My goal is to measure the output current of a 4-output voltage regulator (LTM4644) whose maximum current per output is 4A. I use the LTC2975 Power System Manager.
The datasheet of this component provides the following information about the built-in ADC:
I therefore assumed that I have to use the ADC's full-scale voltage to calculate the value of the current sense resistor:
Rsns = 170mV / 4A = 42.5mOhms
Then I found the DC2428A circuit diagram published by Linear Technology and whose application is similar to mine. The circuit diagram makes mention of a 10mOhms sense resistor, which implies:
Vin_adc = 0.01 * 4 = 40mV.
Why did LT engineers choose this specific sense resistor's value? Does it means that the measure will be less precise with a 10mOhms sense resistor than a 40mOhms one?
I have a very little understanding of note 4 and I suppose that's why I don't know why calculations are not based on the full-scale voltage value...
Thank you in advance for your help!