Allegro MicroSystems, LLC has introduced a new family of contactless, Hall-effect based magnetic sensor ICs for high speed motor position sensing applications. Allegro’s dual-die A1331 and A1334 angle sensor ICs are based on vertical Hall-effect technology. The A1331 and A1334 devices, with their system-on-chip (SoC) architectures, provide fast output refresh rates and low signal path latency to support a wide variety of demanding automotive and industrial applications. Both devices are suited for automotive applications such as electronic power steering (EPS) or power braking motor position sensing, transmission actuator position sensing, throttle/pedal position detection, and other systems that require accurate measurement of angular or rotary position.
The dual die A1331 and A1334 ICs are offered in a TSSOP-24 package that contains two individually sawn, electrically isolated silicon ICs. These dual die ICs are suited for use in safety critical applications that require the use of redundant sensor ICs, especially in ASIL compliant systems.
The A1331 and A1334, with their onboard digital signal processing functions and EEPROM for factory and customer programmability, are designed specifically for on-axis/end-of-shaft angle sensing applications that require ultra-fast output refresh rates and low signal path latency. These ICs offer a 4-wire 10 MHz SPI interface with a 25 µs output refresh rate and a nominal signal path latency of only 60 µs. In addition, the ICs can operate directly off a vehicle battery, supporting a wide 4.5 V to 14.5 V supply voltage range, while consuming just 10 mA (max) of supply current per silicon die. These dual die ICs also include signal path and I/O diagnostics designed to meet the needs of stringent ASIL safety requirements.
Both devices can operate in a Low RPM mode, to support up to 12 bits of output resolution, and in a High RPM mode to support situations demanding faster refresh rates and lower single path latency. As part of their signal processing functions, the ICs include automotive grade temperature compensation to provide accurate angle measurements over the full operating temperature (-40°C to 150°C) and voltage range (4.5 V to 14.5 V) of the devices. The A1331 and A1334 output signals maintain a high level of accuracy over a wide magnetic field range, and can operate over a field range of less than 300 G to greater than 1000 G. On-chip EEPROM technology also enables flexible customer programming of the ICs.
The A1331 IC is unique in that it contains both a micro-power mode of operation and an internal electronic turns counter function. Both of these features are important in automotive steering (EPS) applications, where it is important to keep track of the absolute position of the steering wheel over multiple revolutions. The A1331 can be connected to the vehicle battery, and placed into micro-power mode (100 µA average consumption per die) when the automobile is in the “key off” state. The A1331 will detect turning of the steering wheel while in micro-power mode and will sense and store the revolution count of the steering wheel, even while the car is in the key off position. As a result, when the vehicle is powered on (key-on position) the steering system is aware of the absolute position of the steering wheel. This turns counter function counts in increments of 180 mechanical degrees, with a range of 511 positive increments and 512 negative increments.
The A1331 is priced at $3.40 and the A1334 is priced at $3.15, both in quantities of 1,000.