An improved dual-slope analog-to-digital converter for measurements made with a pair of resistive or capacitive differential transducers is described. The converter can be contrasted with the conventional method in which the transducers are placed in a bridge, the bridge output is amplified, and the conversion made. In the new converter the transducers are part of the integrator. As a result, conversion of the signal to a time interval takes place at an earlier stage, eliminating the bridge and the amplifier. The method has the same advantages as the dual-slope method and several additional ones. The fractional change in the transducers is obtained as the ratio of the difference and sum of two time periods. As a result, the converter does not need an accurate voltage reference. In addition, errors due to offset in the integrating amplifier are eliminated.
In: Midwest Symposium on Circuits and Systems
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- Analog To Digital Converters;
- Digital Transducers;
- Electric Bridges;
- Switching Circuits;
- Electronics and Electrical Engineering