ZMD introduced the ZIOL2201 line driver and level shifter IC. The ZMD ZIOL2201 features high-voltage I/O channel, integrated DC/DC converter, IO-Link communication standard support, operating temperature of -40°C to +85°C, and 4mm x 4mm QFN24 package. The output driver is a push pull stage that reaches an RDSon of less than 6.6 Ohms. The IC is ideal for sensors and actuators used in the harsh environment of automation applications. Samples of the ZIOL2201 are available now. Prices start at EUR 2.62 (volumes of 1000 devices).
Vishay Intertechnology announced the ten-turns 34 THE Hall effect sensor. The multi-turn sensor features non-contacting technology. The 34 THE Hall effect sensor has a life of 50 million cycles with a servo mount and 10 million cycles with a bushing mount. Samples of the 34 THE are available now. Production quantities will be available in Q1 2011, with lead times of 10 weeks for large orders. Pricing for U.S. delivery in 100-piece quantities starts at $28 per piece for bushing mount versions, and $32 for servo mount. The sensors are ideal for harsh environments.
Microsoft’s new Xbox 360 Kinect sensor is based on the PrimeSensor Reference Design, which is an end-to-end solution that enables a device to perceive the world in three dimensions and to translate these perceptions into a synchronized image, in the same way that humans do. The solution features a sensor component for observing the scene (users and their surroundings), and a perception component, or brain, that comprehends the user interaction within the surroundings. As we all know by now, the technology does not require a body suit with sensors for the system to track user movements.
ZMDI announced the ZSSC3017 16-bit sensor signal conditioning IC (SSC). The ZMDI ZSSC3017 features high accuracy amplification, 16-bit precision analog-to-digital conversion, and an 18-bit DSP for linearization and calibration functions. The CMOS device is ideal for altimeter/barometer systems, data merging with GPS receivers, medical gas and infusion pumps, and robotics. The ZSSC3017 is available as die for wafer bonding or in a TSSOP14 package. Packaged parts are priced at 1.13 Euro / 1.59 US$ in volumes of 10k. Samples and wafer material are available now.
ZMDI announced the ZSSC3053, which is a pure differential sensor signal conditioner (SSC) for high-accuracy amplification and sensor-specific correction of millivolt-level DC sensor signals. According to ZMDI, the ZSSC3053 offers the highest sensor accuracy at low cost. The chip is adjustable to nearly all resistive bridge sensor types. It is ideal for microcontroller-based sensor systems in industrial, medical, consumer and white goods applications for measuring pressure, temperature, linear position, force and load.
Silicon Laboratories launched the QuickSense family of highly accurate and fast-response touch, proximity, and ambient light sense devices supported by a common development environment. The QuickSense sensing solutions are ideal for portable, consumer, and industrial electronics products. The QuickSense F700 and F800 touch sense MCUs and the Si11xx proximity and ambient light sensors are available now. All QuickSense parts are supported by the QuickSense Studio and a suite of development tools to enable quick evaluation and design.