This version (09 Jul 2013 13:48) was approved by Lucian Sin.

Supported Devices

Evaluation Boards

  • PmodAD3


The AD7780 is a complete low power front-end solution for bridge sensor products, including weigh scales, strain gages, and pressure sensors. It contains a precision, low power, 24-bit sigma-delta (Σ-Δ) ADC; an on-chip, low noise programmable gain amplifier (PGA); and an on-chip oscillator.

Consuming only 330 μA, the AD7780 is particularly suitable for portable or battery-operated products where very low power is required. The AD7780 also has a power-down mode that allows the user to switch off the power to the bridge sensor and power down the AD7780 when not converting, thus increasing the battery life of the product.

For ease of use, all the features of the AD7780 are controlled by dedicated pins. Each time a data read occurs, eight status bits are appended to the 24-bit conversion. These status bits contain a pattern sequence that can be used to confirm the validity of the serial transfer.

The on-chip PGA has a gain of 1 or 128, supporting a full-scale differential input of ±5 V or ±39 mV. The device has two filter response options. The filter response at the 16.7 Hz update rate provides superior dynamic performance. The settling time is 120 ms at this update rate. At the 10 Hz update rate, the filter response provides greater than −45 dB of stop-band attenuation. In load cell applications, this stop-band rejection is useful to reject low frequency mechanical vibrations of the load cell. The settling time is 300 ms at this update rate. Simultaneous 50 Hz/60 Hz rejection occurs at both the 10 Hz and 16.7 Hz update rates.

The AD7780 operates with a power supply from 2.7 V to 5.25 V. It is available in a narrow body, 14-lead SOIC package and a 16-lead TSSOP package.


  • Weigh scales
  • Pressure Measurement
  • Industrial Process Control
  • Portable instrumentation

05 Dec 2012 09:56 · Dan Nechita

The goal of this project (Microcontroller No-OS) is to be able to provide reference projects for lower end processors, which can't run Linux, or aren't running a specific operating system, to help those customers using microcontrollers with ADI parts. Here you can find a generic driver which can be used as a base for any microcontroller platform and also specific drivers for different microcontroller platforms.

Driver Description

The driver contains two parts:

  • The driver for the AD7780 part, which may be used, without modifications, with any microcontroller.
  • The Communication Driver, where the specific communication functions for the desired type of processor and communication protocol have to be implemented. This driver implements the communication with the device and hides the actual details of the communication protocol to the ADI driver.

The Communication Driver has a standard interface, so the AD7780 driver can be used exactly as it is provided.

There are three functions which are called by the AD7780 driver:

  • SPI_Init() – initializes the communication peripheral.
  • SPI_Write() – writes data to the device.
  • SPI_Read() – reads data from the device.

SPI driver architecture

The following functions are implemented in this version of AD7780 driver:

Function Description
char AD7780_Init(void) Initializes the communication peripheral and checks if the device is present.
char AD7780_WaitRdyGoLow(void) Waits for DOUT/RDY pin to go low.
long AD7780_ReadSample(unsigned char* pStatus) Reads a 24-bit sample from the ADC.
float AD7780_ConvertToVoltage(unsigned long rawSample, float vRef, unsigned char gain) Converts the 24-bit raw value to volts.
resources/tools-software/uc-drivers/ad7780.txt · Last modified: 09 Jul 2013 13:48 by Lucian Sin