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12-Bit 8-Input A/D Converter and Counter/Timer Card


  • Eight single-ended analog inputs
  • 12-bit resolution
  • Up to 40,000 conversions/second
  • Programmable scan rate
  • Can be used with AIM-16 to support up to 128 differential inputs with programmable gains
  • On-board counter/timer for event counting, pulse and waveform generation, and frequency measurement.
  • Sixteen bits of digital I/O
  • Buffered precision reference voltage output

Model AD12-8 is an 8-channel, 12-bit Analog-to-Digital converter (A/D) and counter/timer card for ISA-bus computers. The card is 7.0" long (178mm)and requires a full-size expansion slot. All connections are made through a standard 37-pin male connector. Address setup is via DIP switches on the card.


The AD12-8 contains two control registers for controlling up to eight 16-input multiplexer expanders model AIM-16. This provides capability for up to 128 differential inputs and different gains for each channel of those multiplexers. Thus, you can mix widely different full-scale inputs on a channel-by-channel basis.

For for applications where negligible time skew between channel samples is desired, AD12-8 can be used in conjunction with Simultaneous Sample and Hold Card models SSH-xx. Further, if aliasing of the analog input signals is a consideration, then AD12-8-S03 can be used with Anti-Alias Filter Card model AAF-xx.


Inputs to the A/D are single-ended with common ground and can withstand ±30 VDC overload and transients of several hundred volts. The A/D is a successive- approximation type converter with solid-state input analog multiplexer and sample and hold amplifier. Full scale inputs of ±10 Volts, 0-10 Volts, and ±5 Volts are jumper selectable and provide resolution of 4.88mV and 2.44mV respectively. A/D conversion time is typically 25 microseconds.


An 8254 counter/timer chip that contains three 16-bit counters is included. By means of a jumper, you can set up the card to automatically start upon completion of a counter cycle. Data from the previous conversion is stored in dedicated registers to be read by the computer while the conversion cycle is in progress. Counters #1 and #2 are concatenated to 32 bits for this purpose and the clock input is derived from a 1/32 multiple of the computer's 14.31818 MHz color oscillator. In this way, programs are independent of the computer's CPU or I/O bus clock frequencies and programs can be transported to other computers without possibility of timing problems that could be caused by those frequencies.


AD12-8 can initiate interrupts at IRQ levels 2 through 7. These interrupts can be initiated either by the A/D converter's EOC signal at the end of each conversion or from an external source via Pin 24 of the I/O connector. Selection of the interrupt source is by jumper placement and interrupts are enabled/disabled in software. Interrupt requests are reset by writing to either of two control registers or by occurrence of a computer Reset signal. That latter removes any interrupt request that may occur at system power up.


The AD12-8 also provides sixteen bits of individually jumper-programmable digital I/O. (Note: If external AIM-16 expansion multiplexers are to be used with the AD12-8, seven of these lines are used for channel selection and gain control. Otherwise, they may be used as digital outputs.) When set as an output, power drivers provide 24 mA sink and 2.6 mA source capability.


Model AD12-8 also provides a precision 10 VDC (±0.1 VDC) reference voltage output which is derived from the A/D converter reference and may be used to provide sensor excitation when required. This reference voltage output is buffered and will source up to 220 mA. (Sufficient, for example, for exciting a number of strain gages.)


Analog Inputs

  • No. of Channels: Eight single-ended inputs w/common ground.
  • Voltage Range: Jumper selectable ±10 VDC, ±5 VDC, or 0-10 VDC.
  • Overvoltage Protection: ±30 VDC.
  • Input Impedance: 10 Megohm or 125 nA at 25°C.
  • Accuracy: ±0.02% of reading ±1 LSB.
  • Linearity: ±1 LSB.
  • Resolution: 12 bit binary.
  • Temperature Coefficient: ±10 µV per °C zero stability. ±25 µV per °C gain stability.
  • Common Mode Rejection: (When used with AIM-16) 90 db when gain = 1; 125 db when gain = 100
  • A/D Trigger Source: Program command, programmable timer, or external trigger.
  • Throughput: 40,000 conversions/second max.

Digital Inputs/Outputs

  • Logic Low: 0 to 0.4V at 8 mA sink.
  • Logic High: 2.4 to 5.0V at 0.4 mA source.
Outputs (DIO 0 thru DIO 7)
  • Logic Low: 0 to 0.4V at 24 mA sink.
  • Logic High: 2.8 to 5.0V at 2.6 mA source.
Outputs (GN0 thru GN2 and OP0 thru OP4)
  • Logic Low: 0 to 0.4V at 8 mA sink.
  • Logic High: 2.4 to 5.0V at 0.4 mA source.

Reference Voltage Output

10.0 VDC ±0.10 VDC at up to 220 mA.

Counter Timer

  • Type: 8254 programmable interval timer, three 16-bit counters.
  • Drive Capability: 5 LSTTL loads (2.2 mA at 0.45 VDC).
  • Input Load (Gate and Clock): ±10 µA, TTL/CMOS compatible.
  • Input Clock Frequency:10 MHz max.
  • Active Count Edge:Negative edge.
  • Clock Pulse Width: 50 nSec high / 50 nSec low, min.


  • Level: Jumper selectable, levels 2-7.
  • Enable/Disable: Via software.
  • Source: End of conversion or user application.


  • Operating Temperature Range: 0° to 60°C.
  • Storage Temperature Range: _40° to 100°C.
  • Humidity: 0 to 90% RH, non-condensing.

Power Required

  • 5 VDC at 390 mA.
  • 12 VDC at l0 mA.
  • -12 VDC at l0 mA.


  • 9.0 inches long (178mm)

Regulatory Compliance

  • This product is in full compliance with CE requirements.
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