[volt-nuts] MicroVolt meter

shalimr9 at gmail.com shalimr9 at gmail.com
Wed May 4 15:25:17 UTC 2011

The MSC1210 kits are no longer available.

Silabs has a similar part (8051 CPU with 24 bit ADC), the C8051F350.
They have a complete development kit for $99. You get a lot of stuff for $99.
The kit comes with a crippled Keil compiler (or a link to download it from the Keil web site) but the Silabs IDE supports the SDCC compiler, which is very good and free.

If you want to save as much as possible, you can buy just the C8051F350 development board ($50), a toolstick base adapter ($18 I believe) and a toolstick programming adapter or debug adapter ($10), and download the IDE from the Silabs web site.

The programming adapters are common to the entire range of Silabs parts.

I have a wiki page on the Silabs parts and tools:

Scroll down to Micro Controllers

There are many other CPU+24b ADC parts, but these are those I know.

Didier KO4BB

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-----Original Message-----
From: "Dave M" <dgminala at mediacombb.net>
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Subject: Re: [volt-nuts] MicroVolt meter

> From: shalimr9 at gmail.com
> Subject: Re: [volt-nuts] MicroVolt meter
> There are 24 bits ADCs available. One I have used is the MSC1210 from
> TI. It is actually an ADC with an 8051 processor integrated (with
> Flash and RAM). There are many more. You can probably buy a cheap
> development kit. I paid $50 for mine.
> Didier KO4BB
> Q
> Sent from my BlackBerry Wireless thingy while I do other things...
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Fred Schneider <pa4tim at gmail.com>
> Subject: [volt-nuts] MicroVolt meter
> Am I a dreamer if I think there must be a way to build a digital or
> analogue meter that has a resolution of 0,1 uVDC and a max input of 2
> V in that range, and 1 uV at a 20 V range.
> Used bench meters with that resolution are scares and new ones made
> of plain gold.
> I was thinking of using a modern chopper opamp. LTC1051 with LT1007.
> Or a TL7652.
> Maybe two that split up the voltage and then to two ADC's. Wilkinson
> version ? The result to an Arduino for the readout and combining of
> the most and least significant digits.
> But I'm an RF head, i can make 1GHz oscillators, but digital stuff is
> rather new for me ( I can program a little in C).
> Other idea
> A 845AB meter can reach 1 uV full scale, but that is nice as null
> detector. You can not measure the voltage of a 1 V calibrator direct.
> There should be a way to use that thechnique. For instance make
> something for that meter, a sort attenuator or divider or subtractor
> and let it switch automatic through it ranges. The 845 stays in 1 uV
> range but the Attenuator switches from the 10 V to 1 uV range. The
> measurements from the recorder output to a uProcessor that combines
> all the results. So in the 10 V range it measures 3.53V, we keep the
> 3.  in the 1 V ranges it sees 0,534V. We keep the 5, in the 1 mV
> range it sees 0,0346, we keep the 3 ect upto 0.1 uV.
> A sort of sample and hold that we use in a later stage to subtract
> from the next input.
> Fred PA4TIM

The 24-bit ADC is a good idea.  I was investigating the MSC1210 a couple of 
years ago when I ran into medical problems, and just never got back to it.
I did a quick search for the eval kit but couldn't find any available.  Does 
anyone know of a source (reasonably priced, of course)?

dgminala at mediacombb dot net

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