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Maxim fleshes out Petaluma with complete system information

Posted: 30 Apr 2014  Print Version  Bookmark and Share

Keywords:Maxim  Petaluma  reference design 

Maxim Integrated has released a detailed description of its Petaluma 8-channel simultaneous-sampling analogue front end. The MAXREFDES30# reference design board supports three-phase power monitoring applications.

Three-phase power measurement applications require multiple analogue inputs for voltage and current measurements on each line of the three-phase system. A power monitoring system must sample all of the analogue inputs simultaneously to accurately calculate the instantaneous power consumption.

The Petaluma provides eight high-speed, 250 ksamples/sec, 16bit simultaneous-sampling analogue input channels that accept ±10V input signals.

Petaluma block diagram

The Petaluma design uses two quadruple ultra-precision, ultra-low-noise input buffers (MAX44252); an 8-channel, 16bit simultaneous-sampling ADC (MAX11046B); an ultra-high precision 4.096V voltage reference (MAX6126); and regulated +10V, -10V, and +5V power rails (MAX1659, MAX765/LM337, MAX8881). In addition to three-phase power measurement applications, this sub-system also performs well in any application that requires multiple simultaneous sampling of analogue inputs, such as multi-phase motor control and industrial vibration sensing.

The MAX44252 devices (U1 and U2) are quadruple ultra-precision, low-noise op amps. The op amps attenuate and buffer the ±10V input signals to match the input range of the ADC (MAX11046). The MAX44252 devices are set up in the inverting configuration, so the polarity of the signal is reversed at the input of the ADC. The MAX11046 (U3) is a low-cost, 8-channel, 250 ksamples/sec, 16bit, single-supply, bipolar, simultaneous-sampling ADC.

Although the MAX11046 ADC has an internal 4.096V voltage reference, Petaluma uses an external MAX6126 (U4) voltage reference to provide the highest possible accuracy. The MAX6126 has an initial accuracy of 0.02 per cent and a 3ppm/°C maximum temperature coefficient. Petaluma connects to FMC-compatible field-programmable gate array (FPGA)/microcontroller development boards.

Engineers may download the documents from the company's website.

- Graham Prophet
  EE Times Europe





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