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ADS1298: Internal generation of ECG Leads I and II

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Part Number: ADS1298

We are using the ADS1298 with 8 differential inputs, the primary use is for EEG measurements. However, one of the requirements is that our design shall be configurable to measure the standard ECG signals as well, i.e. Lead I, II and III and the Wilson connection. This requires the MUX of the device to be able to internally route the inputs from one channel to the INA of another channel. Specifically, the RA signal should be available on the negative input of two INAs to be able to generate LA - RA and LL - RA directly. An example of this is presented in the following training video;

"How to measure ECG - ADS129x product family
https://training.ti.com/how-measure-ecg-ads129x-product-family?cu=1128637

In this video (about 1.04 into the video) there is a figure showing 12-lead ECG with ADS1298. It shows that the RA electrode is internally configured to be routed to INA's of two different channels, to generate Lead I and Lead II (LA - RA and LL - RA, respectively).

However, I am not able to find out from the ADS1298 data sheet how to configure this routing internally. In section 9.3.1.3 Input Multiplexer (p. 27) or 9.6.1.6 CHnSET: Individual Channel Settings (p. 71) there seems to be no sign of this functionality.

So my question is whether it is actually possible to internally configure inputs from one channel to be connected to the INA of another, and if so, how is it done?

Interestingly, I see in the data sheet for another device in this family, the ADS1293, that it is described how to easily do this (p. 63-64).

Thanks for your help!

  • Hi Stein,

    Thank you for your post and welcome to our forum!

    The ADS1298 actually does not allow you to reroute input signals to different channels as suggested by the figure in the presentation. Initially, the block diagram was used to illustrate the signal chain for 12-lead ECG applications. The dotted line suggests how much of the signal chain is integrated in our device. In practice, RA must be externally shared amongst multiple channels to derive Lead I and Lead II. An example of this is shown in our ADS1298ECGFE-PDK User Guide:

    On the other hand, the ADS1293 does allow you to route any input signal to any channel. This is the benefit of the Flexible Channel Routing registers (01h to 03h). 

    Thank you for pointing this out!

    Best regards,


    Ryan Andrews

    Applications Engineer | Precision ADCs 

    Are you working on a bio-potential application? Check out these helpful resources: ADS129x FAQ | ECG Online Training

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