Other Parts Discussed in Thread: FDC1004
We are working on a capacitive sensing application that has 8 separate capacitive inputs. We are using the 4-channel FDC2214 to sense these elements.
PCB space is very tight in this design. Because space is at a premium, we are considering putting a quad 2:1 analog mux (TMUX1574RSVR) in front of the FDC2214 to allow us to sequentially monitor 8 channels with the 4-input FDC2214. This mux idea saves chip area (one FDC2214 rather than two) but more importantly reduces the total number of very large 18uH inductors from 8 to 4.
Section 10.3 of the FDC2214 data sheet explicitly warns us not to hot-swap sensors in front of the FDC2214. However, Ti's response to this e2e query from three years ago:
Leads us to believe that the 2:1 muxing in front of each FDC input may be acceptable if we maintain the connection from sensor to FDC input solidly in place during the time the FDC is sampling that channel. Switching the mux to bring in the next four channels would take place between the active sampling intervals. [Not quite sure exactly how we do this but - one thing at a time.]
Does this idea seem feasible if we switch the muxes only during non-sampling times?