SBAS894A April 2018 – October 2018 ADS112C04
At gains of 1, 2, and 4, the device can be configured to disable and bypass the low-noise PGA by setting the PGA_BYPASS bit in the configuration register. Disabling the PGA lowers the overall power consumption and also removes the restrictions of Equation 6 and Equation 7 for the absolute input voltage range. The usable absolute input voltage range is (AVSS – 0.1 V ≤ VAINP, VAINN ≤ AVDD + 0.1 V) when the PGA is disabled.
In order to measure single-ended signals that are referenced to AVSS (AINP = VIN, AINN = AVSS), the PGA must be bypassed. Configure the device for single-ended measurements by either connecting one of the analog inputs to AVSS externally or by using the internal AVSS connection of the multiplexer (MUX[3:0] settings 1000 through 1011). When configuring the internal multiplexer for settings where AINN = AVSS (MUX[3:0] = 1000 through 1011), the PGA is automatically bypassed and disabled irrespective of the PGA_BYPASS setting and gain is limited to 1, 2, and 4. In case gain is set to greater than 4, the device limits gain to 4.
When the PGA is disabled, the device uses a buffered switched-capacitor stage to obtain gains 1, 2, and 4. An internal buffer in front of the switched-capacitor stage ensures that the effect on the input loading resulting from the capacitor charging and discharging is minimal. See the Electrical Characteristics section for the typical values of absolute input currents (current flowing into or out of each input) and differential input currents (difference in absolute current between the positive and negative input) when the PGA is disabled.
For signal sources with high output impedance, external buffering may still be necessary. Active buffers can introduce noise as well as offset and gain errors. Consider all of these factors in high-accuracy applications.