Development kits enable contactless current sensing evaluation

Two new development kits from Melexis which enable engineers to study the functional capabilities of Melexis current sensor ICs, so helping to shorten customer development times and project completion. One DVK allows engineers to experiment with arrangements featuring IMC-Hall technology (with or without inclusion of shielding), while the other does the same for conventional core-based Hall technology. The company says engineers will be able to use these kits to validate their hardware with different sensor capabilities and cover different current sensing ranges.

The DVKs come with several Melexis current sensors so that engineers can test different magnetic configurations and ICs. The DVK for IMC-Hall includes the MLX91208 and MLX91216 ICs, plus the recently launched MXL91218. The DVK for Conventional Hall comes with the MLX91209, MLX91211, MLX91217 and MLX91219. These cover Melexis’ second generation of external primary current sensors.

3D-printed holders are provided with the DVKs to keep the shields and cores where applicable firmly in place, eliminating the need for engineers to construct their own fixings. The materials used can deal with temperatures up to 170 degrees C and the DVKs also include bus bars which simplify the setup process.

“These new DVKs provide engineers with designing systems that make their lives easier. The hassle of building your own setup, sourcing material from different suppliers is finally over,” said Bruno Boury, product line manager, current sensors, Melexis. “Using these DVKs, and the various devices included, engineers can quickly and comfortably assess their systems’ operational parameters. They can then select the ideal current sensor from the Melexis portfolio for their specific requirements which leads to better-realised design concepts and faster time to market.”

Melexis’ advanced mixed-signal semiconductor sensor and actuator components address the challenges of integrating sensing, driving and communication into next-generation products and systems that help improve safety, raise efficiency, support sustainability and enhance comfort. The company has used its core experience to expand its portfolio of sensors and driver ICs but now they also meet the needs of smart appliances, home automation, industrial and medical applications. Melexis sensing solutions include magnetic sensors, MEMS sensors (pressure, TPMS, infrared), sensor interface ICs, optoelectronic single point and linear array sensors and Time of Flight. 

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