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. 697-6940
Mfr. Part No.AD5764RBSUZ
TWD1,767.00
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16 bit 4 Serial (SPI/QSPI/Microwire) Surface Mount TQFP Dual - - External, Internal R-2R, Resistor String 32 10µs Bipolar ±0.02%FSR
RS Stock No. 522-9026
Mfr. Part No.AD767JNZ
TWD1,257.00
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12 bit 1 Parallel Through Hole PDIP Dual - - External, Internal Current Steering 24 4µs Bipolar, Unipolar ±0.2%FSR
RS Stock No. 158-0485
Mfr. Part No.AD5764RBSUZ
TWD1,867.50
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16 bit 4 Serial (SPI/QSPI/Microwire) Surface Mount TQFP Dual - - External, Internal R-2R, Resistor String 32 10µs Bipolar ±0.02%FSR
RS Stock No. 111-1101
Mfr. Part No.AD767JNZ
TWD1,159.90
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12 bit 1 Parallel Through Hole PDIP Dual - - External, Internal Current Steering 24 4µs Bipolar, Unipolar ±0.2%FSR
RS Stock No. 145-1191
Mfr. Part No.LTC1446CN8#PBF
TWD366.60
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12 bit 2 Serial (SPI) Through Hole PDIP Single - 5 V Internal R-2R 8 14µs Unipolar -
RS Stock No. 825-1060
Mfr. Part No.MCP4725A2T-E/CH
BrandMicrochip
TWD33.00
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12 bit 1 Serial (I2C) Surface Mount SOT-23 Single 3.4Msps 2.7 → 5.5 V External Resistor String 6 6µs Bipolar -
RS Stock No. 876-7199
Mfr. Part No.MCP4921-E/SN
BrandMicrochip
TWD51.20
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12 bit 1 Serial (SPI/Microwire) Surface Mount SOIC Single - 2.7 → 5.5 V External Resistor String 8 4.5µs Bipolar 1%FSR
RS Stock No. 402-803
Mfr. Part No.MCP4921-E/SN
BrandMicrochip
TWD67.50
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12 bit 1 Serial (SPI/Microwire) Surface Mount SOIC Single - 2.7 → 5.5 V External Resistor String 8 4.5µs Bipolar 1%FSR
RS Stock No. 761-9336
Mfr. Part No.LTC2606CDD#PBF
TWD246.00
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16 bit 1 Serial Surface Mount DFN Single 400kHz 2.7 5.5 V External R-2R, Resistor String 10 10µs - ±1LSB
RS Stock No. 154-7630
Mfr. Part No.LTC2606CDD#PBF
TWD143.80
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16 bit 1 Serial Surface Mount DFN Single 400kHz 2.7 → 5.5 V External R-2R, Resistor String 10 10µs - ±1LSB
RS Stock No. 165-1976
Mfr. Part No.MCP4911-E/SN
BrandMicrochip
TWD36.60
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10 bit 1 Serial (SPI) Surface Mount SOIC Single - 2.7 → 5.5 V External Resistor String 8 4.5µs Bipolar -
RS Stock No. 806-5373
Mfr. Part No.AD5624RBRMZ-3
TWD353.00
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12 bit 4 Serial (SPI) Surface Mount MSOP Single - 2.7 → 5.5 V External, Internal Resistor String 10 4.5µs Bipolar ±1%FSR
RS Stock No. 709-4819
Mfr. Part No.AD660ARZ
TWD1,217.00
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16 bit 1 Parallel, Serial Surface Mount SOIC W Dual 167ksps - External, Internal Current Steering 24 13µs Bipolar, Unipolar ±0.1%FSR
RS Stock No. 157-8499
Mfr. Part No.DAC8800FPZ
TWD836.40
Each (In a Tube of 18)
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8 bit 8 Serial (SPI) Through Hole PDIP Dual, Single 1.25Msps 12 V External - 20 2µs Bipolar, Unipolar ±0.5LSB
RS Stock No. 160-1657
Mfr. Part No.AD5624RBRMZ-3
TWD280.70
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12 bit 4 Serial (SPI) Surface Mount MSOP Single - 2.7 → 5.5 V External, Internal Resistor String 10 4.5µs Bipolar ±1%FSR
RS Stock No. 738-6702
Mfr. Part No.MCP4922-E/ST
BrandMicrochip
TWD87.00
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12 bit 2 Serial (SPI) Surface Mount TSSOP Single - 2.7 → 5.5 V External Resistor String 14 4.5µs Unipolar 1%FSR
RS Stock No. 522-9874
Mfr. Part No.DAC8800FPZ
TWD898.00
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8 bit 8 Serial (SPI) Through Hole PDIP Dual, Single 1.25Msps 12 V External - 20 2µs Bipolar, Unipolar ±0.5LSB
RS Stock No. 923-7844
Mfr. Part No.MAX538BCPA+
TWD335.20
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12 bit 1 Serial (SPI/QSPI/Microwire) Through Hole PDIP Single - 5 V External R-2R 8 25µs Bipolar, Unipolar -
RS Stock No. 162-7254
Mfr. Part No.DAC7744E
TWD1,838.30
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16 bit 4 Parallel Surface Mount SSOP Dual, Single 100ksps 5 V, 15 V External R-2R, Resistor String 48 11µs Bipolar, Unipolar ±0.05%FSR
RS Stock No. 158-0158
Mfr. Part No.AD5390BSTZ-5
TWD1,583.10
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14 bit 16 Serial (I2C/SPI/QSPI/Microwire) Surface Mount LQFP Single 125ksps 5 V External, Internal Resistor String 52 10µs Unipolar ±0.06%FSR