Digital to Analog Converter or DAC
Op amp is extensively used as main building block of digital to analog convertor. Digital to analog convertor is an electronics device in form of IC, which converts digital signal to its equivalent analog signal. The DAC can be realized in many ways. One of the popular digital to analog convertor circuit is binary weighted ladder.This is basically a summing amplifier designed with suitable resistances, as shown below.
Now, applying Kirchhoff Current Law at node 1 of the above circuit, we get, Before going through the above circuit of digital to analog convertor, Let us put some suitable values of different resistors connected in the circuit. Such as, Rf = 10KΩ, R1 = 10KΩ, R2 = 20KΩ, R3 = 40KΩ and R4= 80KΩ.
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Putting these values in equation (i) we get, Now, let us also apply voltage at input terminals either 0 or 1 volt. Putting , 0 volt at all inputs,(i.e. v1 = 0, v2 = 0, v3 = 0 and v4 = 0) we get,
So, for digital input 0000, we get analog output 0 volt. Putting, 1V at last input only,(i.e. v1=0, v2=0, v3=0 and v4=1V), we get, Similarly, for v1 = 0, v2 = 0, v3 = 1, v4 = 0
For, v1 = 0, v2 = 0, v3 = 1, v4 = 1 In this way the inputs and corresponding outputs can be represented in a table as shown below.
|Binary Input [v1 v2 v3 v4]||Decimal Value||Output(-v0)|