Work In Progress!

High resolution Add-on boards

high res ADC vlabtool

Tested the AD7718 24-bit ADC with a custom PCB.

AIN1-AIN4 have been broken out into pin headers directly , and can be used as unipolar inputs/differential pairs.

AIN5-AIN8 will be used to measure bipolar signals. The inputs for these are attenuated and buffered using high precision Op-Amps OPA2277(offset<10uV , drift<0.1uV/C ), and then level shifted.

The StickVise that handed out as prizes has turned out to be incredibly useful since I use surface mount parts almost exclusively

Fig : Schematic

Now that its functionality has been reasonably tested in terms of software control, and noise spread is below 100uV, an opto-isolated version can be made which should give much better resolution. I hope to post histograms and other characterization results soon.

Unipolar inputs were tested using unbuffered voltages from the 12-bit DAC of the main board.

Differential inputs were checked out using a Peltier plate used a voltage generator.

The main aim of this add-on board for now is to serve as a calibration tool for all the analog inputs on the main board. The AD7718 will first be calibrated against a 6.5 digit standard DMM from Keithley, and then be used as a calibration tool.

The PCB features the REF196 voltage reference, as well as an AD5680 18-bit DAC(as yet untested )

A PCB for a 22-bit ADC MCP3553 is also on its way .


Bode Plot experiment

I2C sensor add-ons

Tinkering with 555, IR and distance sensors

Amplitude Modulation with AD633