# Convert and shift voltage from DAC using opamp

I have a signal coming out of a basic DAC (resistor and capacitor) as follows:

1.4V min 4.8V max ~2.8V pp

I have a bipolar supply that is -12V - 0 - +12V

What is the best way to shift this signal to +-5V (10V pp)

As I understand this can be done with a single non-inverting opamp. However being a real electronics newbie I have no idea where to start figuring this out.

Alternately maybe it would be easier (and more beneficial in terms of learning) to shift the signal to ground (-1.4V - +1.4V) and then amplify.

Not looking for an exact answer would just like to be pointed in the right direction. As in what type of non inverting opamp circuit is used to shift the voltage?

Not looking for an exact answer would just like to be pointed in the right direction.

If it's an analogue signal that naturally settles at 3.1 volts DC when there is no signal present AND the low frequency components (as in audio below 20 Hz) are unimportant then use a simlpe RC high pass filter to remove the 3.1 volts thus leaving you with 2.8 volts p-p centred at 0 volts. Amplify-up and you're done.

If the 3.1 volt DC level is important then use a couple of resistors to re-centre the signal about 0 volts. One resistor in series with the orignal signal meeting another resistor biasing the output from the - 12 volt rail. The easiest way to implement this is with a potentiometer if you are not up-to the fairly straightforward math (or use a sim tool). Amplify-up to finish.

what type of non inverting opamp circuit is used to shift the voltage?

Pretty much the standard type with a feedback resistor and resistor to 0 volts. Don't forget 100 nF op-amp power supply rail decouplers.

• Thank you, that put me on the right track. Used a buffered voltage divider and then a simple opamp amplifier and it worked nicely! Mar 11, 2017 at 15:48
• INPUT = 1.4V min 4.8V max ~2.8V pp
• OUTPUT = +/- 5V (10V pp)