APPLICATION NOTE 3176

Digital-to-Analog Converters (DACs) for High-Performance Communications


Abstract: Two new digital-to-analog converters (DACs) from Maxim address the highest levels of dynamic performance in communications and instrumentation systems. The MAX5886/MAX5887/MAX5888 12- to 16-bit converters provide excellent dynamic performance at exceptionally high sample rates and low power levels, and the 14-bit MAX5195 provides the greatest dynamic range available for production DACs operating at sample rates up to 260Msps. Both are available in small, surface-mount packages. These DACs also support the generation of multiple carriers in UMTS, CDMA, and GSM systems.