March 18, 2024 /SemiMedia/ -- TDK Corporation recently announced the expansion of its Micronas 3D HAL® position sensor family with the launch of the HAR 3920-2100, a new dual-chip sensor for automotive and industrial applications. It was designed to meet the demand for highly accurate both linear and angular position measurements in the presence of disturbing magnetic stray fields. Developed in accordance with ISO 26262, HAR 3920 fulfills ASIL C requirements, making it suitable for integration into automotive safety-related systems up to ASIL D. They are suitable for applications such as accelerator pedal position or throttle valve position measurement or as non-contact potentiometer The start of production is planned for April 2024; samples are already available on request.

HAR 3920 stands out with its dual-redundancy design – two independent dies stacked in a single package, electrically connected to one side's pins. This stacked-die architecture ensures consistent output signal characteristics by occupying the same magnetic-field position. Utilizing Hall technology, the sensor measures vertical and horizontal magnetic-field components, suppressing external magnetic stray-fields using an array of Hall plates. The sensor can measure a 360° angular range and linear movements of a magnet. A simple two-pole magnet is sufficient for precise rotation angle measurements, ideally placed above the sensitive area in an end-of- shaft configuration. The sensor also supports stray-field robust off-axis measurements.

Featuring a linear, ratiometric analog output signal with passive wire-break detection, compatible with pull-up or pull-down resistors, HAR 3920 is versatile. Additionally, it offers a switch output (open drain) derived from calculated position information or other sources along the devices signal path, allowing users to define on/off switching points, switch logic, and switch polarity.

On-chip signal processing calculates one angle per die from the magnetic-field components, converting this value into an analog output signal. Users can adjust major characteristics like gain, offset, and reference position by programming the non-volatile memory.

Designed for automotive and industrial applications, it operates in an ambient temperature range from –40 °C up to 160 °C, dependent on the supply voltage range. Compact and versatile, the sensor is available in the sixteen- pin SSOP16 SMD package.

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