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Demystifying Mixed Signal Test Methods by Mark Baker

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CHAPTER 7

TESTING DIGITAL-TO-ANALOG CONVERTERS

Trifles make perfection, but perfection is no trifle.

—Michelangelo

7.1 Introduction

The digital-to-analog converter (DAC) is perhaps the most ubiquitous type of mixed signal device. Applications for DACs span a wide range, from consumer audio to precision instrumentation, and everything in between. Whether or not you spend much of your career testing DACs, it’s still a good idea to know how. There is a terminology and methodology associated with DAC tests that applies to many other areas of mixed signal ...

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