External A/D jitter
Chris Eddy email (remove spam text)
Dave Johnson wrote:
Ref both items above, I suggest adding a front end for two reasons. You would
prefer to low pass filter the incoming signal, esp as in your case it is a
mystery signal. Also read up on aliasing. You would also like to drive the
input impedance of the A/D with a low impedance, an impedance that may not be
guaranteed by your target signal. Third, you would like a chance to protect
the input of your circuit from Johny Danger Fingers. I would combine an op-amp
buffer with a low pass circuit. Try the non-inverting circuit, which offers
very high input impedance, with a cap strapped across the feedback resistor.
This cap value, probably OOO 0.1uF, will low pass the signal. You can add one
more low pass by tacking the target signal into the + pin on the op-amp through
another RC filter. This will give you two low pass filters combined, not a
perfect filter but far better than none. THEN you can add a few diodes to the
rails at the + pin, and the R in the RC filter acts as a load when the diodes
conduct on over voltage. Choose a low current (as you are apt to do with your
low power A/D) rail to rail input rail to rail output amp.
With respect to S/H or T/H, don't do it. You think ground loops on a 12 bit
A/D was a pain, hold on to your britches. The up side is that almost every A/D
made in modern day has a built in T/H. They have saved you all of the
trouble. S/H circuits are getting somewhat more difficult to locate, Analog
devices does have a few, but the pickins get slim from there.
> BTW, is it OK to hit the PICList with these sorts of more general
> electronics questions? I figure if I'm grappling with these questions
Tradition indicates that you put the OT in your subject, as you have, and thus
you are safe. With the ocean of OT that doesn't even relate to electronics,
your OT is not realy that OT.
Best of luck.
See also: www.piclist.com/techref/io/atod.htm?key=a%2Fd
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