Melexis integrated MEMs sensors handle more than just pressure

Microelectronics International

ISSN: 1356-5362

Article publication date: 20 January 2012



(2012), "Melexis integrated MEMs sensors handle more than just pressure", Microelectronics International, Vol. 29 No. 1.



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Melexis integrated MEMs sensors handle more than just pressure

Article Type: New products From: Microelectronics International, Volume 29, Issue 1

The MLX90807 and MLX90808 fully integrated, relative and absolute pressure sensor die are realized with CMOS technology combined with MEMS bulk micromachining. These monolithic solutions are both fully automotive qualified. Each consists of a silicon membrane with piezoresistors to transform the stress induced by pressure into an electrical signal. An analog signal chain interacting with a digital core, including programmable memory, allows full calibration on chip in order to achieve an optimized transfer function over the desired working pressure and temperature range.

The Melexis integrated pressure sensor die cover many pressure ranges from a span of 100 mbar to several bars. Their use is straightforward when the media to be measured is relatively benign like dry air found in barometric sensing or engine intake manifolds, brake boosters or even stronger media like fuel vapour. For harsher media applications like oils, liquids and engine exhaust gas, the Melexis chips must include special, secondary protection for the die.

The Melexis integrated pressure sensors are proven top performers in demanding automotive applications. The sensors meet and exceed typical automotive industry quality standards. The MLX90807 and MLX90808 demonstrate outstanding accuracies after calibration in applications requiring a miniaturized, compact pressure sensor solution. Melexis integrated pressure sensors are fully programmable through the connector with built in protection against all typical overvoltage automotive conditions. The integrated sensors include circuitry meet all automotive diagnostic requirements including broken membrane detection and short and open circuit conditions.

The applications and capabilities of these devices address several deficiencies found in competitive, integrated pressure sensors. Melexis Product Marketing Manager, Laurent Otte indicates that “experimental data from stress testing shows the MLX 90807 and 90808 are capable of having the MEMs diaphragm cycled many times in excess of the standard test limits without failures”. Such results provide designers with a confidence level to allow use of the pressure sensors in high reliability applications knowing the chips can take the pressure. Secure too in the knowledge that in the unlikely event of failure the chip can communicate via diagnostics to allow for safe error handling:

  • Absolute and relative integrated pressure sensors.

  • Less than 1 percent error range typical overall.

  • Programmable through the connector (three pins).

  • Trimmable offset and sensitivity.

  • On-chip signal conditioning.

  • Output proportional to the applied pressure.

  • 5 V analog ratiometric output.

  • Rail-to-rail output.

  • Diagnostics of broken supply wires and broken sensor.

  • Output protected against short-circuits at both battery terminals.

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