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Pseudo-Differential Serial SAR ADC Achieves 96.5dB SNR Performance & Low Power


Linear Technology has introduced the LTC2369-18, a serial 18-bit, 1.6Msps pseudo-differential SAR analog-to-digital converter (ADC), which achieves impressive 96.5dB SNR and -120dB THD while supporting a 0V to 5V unipolar input range.

The pseudo-differential input simplifies the ADC driver requirement, enabling single-ended drive while benefiting from the reduction of unwanted signals common to both inputs. This reduces complexity and lowers the power requirements in the signal chain. Operating from a 2.5V supply, the LTC2369-18 consumes only 18mW, with a low power shutdown mode that consumes just 2.25µW. When used in combination with the recommended single-ended ADC driver LT6202, the combined power dissipation is a mere 53mW, a 40% reduction from a fully differential drive circuit. The LTC2369-18 is the industry’s highest performing 18-bit pseudo-differential SAR ADC, featuring a maximum INL of ±2.5LSB with no missing codes and guaranteed specifications over the -40°C to 125°C temperature range.

Complementing the LTC2369-18 is the pin- and software-compatible 16-bit, 2Msps LTC2370-16. The LTC2370-16 achieves outstanding 94dB SNR and ±0.85LSB maximum INL. The LTC2369-18 and LTC2370-16 are the first in a family of 18-/16-bit high performance pseudo-differential SAR ADCs with speeds ranging from 250ksps to 2Msps. They offer a user-friendly SPI interface, explicit Busy and Chain pins, I/O voltages from 1.8V to 5V and an internal oscillator that simplifies digital timing and minimizes external component count. Their true no-latency operation enables accurate one-shot measurements even after lengthy idle periods with no minimum sample rate required.

The LTC2369-18 family of 18-/16-bit pseudo-differential SAR ADCs broadens the LTC2379-18 family of up to 102dB SNR, fully differential SAR ADCs introduced previously. Linear’s complete portfolio of high performance pseudo and fully differential 18-/16-bit SAR ADCs with high SNR, fast throughput and low power dissipation is ideal for high performance medical, industrial and automotive applications.

The LTC2369-18 and LTC2370-16 are available in small 16-lead MSOP and 4mm x 3mm DFN packages, and are priced at $29.95 each and $24.50 each, respectively in 1,000 piece quantities. To achieve uncompromised AC performance, we recommend the low noise, low power LT6202 ADC driver. We also recommend the LTC6655, a precision external reference with high accuracy of ±0.025% max, 2ppm/°C drift and low 0.25ppmP-P noise ideal for high precision applications. The DC1813A, an integrated demo board featuring the LT6202 ADC driver and LTC6655 reference, is available at or via a local Linear Technology sales office. For more information, visit

Summary of Features of the LTC2369-18:

·    1.6Msps Throughput Rate

·    ±2.5LSB INL (Max)

·    Guaranteed 18-Bit No Missing Codes

·    Low Power: 18mW at 1.6Msps, 18μW at 1.6ksps

·    96.5dB SNR (Typ) at fIN = 2kHz

·    –120dB THD (Typ) at fIN = 2kHz

·    Guaranteed Operation to 125°C

·    2.5V Supply

·    Pseudo-Differential Unipolar Input Range: 0V to VREF

·    VREF Input Range from 2.5V to 5.1V

·    No Pipeline Delay, No Cycle Latency

·    1.8V to 5V I/O Voltages

·    SPI-Compatible Serial I/O with Daisy-Chain Mode

·    Internal Conversion Clock

·    16-Lead MSOP & 4mm X 3mm DFN Packages    


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