The ADS1291, ADS1292, and ADS1292R are designed to provide configuration flexibility when multiple devices are used in a system. The serial interface typically needs four signals: DIN, DOUT, SCLK, and CS. With one additional chip select signal per device, multiple devices can be connected together. The number of signals needed to interface n devices is 3 + n.
The right leg drive amplifiers can be daisy-chained as explained in the RLD Configuration with Multiple Devices subsection of the ECG-Specific Functions section. To use the internal oscillator in a daisy-chain configuration, one of the devices must be set as the master for the clock source with the internal oscillator enabled (CLKSEL pin = 1) and the internal oscillator clock brought out of the device by setting the CLK_EN register bit to '1'. This master device clock is used as the external clock source for the other devices.
When using multiple devices, the devices can be synchronized with the START signal. The delay from START to the DRDY signal is fixed for a fixed data rate (see the START subsection of the SPI Interface section for more details on the settling times). Figure 33 shows the behavior of two devices when synchronized with the START signal.