AD7172-2 Use Case and Configuration



at first few information about what we intend to do. We want to measure a small current from a Biochemical Cell and convert it to a voltage with a low bias current TIA Stage. Based on the measured Gas (i.e. a reducing Gas Sensor) the TIA output is a positive or negative voltage from -2V5 to 2V5 volt. In order that we can use a single ADC (AD7271-2) we try to use the mentioned one with its inputs configured as pseudo-differential inputs referenced to AIN4 (currently AIN1 with the DevKit) (AGND).

we have the following hardware setup an want to make sure everything is

working correct:

We are useing the EVAL-AD717x-2SDZ (Rev-E) Evaluation Kit with a AD7172-2.

We changed the supply configuration to split supply (unregulated) by doing

the following:

1. Remove R58 to R62

2. Insert R85 for +/-2.5V Operation

3. Set SL2 to B for ext AVDD1

4. Set SL3 to B for ext AVSS

5. Set SL5 to A for ext IOVDD

6. Remove LK 8 to 12

7. Set LK1 to B for for 2.5V AVDD1

8. Set LK2 to B for ext. power supply from J5


Then we connect the power supplies as follwing:

AVSS = -2.5V


AVDD = 2.5V

IOVDD = 3.3V


And the input as follows:

AIN0 = variable Voltage from -2.5 to 2.5



Finally we configure the AD7172-2 per software:

Setup register: 0x1000 //Bipolar coded output (offset binary)

Channel0 register: 0x8001 // Channel 0 enable; AINNEG0 = AIN1; AINPOS =


Filter register: 0x0015 // output data rate: 2.5 SPS

ADC mode: 0x0000


We notice the following result:

Setting input voltage on AIN0 to -2.5V gives -1.25V as output

Setting input voltage on AIN0 to 0V gives 0.0V as output

Setting input voltage on AIN0 to +2.5V gives +1.25V as output


For us this makes sense because we use differential mode and  0 + 2,5 / 2 = 1,25, right?


At last we' like to know if this is a working way to get the input offset from a ADC input:

We will use the ADG1419 SPST switch to disconnect the input trace as close as possible from the source and instead connect this with AGND?





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    •  Analog Employees 
    on Oct 5, 2017 2:38 AM

    Hi Dirk,

       We are checking on this and et back to you soon.



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    •  Analog Employees 
    on Oct 9, 2017 10:38 PM


    If your input at AIN0 = 2.5V and AIN1=GND, the output should be the positive full scale or 2.5V same with AIN0= -2.5V, the output should be the negative full scale or -2.5V. When you probe your reference inputs, does it give you 5V? When you probe your AIN0 and AIN1 does it give you your expected analog inputs? Have you connected the GNDs of your TIA and the evaluation board. If you could send me the schematic of your setup it would be great.

    Regarding the noise test, it is usually performed by applying an external short to the inputs with a bias voltage (usually mid supply) so that the inputs are at an appropriate voltage for noise test. Since, you are operating at dual supply, the midsupply is around GND so I think its okay to connect the inputs to GND or shorted them together to GND.



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    •  Analog Employees 
    on Aug 2, 2018 3:57 PM
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