With the ICs E524.32 and E524.33, Elmos Semiconductor presents the next generation of the “Direct-Drive” ultrasonic IC family for the vehicle’s ultrasonic parking assistance systems. The ICs can also be used for distance measurements in industrial applications or robotic applications.
The “Direct Drive” approach enables a significant reduction in system costs, since the transformer and other external components on the sensor board can be dispensed with. A simpler board layout, a lower overall height and weight savings are further advantages of this system solution.
Compared to the predecessor ICs, the measurement performance as well as the ESD and EMC behavior have been significantly improved. In the far range, the ICs detect a 75mm standard round obstacle, depending on the type of transducer used, up to a distance of about 4 meters. For larger obstacles, more distant targets can be successfully detected. At close range, the new, redesigned Smart Damping algorithm reduces transducer settling time so that minimum distances of <12cm can be measured with a single transducer. The new near-field detection detects objects already in front of the sensor and issues a warning by means of a flag.
Also with this IC family the commissioning of the ICs is very easy. Many configurations can be quickly set via the communication interface. However, in order to be able to react flexibly to the customer application, the optimized IO interface offers up to 3 configurable measuring ranges, which can be set, for example, for a near, medium and long range. An additional second configurable threshold and advanced dynamic gain curve settings provide further options.
The communication over the different interfaces is almost identical to the Elmos ICs E524.08 / 09, so that both ICs can be mixed as desired in the vehicle depending on customer requirements. If higher ranges are required, the ICs E524.08 / 09 can be used. If the requirements are lower and the system costs are in the foreground, the ICs E524.32 / 33 can be used.
All ICs have numerous diagnostic capabilities, such as supply voltage monitoring, temperature sensor and communication error detection. The measurement of settling time and frequency deviation allow safe sensor operation.
More information: firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line “E524.32 / E524.33”; +49 231 7549 100.