Ultrasonic distance sensor with IO-Link reference design

16th October 2018
Alex Lynn


This reference design from Texas Instruments features an ultrasonic distance sensor that fits in a M12 housing due to its high integration and an optimised layout. The design offers an IO-Link interface to communicate with the system control, which makes it industry 4.0 ready. 

The purpose of ultrasonic sensors is to detect or measure distances of an object independently from their colour, transparency, or surface characteristics and from the surrounding environment. Ultrasonic sensors are able to function in harsh environments such as factories and process plants.


  • Small form factor: M12.
  • IO-link interface.
  • Distance range of 10 to 30cm (300kHz), 30cm to 5m (58kHz).
  • Resolution: ~1mm (300kHz), ~1cm (58kHz).
  • Non-contact detection and measurement.

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