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ADAQ7980 User Guide


The ADAQ7980/ADAQ7988 are 16-bit analog-to-digital converter (ADC) subsystems that integrate four common signal processing and conditioning blocks into a system in package (SiP) design that supports a variety of applications. These devices contain the most critical passive components, eliminating many of the design challenges associated with traditional signal chains that use successive approximation register (SAR) ADCs. These passive components are crucial to achieving the specified device performance.

The ADAQ7980/ADAQ7988 contain a high accuracy, low power, 16-bit SAR ADC, a low power, high bandwidth, high input impedance ADC driver, a low power, stable reference buffer, and an efficient power management block. Housed within a tiny, 5 mm × 4 mm LGA package, these systems simplify the design process for data acquisition systems. The level of system integration of the ADAQ7980/ADAQ7988 solves many design challenges, while the devices still provide the flexibility of a configurable ADC driver feedback loop to allow gain and/or common-mode adjustments. A set of four device supplies provides optimal system performance; however, single-supply operation is possible with minimal impact on device operating specifications.

Using the SDI input, the SPI-compatible serial interface features the ability to daisy-chain multiple devices on a single, 3-wire bus and provides an optional busy indicator. The user interface is compatible with 1.8 V, 2.5 V, 3 V, or 5 V logic. Specified operation of these devices is from −55°C to +125°C.


  • Automated test equipment (ATE)
  • Battery powered instrumentation
  • Communications
  • Data acquisition
  • Process control
  • Medical instruments

Supported Device

Evaluation Boards

Supported carrier

HDL Design Description

In the ADI Reference Designs HDL User Guide can be found an in-depth presentation and instructions about the HDL design in general.

The reference design uses the standard SPI Engine Framework with an integrated pulse generator, which will provide the required conversion rate for the ADC.

In order to build the HDL design the user has to go through the following steps:

  1. Confirm that you have the right tools (see Release notes)
  2. Clone the HDL GitHub repository (see
  3. Set up the required sampling rate (see caption Design Configuration)

Design Configuration

The reference design uses an integrated pulse generator to synchronise the capture events during continuous conversion. The required sampling rate can be set in system_bd.tcl file to the required values:

1) The targeted sampling rate:

set adc_sampling_rate 1000000

No-OS Driver Description

Functions Declarations

Function Description
int32_t adaq7980_setup(adaq7980_dev **device, adaq7980_init_param init_param);
Initialize the device.

Types Declarations

typedef struct {
	/* SPI */
	spi_device			spi_dev;
	/* GPIO */
	gpio_device			gpio_dev;
	int8_t				gpio_pd_ldo;
	int8_t				gpio_ref_pd;
	int8_t				gpio_rbuf_pd;
} adaq7980_dev;
typedef struct {
	/* SPI */
	uint8_t				spi_chip_select;
	spi_mode			spi_mode;
	spi_type			spi_type;
	uint32_t			spi_device_id;
	/* GPIO */
	gpio_type			gpio_type;
	uint32_t			gpio_device_id;
	int8_t				gpio_pd_ldo;
	int8_t				gpio_ref_pd;
	int8_t				gpio_rbuf_pd;
} adaq7980_init_param;

Create the SDK Project

To run the application the user has to create an Empty Application Project using Xilinx SDK, and have to copy all the design sources to the sw directory. (see SDK Software Setup for more detailed instructions) Another option for building the no-OS is using the Makefile. (see Build no-OS with GNU make)

HDL Downloads

No-OS Downloads

resources/eval/user-guides/adaq7980-sdz.txt · Last modified: 09 Jan 2021 00:32 by Robin Getz