Analog-to-Digital Converters

Authored by: E.B. Loewenstein

Measurement, Instrumentation, and Sensors Handbook

Print publication date:  February  2014
Online publication date:  February  2014

Print ISBN: 9781439848913
eBook ISBN: 9781439848937
Adobe ISBN:

10.1201/b15664-98

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Abstract

Almost every modern instrumentation system includes some form of digitizer, or analog-to-digital converter (ADC). An ADC converts real-world signals (usually voltages) into digital numbers so that a computer or digital processor can (1) acquire signals automatically, (2) store and retrieve information about the signals, (3) process and analyze the information, and (4) display measurement results. A digitizing system can do these jobs with greater speed, reliability, repeatability, accuracy, and resolution than a purely analog system normally can.

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