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  1. soos

    soos Guest


    I am looking for an ADC 16+ bit resolution that would sample 64 chanels
    at the
    rate of 25 Khz each. switching is planned to be done with a mux.

    I have heard that the sigma delta ADCs are not appropriate for this

    Questions are:

    1.If indeed they are'nt ,can some one explain why?
    2.if not can any one point a specific SD ADC that can stand they rates

    Thanks in advace,
  2. Delta sigma converters generally require several times as long to
    get a stable output when switching inputs with a multiplexer because
    the internal digital filters require settling time.

    You are looking at collecting 64 x 25000 samples per second or
    1.6MSamples per second. Multiply that times 3 for the extra settling
    time, and you're going to need a REALLY fast clock for the converter,
    and a very fast multiplexer.

    64 channels times 25KHz is a problem better suited to multiple
    faster converters. The RADAR, SONAR, and ultrasound folks might
    have a solution, but it won't be cheap!

    Mark Borgerson
  3. Ban

    Ban Guest

    SD-ADCs have a latency(pipeline delay) because the conversion needs a couple
    of clock cycles to be finished. Look in the datasheet, usually 3 to 24
    samples are needed. You can multiplex the input, but then have to wait those
    cycles until a meaningful data is output. The problem with so many inputs
    will be that now the output data has to be really fast, in fact the rate
    would need to be 64 * 25k * delay. The AD10678 would be possible, with 11
    cycles delay you will need 17.6MHz clock, well below the 80MHz capability,
    but the price...
    A much better decision would be a SAR-based converter, which do not have a
    pipeline delay. Maybe you could come along with one or two AD7655, which has
    already a 4:1 Input mux, so your analog switches are reduced. 2 channels are
    sampled simultaneously, which might be of importance for certain
  4. CBFalconer

    CBFalconer Guest

    Delta modulation generally follows changes in the input signal,
    with significant limitations on the slew rate. A mux implies
    wholesale alteration in that value, and thus is not suitable in
    front of delta modulation.
  5. In any sampled systems, the input spectrum must be limited to below
    fs/2 in order to avoid aliases.

    In SD ADCs, this bandwidth limitation is more or less inherent due to
    the way the SD converter works and very little or no external low pass
    filtering is required.

    In a multiplexed system, the multiplexer becomes the sampler and the
    low pass filtering has to be moved in front on the multiplexer and
    implemented on _every_ input channel. Implementing 64 analog low pass
    filters with precision resistors and capacitors or SCFs will also add
    quite a lot to the system cost.

    With current low cost of SD ADCs, using 64 separate ADCs might be more
    cost effective than using a super fast ADC, a multiplexer and signal
    conditioning for all the 64 input channels.

  6. Randy Yates

    Randy Yates Guest

    Hi Mark,

    Maybe you can enlighten me a bit here. Back in my old school/analog
    days, I was taught that settling time is inversely proportional to
    bandwidth. If I have a Fn Hz channel (from sampling at 2*Fn samples
    per second), then why wouldn't the settling time of an input be the
    same whether I used delta sigma or flash converter techniques?

    I've heard this flavor of argument for years (decades?) against
    using delta sigma converters in multi-channel systems. It must
    be true - the folks who have used them would know (I have not). But
    as I've just queried, there's something that doesn't seem to add up,
    in my view.

  7. Ville Voipio

    Ville Voipio Guest

    It is rather difficult to find a sigma-delta ADC for that kind
    of sampling frequency even for a single channel. Of course,
    many inexpensive audio converters claim something like
    "192 ks/s, 24 bits", but this is not the complete truth.

    If you want to use such a converter in a multiplexed system,
    you'll face the fact that the bandwith limitation (96 kHz)
    effectively limits the settling time when multiplexing.

    The worst case is when you have two multiplexed signals
    which alternate between minimum and maximum. The square
    wave produced this way has very significant high frequency
    components. If you want to sample this signal down to
    16 bits, the bandwidth has to be way larger than the multiplexing

    So, the first problem is the bandwidth-limiting nature of
    sigma-delta converters. Other converter types (SAR, flash)
    don't have this problem, their bandwidth may be much wider
    than the sampling frequency (which in many cases is a problem
    per se).

    Another significant problem with sigma-delta converters
    is their bad DC behaviour. The "el cheapo" audio converters
    have rather impressive dynamic performance, but when it comes
    to measuring DC levels, there may be hundreds of LSBs of
    error and drift, as those parameters are insignificant in
    audio processing.

    There are fast DC-accurate sigma-deltas as well. For example,
    the TI (BB) ADS1606 seems to offer 16 bits at 5 Ms/s and
    2.45 MHz bandwidth. Oh, the price is $30 each, and you'd still
    need many of these in parallel (check the data sheet to
    get the idea of the settling time).

    There are some less expensive converters with dozens of
    kilosamples per second. However, they could sample only one
    channel at a time, and the price is still well above
    that of an inexpensive audio sigma-delta.

    I'd recommend using the approach of one converter per channel.
    This makes the sampling requirements much easier. If you want
    to sample something at 64 x 25 kHz = 1.6 MHz at 16 bits, the
    input impedance has to be low, but at 25 kHz there should be
    no problems.

