I need to alternately sample 64 channels at 20Ms/s. That's 50ns per channel. I used to have a slower version at 2Ms/s and there i used 1 ADC and a series of analog muxes. This time around, at ten times the speed, it seems I run into a limit as to how fast analog muxes tend to be able to switch. I've been searching for fast switching muxes for days now and can't find any. Maybe i'm looking in the wrong places (google, farnell, digi,..???)...please tell me if I am. I had this idea though. Switchers are plenty fast (a couple ns). Would it be possible to have a lot of switchers with only one of the parallel switchers turned on and have them connected to a summation amplifier so only the one signal would be summed and a sort of analog mux is obtained?

  • \$\begingroup\$ What do you mean by "slow"? do you mean the signal propagation time? Do you mean the signal bandwidth? or do you mean the turn on time of the mux? All of these are possible reasons for a slow response, but I suspect you mean turn on time. \$\endgroup\$ – placeholder Mar 14 '13 at 15:35
  • \$\begingroup\$ I mean the time it takes to switch from one line to the next and the time those signals can be sampled by the adc. At 20 ms/s i only have 50 ns from one sample instance to the next. \$\endgroup\$ – user20191 Mar 15 '13 at 13:48

Just some guesses since you haven't given us enough information:

Analog MUXes are usually just FETs; you can create your own MUXes by selecting FETs with fast switching characteristics and matching by hand, or by using arrays of FETs which are generally very well matched already. Since you haven't given us the MUX you're using or provided a schematic I can't really suggest anything specific. You also haven't given us the source signal range so we can't even verify that your MUX selection is appropriate or offer suggestions.

The time it takes for the ADC s/h circuit to charge to the new signal level is a function of the source impedance. If your sources are relatively high impedance it is going to take longer to sample, and since you're rapidly switching between inputs you want the source impedance to be as low as is reasonable (and s/h capacitor to be small and have a low impedance as well.) You can help the former by using fast op-amps configured for unity-gain (voltage followers) feeding the MUX, and you may need another one after the MUX depending on the specific characteristics of the MUX. Unfortunately you haven't given us the ADC you're using so we can't help you by verifying or commenting on the appropriateness of it or offering specific suggestions for speeding your sampling system up.

You may want to edit your question, include the missing information I mentioned here, adding a (readable!) schematic and following all the general guidelines you see mentioned here time and again on writing good questions. Without this, we can only offer general suggestions.

  • \$\begingroup\$ I am reading a 64*64 pressure sensitive matrix. The columns are connected to current to voltage converters so the circuitry feeding the switching electronics that hook up one of the 64 lines to the ADC should be adequately fast and low impedance. I can also add ADC's. I can basicly put opamps anywhere as need implies and i can pick one or more ADC's. Currently i have a AD9200 20MS/s 10 bit adc and was gonna work with that but because i can buffer the signal where i please i don't think the choice of ADC would matter much \$\endgroup\$ – user20191 Mar 14 '13 at 16:43

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