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. 806-5507
Mfr. Part No.AD5781BRUZ
TWD1,655.00
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18 bit 1 Serial (SPI) Surface Mount TSSOP Dual - - External, Internal R-2R, Resistor String 20 1µs Bipolar ±5.25LSB
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Mfr. Part No.AD5663BRMZ-1
TWD277.00
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16 bit 2 Serial (SPI) Surface Mount MSOP Single 220ksps 2.7 → 5.5 V External, Internal Resistor String 10 7µs Bipolar ±1%FSR
RS Stock No. 889-5847
Mfr. Part No.MCP4726A0T-E/CH
BrandMicrochip
TWD25.50
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12 bit 1 Serial (I2C) Surface Mount SOT-23 Single - 2.7 → 5.5 V External Resistor String 6 6µs Unipolar 82LSB
RS Stock No. 709-5945
Mfr. Part No.AD5645RBRUZ
TWD494.00
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14 bit 4 Serial (I2C) Surface Mount TSSOP Single - 3.3 V, 5 V External, Internal Resistor String 14 5µs Unipolar ±0.5%FSR
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Mfr. Part No.AD7837BRZ
TWD1,413.00
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12 bit 2 Parallel Surface Mount SOIC W Dual 250ksps - External R-2R, Resistor String 24 5µs Unipolar ±3LSB
RS Stock No. 912-7722
Mfr. Part No.AD5624BRMZ
TWD270.20
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12 bit 4 Serial (SPI/QSPI/Microwire) Surface Mount MSOP Single 287ksps 3.3 V, 5 V External Resistor String 10 4.5µs Unipolar ±1%FSR
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Mfr. Part No.AD7398BRUZ
TWD715.00
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12 bit 4 Serial (SPI) Surface Mount TSSOP Dual, Single 167ksps 3 V, 5 V External R-2R, Resistor String 16 6µs Unipolar ±2.5mV
RS Stock No. 916-3699
Mfr. Part No.MCP48FVB22-E/UN
BrandMicrochip
TWD78.40
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12 bit 2 Serial (SPI) Surface Mount MSOP Single - 1.8 → 2.7 V, 2.7 → 5.5 V Internal Resistor String 10 7.8µs Bipolar 70LSB
RS Stock No. 660-5153
Mfr. Part No.DAC7714UB
TWD1,017.00
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12 bit 4 Serial Surface Mount SOIC Dual, Single 89ksps 15 V External R-2R, Resistor String 16 10µs Bipolar, Unipolar ±2LSB
RS Stock No. 146-0330
Mfr. Part No.MCP48FVB22-E/UN
BrandMicrochip
TWD59.70
Each (In a Tube of 100)
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12 bit 2 Serial (SPI) Surface Mount MSOP Single - 1.8 → 2.7 V, 2.7 → 5.5 V Internal Resistor String 10 7.8µs Bipolar 70LSB
RS Stock No. 709-5935
Mfr. Part No.AD5624BRMZ
TWD340.00
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12 bit 4 Serial (SPI/QSPI/Microwire) Surface Mount MSOP Single 287ksps 3.3 V, 5 V External Resistor String 10 4.5µs Unipolar ±1%FSR
RS Stock No. 879-3258
Mfr. Part No.MCP47FEB01A0-E/ST
BrandMicrochip
TWD28.60
Each (In a Pack of 10)
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8 bit 1 Serial (I2C) Surface Mount TSSOP Single - 1.8 → 5.5 V External, Internal Resistor String 8 6µs Bipolar 4.5LSB
RS Stock No. 158-5301
Mfr. Part No.AD5645RBRUZ
TWD435.50
Each (In a Tube of 96)
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14 bit 4 Serial (I2C) Surface Mount TSSOP Single - 3.3 V, 5 V External, Internal Resistor String 14 5µs Unipolar ±0.5%FSR
RS Stock No. 159-7839
Mfr. Part No.AD7837BRZ
TWD1,286.40
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12 bit 2 Parallel Surface Mount SOIC W Dual 250ksps - External R-2R, Resistor String 24 5µs Unipolar ±3LSB
RS Stock No. 823-1110
Mfr. Part No.MCP4728A0-E/UN
BrandMicrochip
TWD66.00
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12 bit 4 Serial (I2C) Surface Mount MSOP Single - 2.7 → 5.5 V External, Internal Resistor String 10 6µs Unipolar -
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Mfr. Part No.DAC0800LCN/NOPB
TWD40.80
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8 bit 1 Parallel Through Hole MDIP Dual - - External Current Steering 16 0.15µs Unipolar ±1LSB
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Mfr. Part No.AD5694RBRUZ
TWD438.00
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12 bit 4 Serial (I2C) Surface Mount TSSOP Single - 2.7 → 5.5 V Internal Resistor String 16 7µs - ±0.2%FSR
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Mfr. Part No.AD7847BRZ
TWD1,331.00
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12 bit 2 Parallel Surface Mount SOIC W Dual 250ksps - External R-2R, Resistor String 24 5µs Unipolar ±3LSB
RS Stock No. 162-7098
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TWD203.60
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8 bit 4 Parallel Through Hole PDIP Dual, Single 143ksps 15 V External R-2R, Resistor String 20 20µs Bipolar, Unipolar ±2LSB
RS Stock No. 158-0209
Mfr. Part No.AD5545BRUZ
TWD607.80
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16 bit 2 Serial (SPI) Surface Mount TSSOP Single 2Msps 5 V External Current Steering, R-2R 16 0.5µs Unipolar ±4mV