    If you really want to multiplex, then SAR converters are better.
    There are 16-bit SAR converters with megasample-range throughput.
    Using one of these could possibly solve the problem with a
    single converter and a huge multiplexer. (Beware, there are even
    SAR converters with poor DC performance!)

    The solution this way would be less expensive than with per-channel
    converters, but the design is more complicated (multiplexers,
    buffers, etc. with 16-bit accuracy). In any case, you'll need
    to study the converter data very carefully, as very often
    the datasheets are rather shy when it comes to the deficiencies
    of the converters.

    - Ville
  8. Randy Yates

    Randy Yates Guest

    It's "delta sigma".
  9. Ville Voipio

    Ville Voipio Guest

    If the bandwidth is the same, then there is no difference between
    the converters.

    But if you take a typical SAR converter, its analog bandwidth
    (before the sampling stage) is typically much larger than the
    sampling rate. For example, the AD7476 (1 Ms/s, 12-bit SAR ADC)
    has 1 Ms/s maximum sampling rate and 6.5 MHz full-power (3 dB)
    bandwidth. This bandwidth will give LSB settling at the maximum
    sampling rate.

    On the other hand, the (pseudo-analog) bandwidth of a sigma-delta
    is almost exactly Fs/2. This means in this case there is 1:10
    ratio between the bandwidths, and this makes the difference in
    settling time.

    - Ville
  10. I read in that Randy Yates
    Both terms are used. I once thought they were different configurations,
    but it appears not. OTOH, the digma-selta converter has a higher alcohol
  11. Andre

    Andre Guest

    Additionally, you might have to deal with delays. Typical delay times
    between analog input and digital output of delta-sigma ADs are around 15
    samples! This might make synching mux timing and sampled data hard to do.

    Best regards,

  12. CBFalconer

    CBFalconer Guest

    Please don't toppost. Your answer belongs after, or intermixed
    with, the material you quote, with immaterial matter snipped out.

    First, consider what a delta demodulator is:

    1 bit signal ----1 bit register-----integrator----->out analog
    clock ---------------|

    simple, huh? Now, how do you make a delta encoder?

    input signal--->-|----------+ v
    |comparator|---->-1 bit register-+->out bits
    +-->-|----------+ |
    | |
    +---<-----the same demodulator-<------+

    still simple, huh. The demodulator is the integrator. All that
    has been added is a single comparator and feedback. The integrator
    is an op-amp with one resistor and one capacitor. Any failure to
    match time constants shows up as a gain factor.

    What it encodes is simple - is the input higher or lower than the
    output at any given (clocked) moment. The integrator has to
    operate peacefully throughout the clock period, so there is nothing
    to multiplex, except possibly the digital transmission path.

    That is also why delta systems always have an output at 1/2 the
    clock frequency. They are never stable at a voltage level.

    Contrast that with a flash, or almost any conventional ADC. It
    takes a sample, possibly holds it, and generates a multi-bit
    representation of that sample. The delta system generates a one
    bit comparison, at a higher clock rate.
  13. Ville Voipio

    Ville Voipio Guest

    Analog uses "sigma delta", Linear uses "delta sigma", TI/BB
    uses "delta sigma". Maxim does not know which one to use:

    IIRC, Linear tried to make a big difference between delta-sigma
    and sigma-delta when LTC2400 came around. There is indeed
    a theoretical difference between the two topologies, but
    as the difference is rather insignificant from the user's
    point of view, the two terms seem to be used as synonyms.

    Actually, it would be more precise to talk about "oversampling"
    converters, because that's what makes the difference. Not the
    actual converter topology or modulator order.

    - Ville
  14. Rob Gaddi

    Rob Gaddi Guest

    Not exactly. The pole in the feedback loop of a delta-sigma converter
    serves to take the nominally white quantization noise power and blue
    shift it into the higher frequencies, which if your mixed signal system
    is designed correctly will then be out of band from your signal, such
    that the quantization noise can be filtered and decimated out. This is
    in contrast to just taking say an SAR, oversampling by N, filtering, and
    decimating, which doesn't perform this noise shaping because it doesn't
    have the feedback.
  15. Jerry Avins

    Jerry Avins Guest

    Then that gets low-pass filtered, smoothing the choppy result and adding
    precision -- extra bits -- by averaging. The filter adds delay and needs
    to be flushed and refilled whenever the MUX selects a new input.

  16. Randy Yates

    Randy Yates Guest



    Randy Yates
    Sony Ericsson Mobile Communications
    Research Triangle Park, NC, USA
    , 919-472-1124
  17. John  Larkin

    John Larkin Guest

    I've never understood that. You'll have to explain it to me some day.

  18. The simple explanation seems to be that there are internal digital
    filters that have to settle before the output is valid. The number
    and kind of internal filters determines the response to a step
    input on the signal.

    I'm sure someone else has (or will) explain in greater detail. If
    not, look into the data sheet on the CS5534 (a sigma-delta
    converter with multiplexe inputs).
    If it was easy, no one would pay us the big bucks for solving these
    problems! ;-)


    Mark Borgerson
  19. I read in that Randy Yates
    That applies to minimum-phase networks. Anything with a delay in it is
    in principle not minimum-phase and there is no general relation between
    settling time and bandwidth.
  20. I read in that John Larkin
    Look for Audio Engineering Society papers by S Lipshitz and J
    Vanderkooy. If you are like me, you still won't understand it. (;-)
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