I'm getting some pretty noisy data from a 12-bit I²C ADC (MAX11617 to be precise). Though it's most likely some very sub-optimal board layout that's introducing a lot of noise to the analog signal, I'd like to rule out a one particular thing first.
When I write software for a µC there's usually some bit in some ADC control register that indicates, that the ADC is done sampling, so it's safe to go on and read the data. In this particular case, it's a TI sitara processor running Linux so the readout is done over the I²C bus by just grabbing the data off of /dev/i2c-* like so:
Since I have very limited control over the I²C bus in this case, is it possible that I'm requesting data while the ADC is still sampling? The datasheet only says
Once all conversions are complete, the MAX11617 release SCL, allowing it to be pulled high. The master can now clock the results out of the memory in the same order the scan conversion has been done at a clock rate of up to 1.7MHz.
Can I safely assume that the Linux I²C driver is taking care of this?
(I wasn't sure whether electronics.stackexchange.com or stackoverflow.com was the proper place for this question so please excuse me if I'm off-topic here.)
Any input or pointer are greatly appreciated!