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I'm trying to use an AD7705 with a 87LPC768 microcontroler with the signals DIN
and DOUT wired together and pulled-up to 5V with a 10k resistor and I can't
make it work even if it is the same schematic I found in your datasheet. Can
you help me ?? Is there anything special to do ??


It is possible that the digital interface is getting out of sync, when using
the  digital interface of the AD7705, it is critical that
you provide the correct number of clock cycles when reading from or writing to
the control registers. If you provide one extra clock cycle and then write to
the part, you will put the part into an unexpected state. Similarly if you are
reading from a 24bit register and you only provide 20 clock cycles, the
interface will be out of synchronization.

One possible cause is spurious clocks on the SCLK line. The interface expects
the first bit of any write to be a zero. If the first bit is a one,
it will ignore all writes until it sees a zero. If after performing a read, you
leave DIN low, any spurious clocks on the SCLK line will clock a bit
into the comms register. The next time you write eight bits to the comms
register, onty the first seven bits will be loaded and the eigth bit will be
interpreted as the first bit of a subsequent write. You can avoid this problem
by pulling DIN high after each write.

If you are using the /CS line as a Frame Sync, check that this line is brought
high at the correct time. Check  that you have allowed the correct number of
clock pulses to occur before /CS is brough high. You can reset the digital
interface at any time by writing 32 logic 1s to the comms register.

As some microprocessors share a single DATA OUT and DATA IN lines as in your
application, a single10K pull-up resistor is used on this single data line. In
this case if the interface gets lost, because the read and write operations
share the same line, the procedure to reset it back to a known state are
somewhat different than previously described. It requires a read operation of
24 serial clocks followed by a write operation where a logic 1 is written for
at least 32 serial clock cycles to ensure the serial interface is back to a
known state.