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Function Generator using ICL8038


  • Frequency range – 0.95 Hz to 105 KHz in five decade ranges
  • Waveforms – Sine, Triangular and Square.
  • Output amplitude – Adjustable from 10 mV PP. to 10 V PP
  • Output impedance – 50 ohms.

Function Generator using ICL8038


  • ICL8038 waveform generator ICL8038
  • LM318 Operational Amplifier LM318



Digital to Analog with R2R Ladder Network

This is a R-2R Digital to Analog Converter, It converts a byte (8 bit) to a analog value. It has 256 levels including zero.

This can be used to convert a byte sent from a microcontroller to a analog value like say 1.51 V. At full scale, when all 8 bits are high calibrate to give 2.55 V then ever bit increment is 0.01V, 10mV steps.

Digital to Analog with R2R Ladder Network

If the eight bits inputs are from a counter you then will see a staircase waveform at output, each step being 10mV higher or lower depending on whether the counter is counting up or down.

The accuracy of the analog output depends on the resistor ladder. The OP07 has an offset error of about 70uV only. The 74HCT373 power is derived from LM336 a stable reference so that the D-A is accurate. The 8 bit data can be latched with the 74HCT373 to get a stable analog value for control systems.