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Programmable 2-Wire Hall Effect Switches

Programmable 2-Wire Hall Effect Switches

Melexis Technologies NV announces the introduction of the MLX92242, the latest addition to the company’s advanced Hall effect switch/latch IC offering. Every one of these highly integrated devices contain a voltage regulator (supporting a wide operating voltage range), as well as Hall sensing element and a current sink-configured output driver, all in a single compact, low-profile package. Their key attribute is the non-volatile memory that each possesses. Through this built-in EEPROM resource OEMs that have specified the MLX92242 can carry out end-of-line (EOL) programming, allowing cancellation of all mechanical tolerances within the application.

Programmable memory is used to enable the various tolerances that need defining for a specific application to be set (via the device’s VDD pin) and if necessary readjusted, before finally being locked. The range and resolution of programmable magnetic thresholds and thermal sensitivity coefficients allows the sensor working in conjunction with a magnet to easily implement a ferrous metal proximity sensing system. The temperature compensation programmability of the MLX92242 means it can be used with all kind of magnets (including the low cost ferrite materials). The resulting cost-effective and very small ferrous proximity switch handily serves many limit position, proximity detection and encoding applications.

What differentiates the MLX92242 from other devices of this kind is that it supports 2-wire rather than a 3-wire implementation, only needing use of the VDD and GND pins, but still providing all the necessary diagnostic capacity to respond if malfunction conditions occur. The advantage of this is that far less wiring/cable harnessing is needed, allowing deployment into confined spaces and reducing the overall weight in applications where this could otherwise be a disadvantage. The voltage range, which covers 2.7 V to 24 V, enables design flexibility to be maximized.



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