ACK in Read Mode

This is a somewhat puzzling question. Indeed this is a bit strange. Usually, if you have read the last byte in a chip and generate an ACK, the chip should do nothing anymore, so the bus should be clear for you to create a STOP condition. Apparently, there are some chips that start transmitting data again. One such chip is the PCF 8574 I/O expander.

Though not always desirable, this feature can come in handy. If you need to sample incoming data fast, then you just continue reading from the chip. This prevents that you lose 'arbitration' of the bus in a multi-master environment.

It also speeds things up. You don't have to address the chip over and over again so you save the time for START, Address, ACK and STOP stage for every next byte read. This can lead to a more than doubled transfer rate.

© Vincent Himpe 2016