Melexis reveals robust, high-performing general purpose Hall-effect latch for cost-sensitive applications

Melexis, a global microelectronics engineering company, has unveiled a robust Hall-effect latch for cost-sensitive applications such as power tools, PCs, servers, and home appliances, with features that simplify design and ensure stable magnetic characteristics.

The new latch, the MLX92214, has high magnetic sensitivity that eases magnet selection and relieves constraints on the size of the air gap. Leveraging mixed-signal CMOS technology, the device features an integrated chopper-stabilized amplifier that eliminates output offset. Power consumption is also low, with a typical operating current of 2.1 mA, and the wide supply-voltage range from 5.5 V down to 2.5 V helps extend the runtime of battery-powered devices.

While easing key aspects of the application design, the MLX92214 delivers the robustness of a high-quality device. The ESD-withstand capability of 6 kV (HBM) enhances reliability in applications such as hand tools. In addition, the small CMOS chip size reduces susceptibility to mechanical stress.

Capable of switching at up to 10 kHz, the MLX92214 allows high sampling frequencies for precision measurement at fast rotational speeds. The values of operating (BOP) and release (BRP) switching points are symmetrical, which ensures predictable latching characteristics, and stability over the full operating temperature range. Two temperature grades are available, specified from -40 °C to 125 °C and -40 °C to 150 °C.

The MLX92214 is in full production and available in a 3-pin Thin Small Outline Transistor (TSOT) surface-mount package suitable for standalone PCB applications.

About Melexis
Combining a passion for technology with truly inspired engineering, Melexis designs, develops and delivers innovative micro-electronic solutions that enable designers to turn ideas into applications that support the best imaginable future. The company’s advanced mixed-signal semiconductor sensor and actuator components address the challenges of integrating sensing, driving and communication into next-generation products and systems that improve safety, raise efficiency, support sustainability and enhance comfort.

A world leader in automotive semiconductor sensors, Melexis has used its core experience in creating chips for vehicle electronics to expand its portfolio of sensors, driver ICs and wireless devices to 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. The company’s driver IC portfolio incorporates advanced DC & BLDC motor controllers, LED drivers and FET pre-driver ICs, while Melexis has the know-how and expertise to build bridges between components, allowing them to communicate in a clear and fast way, whether wired (e.g. LIN, SENT) or wireless (RKE, RFID).

Melexis is headquartered in Belgium and employs over 1,500 people in 20 locations worldwide. The company is publicly traded on Euronext Brussels (MELE).

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