A 16-bit digital-to-analog converter (DAC) with a buffered output, the DAC161S055 suits a range of applications including industrial I/O modules and data acquisition systems, automated test equipment, and medical devices. Specifications include ±1 LSB INL (max) and ±1LSB DNL (max) with a buffered-output settling time of 5µs. The device includes an asynchronous load feature allowing multiple DACs to provide synchronous outputs and a daisy chain capability that enables multiple DACs to link in series to a single SPI. Other features include a selectable power up to either 0V or midscale. Available in a 16-pin LLP, price is $3.55 each/1,000. NATIONAL SEMICONDUCTOR CORP., Santa Clara, CA. (800) 272-9959.