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CN0336 Software User Guide


CN0336 provides robust and complete solution for 4 mA-to-20 mA current to digital conversion with isolation, for wide variety measurements where, sensors with standard 4-20 mA output are used. The design solution is optimized for high precision and low cost measurement, using only three active devices, and has a total unadjusted error of less than 0.1% of full scale range. The accuracy depends on the calibration. The circuit shown in Figure 1 incorporates AD8606ARZ OpAmp, AD7091RBRMZ 12-bit successive approximation (SAR) ADC, and ADuM5401ARWZ isolator to create a standard 4 mA-to-20mA current measurement system. The circuit has 12 pin PMOD connector on board, which could be used for connection to a customer microprocessor or FPGA. This CN0336 circuit note discusses the design steps needed to optimize the circuit shown in Figure 1 for a specific bandwidth including noise analysis and component selection considerations.

The performance of the circuit could be demonstrated with the use of Analog Devices SDP controller EVAL-SDP-CB1Z and SDP-to-PMOD Interposer Board SDP-PMD-IB1Z, both optional purchase items. This user guide will discuss how to use the evaluation software to collect data from the EVAL-CN0336-PMDZ Evaluation Board CN0336

Figure 1. 4 mA to 20 mA Single Supply Analog to Digital Conversion with Isolation (All Connections and Decoupling Not Shown)

Required Equipment

  • EVAL-SDP-CB1Z Controller Board (SDP-B Board)
  • EVAL-CN0336-PMDZ Evaluation Board (CN-0336 Board)
  • EVAL-CFTL-6V-PWRZ (+6V Power Supply) or equivalent
  • SDP-PMD-IB1Z SDP-to-PMOD interposer board
  • Current Calibrator
  • Multimeter(to measure the input current)
    • (supplied with provided CD in kit)
  • PC with the following Minimum Requirements
    • Windows XP Service Pack 2 (32-bit)
    • USB type A Port
    • Processor rated at 1GHz or faster
    • 512 MB RAM and 500 MB available hard disk space
  • USB type A to USB type mini-B cable

General Setup

Installing the Software

  1. Load the evaluation software by placing the CN0336 evaluation software disc in the CD drive of the PC. You can also download the most up to date copy of the evaluation software from Open the file setup.exe.

    NOTE: It is recommended that you install the CN0336 Evaluation Software to the default directory path C:\Program Files\Analog Devices\CN0336\ and all National Instruments products to C:\Program Files\National Instruments\

  2. Click Next to view the installation review page

  3. Click Next to start the installation

  4. Upon completion of the installation of the CN0336 Evaluation Software, the installer for the ADI SDP Drivers will execute.

    NOTE: It is recommended that you close all other applications before clicking “Next”. This will make it possible to update relevant system files without having to reboot your computer.


  5. Press “Next” to set the installation location for the SDP Drivers.

    It is recommended that you install the drivers to the default directory path
    C:\C:\Program Files\Analog Devices\SDP\DriversR2

  6. Press “Next” to install the SDP Drivers and complete the installation of all software. Click “Finish” when done.

Connecting the Hardware

  1. Connect the +6V DC Power Supply (Wallwart) to the barrel jack J1 of the Interposer Board (Interposer Board ) as depicted below.

    NOTE: Make sure that the jumper is positioned as shown below!

  2. Connect the 120-pin connector on the SDP-PMD-IB1Z (Interposer Board) to the 120-pin connector marked “CON A” on the EVAL-SDP-CB1Z (SDP-B Board)

  3. Connect the USB cable supplied with EVAL-SDP-CB1Z (SDP-B Board) to the USB port on the PC and the SDP Board

    NOTE: Verify that the SDP Drivers are loaded properly. For that purpose open the Device manager and check if the SDP Board is recognized. If not repeat steps 1-3


  4. Connect the EVAL-CN0336-PMDZ (CN0336 Board) to the SDP-PMD-IB1Z (Interposer Board) via the 12 pin header PMOD connector.

  5. Connect the input current source (Current calibrator) to J2 Terminal Block. The polarity is shown on the picture below

Using the Evaluation Software

Software Control and Indicator Descriptions


  1. Connect/Reconnect Button
    • When this button is pressed, the SDP-B Board makes a USB connection to the CN0336 Board. A connection to the SDP-B Board must be made to use the software.
  2. Run Button
    • When this button is pressed, the SDP-B Board will collect conversion data and present the acquisitions in the chart.
  3. Stop Button
    • When this button is pressed, the software stop collecting data from the CN0336 Board
  4. Clear Data Button
    • When this button is pressed, the software will clear all data collected from the chart history.
  5. Save Data Button
    • When this button is pressed, the software will save the data collected to a tab delimited ASCII spreadsheet file.
  6. Control Tabs
    • Acquire DataMain - Clicking this tab brings the data collection graph to the front.
    • Calibrate System - Clicking this tab brings the system calibration settings to the front.
    • SDP Revision - Clicking this tab brings the SDP board information window to the front.
  7. Numerical Indicator
    • This indicator displays the current reading value. The value units depend on the chosen graph units (10).
  8. Graph
    • This graph displays the collected data. The units on the graph depend on the chosen graph units (10).
  9. Graph Controls
    • These controls allow the user to zoon in, zoom out, and pan through the data collected.
  10. Graph Units Radio Buttons
    • This control determines the units of the data displayed in the chart and the numerical indicator.
  11. System Status String Indicator
    • This indicator displays a message to the user detailing the current state of the software.
  12. System Status LED Indicator
    • This indicator displays the current state of the software in the form of an LED. There are four status LED colors.
      Waiting for user action
  13. Calibrate System Controls
    • These controls allow the user to calibrate the CN0336 Board. For the calibration two current inputs in the range 4-20mA are required. For best performance the inputs have to be selected “4mA” and “20mA”. To perform the calibration follow the instructions on the screen.
  14. SDP Firmware Revision
    • Read only data. After the connection is established with the SDP Board, the basic information for the controller can be found here.

  1. Follow the instructions to properly install the software and connect the hardware as described in the previous sections.
  2. Open the file named CN0336.exe in the installation directory.

    NOTE: If the software was installed to the default location it will be found at
    C:\Program Files\Analog Devices\CN0336\CN03366.exe

  3. Click the Connect/Reconnect Button. A window with a progress bar will load.

  4. Upon success, the System Status String Indicator will display SDP Board Ready to Acquire Data

Calibrating the CN0336 Board

  1. Establish a USB Connection Link.
  2. Click the Calibrate System tab.
  3. Apply first calibration current to the input connector J2 of CN0336.
  4. Write down the applied current to Calibration Current 1 indicator.
  5. Press Calibrate 1 button.
  6. Apply second calibration current to the input connector J2 of CN0336 and different from the previous calibration current.
  7. Write down the applied current to Calibration Current 2 indicator.
  8. Press Calibrate 2 button.

Capturing a Data

  1. Establish a USB Connection Link.
  2. Click the Run Button
  3. Click the Stop Button when acquisition is complete.

Saving Data to a Spreadsheet File

  1. Establish a USB Connection Link.
  2. Capture Data.
  3. Click the Save Data Button.

  4. Click the OK Button.
  5. Browse to the directory location where the spreadsheet file is to be saved.
  6. Name the file.
  7. Click the OK Button.
  8. Open with Notepad or similar. The saved data shows the ADC Codes (decimal)

The software saves the spreadsheet file as ASCII text with columns separated by tabs.


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resources/eval/user-guides/circuits-from-the-lab/cn0336.txt · Last modified: 29 Jul 2021 07:26 by Harvey John De Chavez