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Hall switch enhances detection circuit design flexibility

Posted: 16 Apr 2013 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:Diodes? Hall effect switch? band-select pin? portable? consumer applications?

Analog semiconductor manufacturer Diodes Inc. has recently unveiled its latest programmable omnipolar Hall Effect switch. The miniature and micropower AH1898 enables designers to use the same contactless detection circuit in multiple applications or with different field strengths. It is suitable for numerous portable consumer applications including cell phones, tablets and cameras as well as a variety of domestic, office and industrial equipment.

The AH1898 Hall switch has been optimised for use over a 1.6V to 3.6V low-voltage supply range and employs a hibernating clocking system to minimise power consumption. With an average supply current of just 4.3?A at 1.8V, this micropower device helps to extend portable battery cell lifetime.

Able to detect both north and south magnetic fields, the AH1898 features a band-select pin, which allows device sensitivity to be changed to one of two predefined magnetic sensitivity ranges. In addition, it can also be used to change the band on the fly, using an external logic source or microcontroller. The high sensitivity of the Hall sensor also means that it can support weaker, lower cost magnets and can be used at a greater distance from the magnet.

To ensure high reliability in a broad range of applications, the Hall Effect switch has been designed with an 8kV ESD rating on supply and output pins. Circuit robustness is further raised by the AH1898's chopper stabilised design, delivering superior temperature stability over the operating range from -40C to 85C, absolute minimum switch point drift, and enhanced immunity to RF noise and physical stress.

The AH1898 is available in the miniature 0.8mm x 0.8mm CSP package, making it 12 times smaller than common TSOT-packaged alternatives. At the same time, the device's simple 4-pin footprint and integration of pull-up resistors results in reduced external component counts and a simplification of PCB layouts.

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