Rugged micropower magnetic sensor ICs maximise battery life

Posted By : Anna Flockett
Rugged micropower magnetic sensor ICs maximise battery life

Allegro MicroSystems has announced the release of a family of Micropower Hall-effect switch ICs- the APS11700 and APS11760, designed specifically for battery powered applications in harsh industrial and automotive environments. Automatic power management enables average supply current as low as 6µA while operating directly from a vehicle battery or other unregulated supply.

The power management happens in the background and is transparent to the host system, making them a drop-in upgrade for existing Hall-effect switches or a solid-state replacement for mechanical microswitches or reed switches. 

"Thanks to the APS11700/760’s combination of ruggedness and ultra-low power, there is finally a reliable, solid-state upgrade for reed and microswitches, even in the most power-sensitive applications where the sensor will be connected directly to the battery," explained Jim Judkins, Product Line Director for Allegro's Position Sensor ICs.

These monolithic devices include either a standard Hall plate or a vertical Hall plate, a small-signal amplifier, chopper stabilisation, a Schmitt trigger, automatic power management controller, and an NMOS output transistor. The APS11700 uses a standard planar Hall-effect sensing element, while the APS11760 implements AVHT technology in the form of a silicon-based vertical Hall-effect sensing element. The APS11760 devices are therefore sensitive to magnetic flux parallel to the face of the IC package, mimicking the in-plane sensitivity of common reed switches. 

The APS11700/760 devices come preconfigured with the user’s choice of magnetic sensitivity, thresholds, and polarity; there is also a choice of active-high or active-low output for ease of integration into electronic subsystems. These ICs are qualified to AEC-Q100 Grade 0 and compliant with ISO 26262:2011 ASIL A when properly applied, making them suitable for automotive and other safety systems. They can tolerate up to 40V and junction temperature up to 165°C.  In addition, they are internally protected against overvoltage, reverse-battery, load-dump, output short-circuits, human-body-model ESD up to ±11kV, and other EMC conditions.

Typical applications include:

  • Open/close/latch sensors for automotive doors, lids, trunks, LCD screens, interior lighting, etc.
  • Shifters, pedals, and other driver controls / Human-Machine Interfaces (HMI)
  • Fluid level sensing
  • Tip-over (bank angle), kickstand, and HMI sensors in 2- and 3-wheeled vehicles
  • White goods / Appliances
  • Intelligent motion, e.g., robotics, vending machines, exercise equipment, motorised blinds/shades/shutters, etc.

Two package styles are available; Allegro’s LH package is a SOT-23W style, miniature, low-profile package for surface-mount applications; the UA is a 3-pin, ultra-mini, single inline package (SIP) for through-hole mounting. Both packages are lead (Pb) free, with 100% matt-tin leadframe plating.  

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