A Simple ADC Comparison Matrix

By: Jim LeClare

Abstract: Maxim manufactures analog-to-digital converters (ADCs) using the six popular ADC architectures. Deciding on the correct ADC requires tradeoffs between resolution, channel count, power consumption, size, conversion time, static performance, dynamic performance, and price. Designers need to know the key features, and have a basic understanding of the architectures and their design limitations.\t

This application note provides an overview of the architectures. It includes links to application notes that provide more detail and a handy comparison table that compares the key features and characteristics.