August 12, 2014
Worcester, MA – Allegro MicroSystems, LLC announces two new current sensor IC devices that are true ±5 A sensor ICs or uni-directional 10 A sensor ICs for use in low power applications that require higher output swings at lower current. Allegro’s ACS722 and ACS723 devices provide an economical and precise solution for AC or DC current sensing in industrial, commercial, and communications systems. The small package is ideal for space constrained applications while also saving costs due to the reduced board area. Typical applications include motor control, load detection and management, switched-mode power supplies, and overcurrent fault protection. (Please note that these devices are not for use in automotive applications.)
These new devices consist of a precise, low-offset, linear Hall sensor circuit with a copper conduction path located near the surface of the die. Applied current flowing through this copper conduction path generates a magnetic field which is sensed by the integrated Hall IC and converted into a proportional voltage. Device accuracy is optimized through the close proximity of the magnetic field to the Hall transducer. A precise, proportional voltage is provided by the low-offset, chopper-stabilized BiCMOS Hall IC, which is programmed for accuracy after packaging. The output of the device has a positive slope when an increasing current flows through the primary copper conduction path (from pins 1 and 2, to pins 3 and 4), which is the path used for current sensing. The internal resistance of this conductive path is 0.6 mΩ typical, providing low power loss.
The terminals of the conductive path are electrically isolated from the sensor leads (pins 5 through 8). This allows the ACS722 and ACS723 current sensor ICs to be used in high-side current sense applications without the use of high-side differential amplifiers or other costly isolation techniques. The devices are certified to 2400 VRMS isolation and can be used in AC line tied applications.
The sensor ICs are provided in a small, low profile surface mount SOIC8 package. The leadframe is plated with 100% matte tin, which is compatible with standard lead (Pb) free printed circuit board assembly processes. Internally, the device is Pb-free, except for flip-chip high-temperature Pb-based solder balls, currently exempt from RoHS. The device is fully calibrated prior to shipment from the factory.
Allegro MicroSystems, LLC is a leader in developing, manufacturing and marketing high-performance semiconductors. Allegro's innovative solutions serve high-growth applications within the automotive market, with additional focus on office automation, industrial, and consumer/communications solutions. Allegro is headquartered in Worcester, Massachusetts (USA) with design, applications, and sales support centers located worldwide. Further information about Allegro can be found at www.allegromicro.com.