Allegro MicroSystems Introduces 1 MHz Bandwidth, Integrated Current Sensor IC

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Allegro MicroSystems announced its first-ever 1 MHz bandwidth Hall-effect current sensor IC with a lightning-fast 210 ns response time. The ACS730 provides an economical and precise solution for AC or DC current sensing. Allegro’s ACS730 is targeted at industrial, commercial, and communications systems. Typical applications include motor control, load detection and management, switched-mode power supplies, and overcurrent fault protection.

This new device consists 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.

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 typically 1.2 mΩ, providing low power loss. The terminals of the conductive path are electrically isolated from the sensor leads (pins 5 through 8). This allows the ACS730 current sensor IC to be used in high-side current sense applications without the use of high-side differential amplifiers or other costly isolation techniques. The device is fully calibrated prior to shipment from the factory.

The ACS730 is priced at $1.77 in quantities of 1,000.

Further information about Allegro can be found at www.allegromicro.com.

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