Firmware-configurable sensors support public building air quality standards

Configurable ZMOD sensors with new firmware from Renesas Electronics can meet public building air quality standards as well as EPA and UBA standards. The company has introduced firmware for its ZMOD digital air quality sensors. It lets engineers configure the sensors to support various green air quality standards for commercial and public buildings. 

According to Renesas, they are the first sensors in the industry to conform to the requirements of multiple global air quality standards. Commercial HVAC (heating, ventilation and air conditioning) systems move towards autonomous monitoring of air quality, systems can now monitor and detect harmful gasses in indoor spaces, explained Renesas. Support for environmental standards increases the value of end products and reduces the effort needed to qualify manufacturers for government incentives.

Both the ZMOD4410 indoor air quality sensor and the ZMOD4510 outdoor air quality sensor offer compliance with the standards. The ZMOD sensors can be configured through firmware with cloud-based connections.  The ZMOD sensors are suitable for use in thermostats, smart appliances and smoke detectors as well as HVAC systems, advised Renesas.

The ZMOD digital gas sensors can be used to sense total volatile organic compounds (TVOC), ozone and nitrogen dioxide. The sensor are firmware configurable with cloud connectivity and using AI to train sensors. 

They are qualified to JEDEC JESD47 which ensures a product life of 10 years.  Compensation engines support low level part per billion (PPB) standard requirements.

Both the ZMOD4410 and ZMOD4510 sensors are available today, along with commercial and public firmware. Renesas also offers evaluation kits for the sensors – the ZMOD4410-EVK and ZMOD4510-EVK. 

Renesas Electronics combines its expertise in embedded processing, analogue, power and connectivity to deliver complete semiconductor solutions. The products accelerate time to market for automotive, industrial, infrastructure and IoT applications, enabling billions of connected, intelligent devices that enhance the way people work and live, said Renesas.

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