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Microsemi LX3301A

Microsemi LX3301A: Inductive Sensor Processing IC

The LX3301A is a high performance IC for inductive sensing systems. Inductive sensing is a highly reliable contactless method for measuring mechanical motion. Based upon LVDT principles, inductive sensing is robust and highly immune to environmental interference. Unlike Hall-effect sensors, inductive sensors do not require a magnet. The LX3301A is a complete processing system for and inductive sensor, providing the drive circuit, PGA, ADC, signal processing, and host interface. The LX3301A provides 12-bit resolution analog output and 13-bit resolution PWM output, with processing data rates to 2ksps. The IC includes internal EEPROM which allows the customer to optimize the configuration and performance to their specific sensor design. Designed to support a wide variety of measurement application including linear, angular, rotary, and proximity; the LX3301A is automotive certified to AEC-Q100 grade 1 (-40 to 125C) and documented for compliance with ISO26262.

Features and Benefits

  • Fully integrated inductive sensor processing subsystem
  • Ratiometric measurements for superior immunity to environmental interference
  • 12-bit analog output or 13-bit PWM output
  • Data rates to 2ksps
  • 32-bit RISC processing core
  • User configurable EEPROM for sensor optimization
  • Built-in safety diagnostics
  • Operating temperature range of -40 to 125C
  • AEC-Q100 grade 1 certified; ISO26262 documentation
  • 14-TSSOP package

Applications

  • Fluid level sensing
  • Gear position (transmission)
  • Gear shift position
  • Actuator position
  • Proximity detection (contactless switch)
  • Rotary controls (resolver, encoder etc.)
  • Robotic arm position
  • Rotating shaft position (camshaft, rotor, etc.)
  • Pedal position
  • Throttle position
  • Vent position

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