Digital-to-analog Converter having Common-mode Isolation and Differential Output
by G. A. Hellwarth, S. Boinodiris
A digital-to-analog converter (DAC) is described that has transformer-coupled isolation for both power and data inputs and provides a true differential output. The DAC provides a 10-bit, 10.23-V unipolar output of either polarity, depending on which of the two output lines is used as the load reference potential. The common-mode potential may be as large as 250 V, and below 120 Hz the common-mode rejection typically exceeds 100 dB. The isolated, balanced circuit eliminates environmental noise problems and permits long cabling lengths without loss of dc accuracy. The DAC is an analog output feature available on the IBM System/7, a small computer designed for data acquisition and real-time automation applications.