DAQ on a Stick with Semitec RTD Temperature Sensor


This reference design shows the operation of Renesas’ precision products in a temperature sensor application. The application uses Renesas’ data acquisition (DAQ) on a stick reference design that has been modified to work with a Semitec 103AP-2 RTD temperature sensor. The system operates over the temperature range of -60 °C to +150 °C. It has an accuracy of ±1 °C or better.

The reference design is a self-contained demo showing a complete signal chain solution from the Semitec sensor to the signal conditioning components consisting of a Vishay precision resistor and Renesas precision parts, a Renesas RL78/G1C microcontroller and a graphical user interface (GUI). The image to the right shows the DAQ on a stick connected to the external Semitec temperature sensor.

The complete reference design is conveniently housed in a USB stick form factor with plug-in connection for the temperature sensor. This compact design draws power through the USB port and uses a GUI to display the real-time temperature readings from the temperature sensor onto the computer.  

The image below shows a simplified block diagram of the temperature sensor design. The design uses a Semitec 103AP-2 thermistor, a Vishay Precision Group 500Ω ±0.1% precision resistor, Renesas’ ISL28634 instrumentation amplifier (in amp), ISL21090 2.5V precision voltage reference, ISL21010 4.096V precision voltage reference, ISL21010 3.3V precision voltage reference, the ISL26104 24-bit Delta-Sigma converter, ISL22316 digitally controlled potentiometer (DCP), and an R5F10JBC (RL78/G1C) microcontroller.


  • Self-contained demo platform
  • 24-bit ADC with programmable sample rate
  • Zero-drift amplifiers
  • Real-time graphing on a GUI
  • Accuracy of ±1 °C or better for a range of -60 °C to +150 °C

Software and Tools

The installation application includes the following items:

  • GUI software
  • Desktop shortcut for easy access
  • Application note and schematics

RTD Temperature Sensor Reference Design

DAQ on a Stick with Semitec RTD Temperature Sensor


Programmable Instrumentation Amplifier

2.5V Precision Voltage Reference

4.096V Voltage Reference

3.3V Voltage Reference

24-bit Delta-Sigma Converter

Digitally Controlled Potentiometer (DCP)

(RL78/G1C) Microcontroller

User Guide

RKTA-SEMITECRTDEVZ Evaluation Board User’s Manual
PDF 2019年6月27日 430 KB


ISL21010 Datasheet
Micropower Voltage Reference
PDF 2019年4月19日 3.43 MB
ISL21090 Datasheet
Ultra Low Noise, Precision Voltage Reference
PDF 2018年7月19日 1.72 MB
ISL22316 Datasheet
Low Noise, Low Power I2C® Bus, 128 Taps
PDF 2018年7月19日 1017 KB
ISL23328 Datasheet
Dual, 128-Tap, Low Voltage Digitally Controlled Potentiometer (XDCP)
PDF 2018年7月19日 1.17 MB
ISL26102, ISL26104 Datasheet
Low-Noise 24-bit Delta SIgma ADC
PDF 2018年7月19日 1.31 MB
ISL28533, ISL28534, ISL28535, ISL28633, ISL28634, ISL28635 Datasheet
5V, Rail-to-Rail I/O, Zero-Drift, Programmable Gain Instrumentation Amplifiers
PDF 2020年6月5日 2.21 MB
RL78/G1C Data Sheet
PDF 2016年9月20日 1.49 MB

Software installer for the DAQ on a Stick with Semitec RTD Temperature Sensor
EXE 2019年7月13日 15 MB

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