s accuracy please consult the datasheet for the ADS8344. In brief, the accuracy and effective resolution of a conversion depends on a number of factors including the converters intrinsic noise and the source impedance.

Intrinsic Noise

The converter exhibits approximately 20 μVrms of effective input noise. When using a reference voltage range of 5 volts, the size of a least significant bit (lsb) is 76 μV, so this input noise corresponds to an error at about the 18 bit level (one quarter of the converter’s lsb), and so does not compromise the performance of the converter. However, if the reference used is only 0.5 V, then the noise corresponds to appx. 3 lsb.

Source Resistance

Ideally the converter would be driven by a signal with low source resistance. However, a finite source resistance can compromise the converter’s response via two mechanisms. First, there converter has an input leakage current of as much as ±1μA which flows through the source resistance causing a small input offset voltage. For a source resistance of 100Ω this current causes an offset voltage of 0.1 mV, which corresponds to one and a half counts when using a 5V reference. A greater source resistance would cause a correspondingly greater error; e.g., a 1 KΩ source resistance could produce as much as a ± 13 count error.

The input capacitance of the converter must also fully charge through the source resistance during an acquisition time of 2.25μsec. To fully charge, the RC time constant should be much smaller than 2.25μsec. This is usually easily attained. Allowing seven time constants for a large input change to charge with 16-bit precision produces the requirement that 7*RC < 2.25μsec, or R < 2.25 μsec / (7*28pF), or R < 11.5 KΩ.

Analog I/O Wildcard Field Header

The analog inputs and outputs are brought out to a 24-pin dual row header on the Analog I/O Wildcard as shown in Table 1-5.

Table 1-5 Analog I/O Wildcard Field Header

analog I/O board field header

To connect your transducer signals or control inputs to the Field Bus (H3 on the Analog I/O Wildcard) use a ribbon cable or the Screw Terminal Module that brings out the signals to screw terminal blocks. Shielding the connecting wires is highly recommended for optimal performance.

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