The new A1688 from Allegro MicroSystems Europe is a Hall-effect sensor IC that provides a user-friendly solution for true zero-speed digital ring magnet and gear tooth sensing in two-wire automotive applications such as ABS braking systems.
The device offers industry-leading performance in areas such as pitch deviation accuracy, consistent supply current distribution (better than six-sigma), low jitter and enhanced EMC performance provided by an integrated capacitor which also reduces the requirement for external components.
The integrated circuit incorporates a dual-element Hall-effect sensor and signal processing circuitry that switches in response to differential magnetic signals created by magnetic encoders, or, when properly back-biased with a magnet, from ferromagnetic targets. A sophisticated digital circuit reduces magnet and system offsets, calibrates the gain for air-gap independent switch points, and provides true zero-speed operation.
Signal optimisation occurs at power-up through the combination of offset and gain adjustment, and is maintained throughout operation with the use of a running-mode calibration scheme which provides immunity from environmental effects such as micro-oscillations of the sensed target or sudden air-gap changes.
The regulated current output is configured for two-wire interface circuitry, and is ideally suited to obtaining speed information in wheel speed applications. The Hall element spacing is optimised for high-resolution small-diameter targets.
The A1688 is offered in the UB package, which integrates the IC and the high-temperature ceramic capacitor in a single overmoulded SIP package with an outside diameter of less than 6.5 mm and offers the additional benefit of wider lead spacing. The package is lead (Pb) free, with 100% matt-tin leadframe plating.