Another type of ADC is parallel ADC. Parallel ADC is called as Flash ADC. Its response is very fast. it converts analog signal into digital signal using parallel set of comparators. As its conversion time is very fast it is called as flash ADC.

n-bit Flash ADC consist of parallel combination of 2^n-1 comparators. Outputs of all comparators are connected to an encoder.

Analog voltage is applied to non inverting terminals of all comparators using a single line. Reference voltage is applied to inverting terminals of comparators using divider circuit.

Each comparator produces digital output in the form of 1 or 0. If unknown analog voltage is greater than reference voltage comparator produces high logic. If analog voltage is less than reference voltage then comparator produces low logic i.e. 0.

Thus all parallel comparator produces digital representation of analog voltage in the form of zero and one. These outputs of comparator are then applied to the fast encoder. Encoder converts those zeros and once into binary number and produces digital binary output.

For example, see below table. When unknown voltage is 5 i.e. lies between 4.375 &5.625 is applied to the flash ADC, first four encoders produces output ‘1’ and last three encoders produces output ‘0’. Encoder converts this ‘1111000’ comparator output into ‘100’ binary number as digital output.

Table shows the outputs of comparators and encoder for a 3 bit flash ADC. The range of operation is given as 0-10V.

 Analog input(V) Comparator Output Encoder Output C1 C2 C3 C4 C5 C6 C7 D2 D1 D0 0.000-0.625 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.625-1.875 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1.875-3.125 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 3.125-4.375 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 4.375-5.625 1 1 1 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 5.625-6.875 1 1 1 1 1 0 0 1 0 1 6.875-8.125 1 1 1 1 1 1 0 1 1 0 8.125-10.000 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1

As the number of bits of ADC increases its resolution increases. But such high bit converter is bulky and expensive.

1. Give briefly

2. How to calculate voltages at nodes of inverting terminals which are connected to divider network.....i.e.reference voltages at each comparators inverting terminals

3. Pls say that what is the reference voltage used in the above tabular column