Each data period consists of time required for the modulator to sample the analog inputs. However, there is additional time required before the samples become an ADC conversion result. First, there is a programmable conversion delay (described in the Programmable Conversion Delay section) that is added before the conversion starts. This delay allows for additional settling time for input filtering on the analog inputs and for the antialiasing filter after the PGA. The default programmable conversion delay is 14 · tMOD. Also, overhead time is needed to convert the modulator samples into an ADC conversion result. This overhead time includes any necessary offset or gain compensation after the digital filter accumulates a data result.
The first conversion when the device is in continuous conversion mode (just as in single-shot conversion mode) includes the programmable conversion delay, the modulator sampling time, and the overhead time. The second and subsequent conversions are the normal data period (period as given by the inverse of the data rate).
Figure 72 shows the time sequence for the ADC in both continuous conversion and single-shot conversion modes. The sequence is the same regardless of the filter setting. However, when the low-latency filter settles for each data, the sinc3 filter does not settle until the third data.