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SubjectRe: [PATCH 0/2] iio: ti_am335x_adc: Add optional DT properties for tscadc
> Hi Hannes,
Hi Vignesh,
thanks for answer.

> >>
> >> would it be possible to add some more channel-specific settings ?
> >>
> >> It would be nice to have allmost full control to the STEPCONFIGx
> > register.
> >>
> >> At least we need to write the bits
> >>
> >> SEL_RFM_SWC_1_0
> >> SEL_INM_SWC_3_0
> >> SEL_RFP_SWC_2_0
> >>
> >> In the current mainline version only (SEL_INP_SWC_3_0) is written.
> >> So for the other bits "0" is value is used, for my point of view this
> > not correct.
> >>
> >> For example if we want to read a value from AIN5 the negative pin
> > adc is
> >> muxed allways to AIN0.
> Sorry... I didn't understand what you meant by"AIN5 is muxed always with
> AIN0"?
Have a look to the TRM (spruh73k.pdf) Page 1740 / Figure 12-2. Functional
Block Diagram.
There you can see that the ADC-cell which has two inputs, one positive and
one negative.
Also there are two reference inputs, one positive - one negative.

All this "pins" are muxed, because only one channel per time can be
This muxes are controlled through the STEPCONFIGx registers.

If you want for example take some measurement from AIN5 the driver muxes
the positive input from the ADC to AIN5 by setting the bits for
SEL_INP<3:0> - this is ok.
But the bits for SEL_INM<3:0> are still 'zero'.
In summary this results in following mux-setting (regarding page 1771 in

positive-reference muxed to VDDA
negative-reference muxed to VSSA
positive-input muxed to AIN5
negative-input muxed to AIN0

From this setup we run into 2 problems:
- the negative input terminal is muxed maybe to wrong potential
In much cases we have a single-ended signal so this setup looks good at
first, because the "Diff_CNTRL" bit is also false.
In fact there is an influence to the reading if the negative
input-terminal isn't setup correctly (to VSSA or REFN).
Maybe i interpret the "Diff_CNTRL" not correctly, there is no detailed
description within the TRM - maybe some of your workmates can explain you
the functionality of this bit.

- reference is allways taken from VDDA/VSSA
For a precision measurement you dont't use in normal case the
This rail brings noise, drift - all things whicht we don't need for
accurate measurement.

> >> In fact i can readout heavy jitter even if AIN5 is connected to
ground -
> > after
> >> setting up negative adc pin within code (to use REFN) the readout
> > is 0
> >> as expected without nameable jitter.
> >> If i short AIN0 also to ground, jitter is also eliminated.
> Hmmm... nobody has reported such behavior before. ADC support for
> am335x-evm/beaglebone has been there for quite long time, but nobody
> reported any jitter on AIN5 line. I think this may be specific to
> your setup. Can you provide more info with regard to your setup?
> Which kernel? Is it am335x-evm or beaglebone or a custom board?
Maybe nobody does some precision measurement with beaglebone.
For operating some touchscreen or readout a potentiometer for evaluation
purpose it is still good enough.

Kernel is current mainline, 4.0
Board is some custom board of my company.
But all this parameters shouldn't have some influence to the case.

> >>
> >> Maybe this is also some fault of TI SoC ... in normal case somebody
> > could
> >> expect, that negative adc pin is equal even the Diff_CNTRL bit isn't
> > - but
> >> in practice it isn't.
> >>
> >> Also actually it isn't possible to make some accurate measurement due
> > the
> >> fact that allways VDDA_ADC is used as positive reference.
> >>
> >> So it would be nice to have control around this bits.
> >> Whats your opinion around that?
> Sorry, I am not yet clear on your bug/use-case.
> Please comment inline while replying on mailing list
okay so ?

> Regards
> Vignesh
best regards,

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