Honeywell releases SM35 Nanopower Anisotropic Magnetoresistive Sensor IC | Automation.com

Honeywell releases SM35 Nanopower Anisotropic Magnetoresistive Sensor IC

Honeywell releases SM35 Nanopower Anisotropic Magnetoresistive Sensor IC

May 19, 2014 - Honeywell introduced the Nanopower Anisotropic Magnetoresistive Sensor ICs that provide high magnetic sensitivity (as low as 7 Gauss typical) while requiring nanopower (360 nA). 

Smaller and more durable and reliable than reed switches, at the same sensitivity and essentially the same cost, the Nanopower Series Magnetoresistive Sensor ICs are ideal for battery powered applications where previously only reed switches could be used due to very low power requirements and large air gap needs.

Compared with Hall-effect sensors, the new Nanopower Series Magnetoresistive Sensor ICs’ higher sensitivity can allow the ability to sense air gaps two times the distance of Hall-effect sensors.  The higher sensitivity improves design flexibility and can offer significant application cost savings by utilizing smaller or lower strength magnets.

The Nanopower Series Magnetoresistive Sensor ICs are designed for use in a wide range of battery-operated applications including water and gas meters, electricity meters, industrial smoke detectors, exercise equipment, security systems, handheld computers, scanners, as well as white goods such as dishwashers, microwaves, washing machines, refrigerators and coffee machines, and medical equipment such as hospital beds, medication dispensing cabinets, infusion pumps, and consumer electronics such as notebook computers, tablets, and cordless speakers.

The Nanopower Series is available in two magnetic sensitivities:

  • Ultra-high sensitivity SM351LT:  7 Gauss typical operate, 11 Gauss maximum operate, very low current draw (360 nA typical)
  • Very high sensitivity SM353LT:  14 Gauss typical operate, 20 Gauss maximum operate, very low current draw (310 nA typical)

Omnipolarity allows the sensor to be activated by either a north or south pole, eliminating the need for the magnet polarity to be identified, simplifying installation and potentially reducing system cost.  The push-pull (CMOS) output does not require external resistors, making it easier and more cost-effective to operate.  The non-chopper stabilized design eliminates electrical noise generated by the sensor.  The subminiature SOT-23 surface mount package, supplied on tape and reel (3000 units per reel), is smaller than most reed switches, allowing for use in automated pick-and-place component installation and can reduce production costs.

About Honeywell
Honeywell Sensing and Control is a leading global supplier of custom-engineered sensors, switches, machine safeguarding and other devices that offer enhanced precision, repeatability and durability to a variety of original equipment manufacturing applications across the medical, industrial, transportation, aerospace, and test and measurement segments.

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