SBOS956 December 2018 INA240-SEP
Unidirectional operation allows current measurements through a resistive shunt in one direction. For unidirectional operation, connect the device reference pins together and then to the negative rail (see the Ground Referenced Output section) or the positive rail (see the VS Referenced Output section). The required differential input polarity depends on the output voltage setting. The amplifier output moves away from the referenced rail proportional to the current passing through the external shunt resistor. If the amplifier reference pins are connected to the positive rail, then the input polarity must be negative to move the amplifier output down (towards ground). If the amplifier reference pins are connected at ground, then the input polarity must be positive to move the amplifier output up (towards supply).
The following sections describe how to configure the output for unidirectional operation cases.