I am looking at the data sheet for the AD7797 and there is something not obvious (at least to me) about the Channel Select Bits CON2, CON1 and CON0.
Legitimate choices include:
CH2 CH1 CH0 Channel
0 0 0 AIN(+) - AIN(-)
0 1 1 AIN(-) - AIN(-)
1 1 0 Temp Sensor
0 0 0 AVDD Monitor
I imagine I understand what happens when you select AIN(+) - AIN(-). This must mean the differential input channel. But what they heck does Analog Devices mean with AIN(-) - AIN(-)? Is this simply a way of shorting out the input channel under software control? If so why the hell don't they say so in the data sheet?
I see that the selection does make a difference, I have the AD7797 eval board and the waveform is different with the two selections (still using the default configuration with AVDD/2 applied to both AIN(+) and AIN(-). The AIN(+) - AIN(-) selection is offset a bit from zero and the AIN(-) - AIN(-) selection is balanced around zero.
There is absolutely nothing in the data sheet that mentions what this means that I can find. I looked in the AD7799 data sheet which has 3 input pairs and it also contains the same single selection for AIN(-) - AIN(-).
I hate mysteries, can anybody explain what this setting does and what I might want to use it for?
Question was already answered. You would think that a function that has been present in multiple chips and data sheets for years could get a one sentence note of explanation.
Thank you for your feedback, I will let the product owner know about this. We'll probably include this on the next update.