Digital System Performance Enhancement of a Tent Map-Based ADC for Monitoring Photovoltaic Systems

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Efficient photovoltaic installations require control systems that detect small signal variations over large measurement ranges. High measurement accuracy requires data acquisition systems with high-resolution analogue-to-digital converters; however, high resolutions and operational speeds generally increase costs. Research has proven low-cost prototyping of non-linear chaotic Tent Map-based analogue-to-digital converters (which fold and amplify the input signal, emphasizing small signal variations) is feasible, but inherent non-ideal Tent Map gains reduce the output accuracy and restrict adoption within data acquisition systems. This paper demonstrates a novel compensation algorithm, developed as a digital electronic system, for non-ideal Tent Map gain, enabling high accuracy estimation of the analogue-to-digital converter analogue input signal. Approximation of the gain difference compensation values (reducing digital hardware requirements, enabling efficient real-time compensation), were also investigated via simulation. The algorithm improved the effective resolution of a 16, 20 and 24 Tent Map-stage analogue-to-digital converter model from an average of 5 to 15.5, 19.2, and 23 bits, respectively, over the Tent Map gain range of 1.9 to 1.99. The simulated digital compensation system for a seven Tent Map-stage analogue-to-digital converter enhanced the accuracy from 4 to 7 bits, confirming real-time compensation for non-ideal gain in Tent Map-based analogue-to-digital converters was achievable.
Original languageEnglish
Article number1554
Number of pages20
JournalElectronics (Switzerland)
Issue number9
Publication statusPublished - 22 Sep 2020


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