Saturday, August 8, 2009

One sweet ADC, National Semiconductor ADC08100

I spent this weekend playing with a few analog to digital convertors I have been meaning to try out, one of which is the National Semiconductor ADC08100. The ADC08100 is an 8 bit 100Msps ADC with very low power operation. To test it out I have it clocked from a PIC18F4520 running at 40Mhz and has the output being displayed on a pair of HP hexadecimal displays. Input is coming from a small Murata pot whose voltage can be adjusted over the set range of 0V to +3V.

I plan on using these ADCs for everything from video capture in basic machine vision systems to any type of ADC that needs high speed accurate conversion that can offload the ADC operation from the microcontroller itself.