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Microchip Adds to Its DAC Product Line

Microchip Technology Inc. has announced the expansion of its non-volatile, digital-to-analog product line with new low-power MCP4706/16/26 devices.

The single-channel DACs feature buffered 8,10, and 12-bit voltage output options, integrated EEPROM, and are offered in a miniature 2 mm x 2 mm DFN package, as well as a 6-pin SOT-23 package.

The chips are targeted for consumer and industrial applications, including wireless microphones, MP3-player accessories, motor control, flow measurement, temperature control, and light control.

Integrated EEPROM enables DAC settings to be recalled at power up for added system flexibility. The buffered output voltage allows a selectable gain of 1 or 2, and provides a rail-to-rail output. Low-power consumption of 210 microamperes extends battery life, and the small packages reduce the amount of board space consumed.

Jefferay Lawton, product marketing manager with Microchip's Analog and Interface Products Division, said the expansion of Microchip's non-volatile DAC line will enable customers to develop more creative designs, while meeting requirements for small size and low cost.

The MCP4706, MCP4716 and MCP4726 DACs are available in 6-pin SOT-23 and 2 mm x 2 mm DFN packages at prices ranging from $0.51 to $0.69 each, in 10,000-unit quantities.