SPI isolators speed high performance data converters

From Linear Technology comes the LTM2893 and LTM2895 serial peripheral interface microA isolators, optimised for its family of high performance data converters.

The LTM2893 and LTM2895 support SPI clock speeds up to 100MHz which, the company says, more than doubles the 40MHz limit of existing digital isolators and enables the use of higher resolution and higher speed data converters while maintaining zero latency operation.

With a fast SPI, 6,000VRMS of galvanic isolation, and additional high speed control signals, the LTM2893 and LTM2895 require no external components and provide a simple microA module solution for isolated data converter communications.

The LTM2893 (read only) and LTM2893-1 (read/write) are designed to isolate Linear Technology’s general purpose successive approximation register (SAR) analogue-to-digital converters (ADCs), including the LTC2378 family of 20-, 18- and 16-bit 1Msps SAR ADCs or the LTC2348 family of octal, 18- and 16-bit 200ksps/channel simultaneous sampling SAR ADCs.  Additional high-speed control signals provide support for parallel or chain-connected configurations, as well as analogue multiplexers or programmable gain amplifiers. Configurable word length allows SPI access to be tailored to a specific ADC to maximise throughput. With only 30psRMS of additive jitter from input to output, the LTM2893 and LTM2893-1 minimise signal-to-noise ratio (SNR) degradation in ADCs due to jitter.

The LTM2895 is designed to isolate Linear Technology’s general purpose digital-to-analogue converters (DACs), including the unipolar LTC2641 family or bipolar LTC2642 family of 16-/14-/12-bit unbuffered voltage output DACs. Additional high- speed control signals provide support for dual channel, dual DAC, or host-to-host (ie FPGA to isolated FPGA with page mode data transfer) configurations, while a configurable word length allows SPI access to be tailored to a specific DAC to maximize throughput.  A low 30psRMS jitter /LOAD signal path is also available for DACs with an asynchronous LOAD input.

The LTM2893, LTC2893-1 and LTM2895 are housed in a low profile 15 x 6.25 x 2.06mm surface mount BGA package; all ICs and passive components are housed in this RoHS-compliant microA module package.

All devices are available in commercial, industrial and automotive versions, supporting operating temperature ranges from 0 to 70 degree C, -40 to 85 degree C and -40 to 125 degree C, respectively.



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