Autoranging amplifier expands computer’s A/D sensitivity by two decades
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This device accepts an analog signal from 0 to +14 V, automatically changes gain to condition the analog output to the limits of a ±1 V A/D converter, and transmits the gain mode as two digital bits. A computer with a 10-bit A/D converter and two sense lines uses this device to obtain the dynamic range of a 16-bit A/D converter. The relatively simple principle of the circuit may be of interest to expand the voltage sensitivity range of other analog devices for slowly changing signals.
KeywordsField Effect Transistor Operational Amplifier Reference Voltage Analog Device Gain Mode
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