Course detail

A/D and D/A Converters

FEKT-MADPAcad. year: 2017/2018

Preprocessing of analog signal, parallel converters with switched resistor networks and switched current sources, parallel and serial D/A converters, indirect D/A converters, converters with cyclic resistor interchange, comparative A/D converters, compensating A/D converters, integrating A/D converters, A/D converters with automatic correction of conversion characteristic, U/f and f/U converters, D/f converters, digital measurement of time intervals, phase, frequency.

Learning outcomes of the course unit

On completing the course, students will be able to:
- orient themselves in the selection of circuits for signal preprocessing such as electronic switched circuits, analog multiplexers or demultiplexers,
- be familiar with filtering circuits designed for cooperation with A/D and D/A converters,
- be able to design and apply sampling circuits with memory,
- understand the parameters of A/D converters and be able to design solutions to various types of A/D converters,
- understand the parameters of D/A converters and be able to design them and analyse, and
become familiar with solutions also to other types of converters such as U/F or D/F converters.


The basic knowledge of analog and digital circuits is required.


Not applicable.

Recommended optional programme components

Not applicable.

Recommended or required reading

TIEZE U., SCHENK CH.: Electronic Circuits. Design and Applications. Springer, Heidelberg 1996
SHEIGOLD D.H. ed.: Analog Digital Conversion Hadbook. Prentice Hall, London 1998
ANALOG DEVICES: Data Converter - Reference Manual. Norwood 2000
Háze, J. a kol..: Teorie vzájemného převodu analogových a číslicových signálů. Učební text, Brno 2010. (CS)
Vrba, K., Kubánek, D.: A/D a D/A převodníky pro integrovanou výuku VUT a VŠB-TUO

Planned learning activities and teaching methods

Techning methods include lectures, computer laboratories and practical laboratories. Course is taking advantage of e-learning (Moodle) system.

Assesment methods and criteria linked to learning outcomes

In laboratory exercises, students can obtain up to 20 points. The examination proper is a written examination and students can gain for it up to 80 points. The examination focuses on the ability to orient oneself in the design of simple circuits for A/D and D/A converters and the ability to analyse complex integrated structures of A/D and D/A converters.

Language of instruction


Work placements

Not applicable.

Course curriculum

1. Amplifiers with electronic switched amplification
2. Precise analog multiplexers or demultiplexers
3. Filters for A/D and D/A converters
4. Sampling circuits with memory: parameters and circuit solutions
5. D/A converters
5.1 Parameters of D/A converters
5.2 Circuit solutions of D/A converters
6. A/D converters
6.1 Parameters of A/D converters
6.2 Circuit solutions of A/D converters
7. U/F and D/F converters


The aim of the course is to introduce students to the basic principles of A/D and D/A converters, the properties of integrated converters and their possible applications. They should be able to orient themselves in signal pre-processing circuits such as precise switched amplifiers, anti-aliasing filters, and sampling circuits with memory.

Specification of controlled education, way of implementation and compensation for absences

Laboratory lessons and computer exercises are obligatory. Justified absence from laboratory lessons or computer exercises can be made up after prior arrangement with the instructor, usually in the credit week.

Classification of course in study plans

  • Programme AUDIO-P Master's

    branch P-AUD , 1. year of study, summer semester, 6 credits, optional specialized

  • Programme EEKR-M1 Master's

    branch M1-TIT , 1. year of study, summer semester, 6 credits, optional specialized
    branch M1-EST , 1. year of study, summer semester, 6 credits, optional interdisciplinary

  • Programme EEKR-CZV lifelong learning

    branch ET-CZV , 1. year of study, summer semester, 6 credits, optional specialized

Type of course unit



26 hours, optionally

Teacher / Lecturer

Laboratory exercise

39 hours, compulsory

Teacher / Lecturer


eLearning: opened course