World’s first temp sensor family features 1.8-V SMBus and I2C interface

World’s first temp sensor family features 1.8-V SMBus and I2C interface

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Microchip Technology Inc., has introduced a new six-member family of temperature sensor ICs called the EMC118X.
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The company claims the devices make up the world’s first family of temp sensors with 1.8 V SMBus and I2C communications, which is required for interfacing to the latest generation of smartphone, tablet and PC chipsets.  Additionally, this integrated low-voltage I/O support reduces cost and board space because it is accomplished without an external voltage level shifter.  These are also the first temp sensors to use an advanced sample-frequency-hopping filter, which enables temperature-monitoring traces of up to 8 inches in noisy environments with accurate readings.  The EMC118X family serves a broad range of applications in the mobile, commercial and embedded computing markets, by combining the above features with options for dual, triple and quad temperature monitoring, along with hardwired system-shutdown settings that cannot be overridden by software.

The latest generation of smartphone, tablet and PC chipsets utilize advanced process geometries, which have a 1.8 V upper voltage limit for I/O signals.  There are few temperature sensors with 1.8V I2C/SMBus interfaces, and the EMC118X is the first family to provide this capability, along with a flexible set of integrated feature options.  It is also difficult to extend analog traces near noisy components, such as DC/DC converters and backlight inverters.  The EMC118X family employs frequency-hopping on the sampling frequency, which avoids the injection of coherent noise and enables traces of up to 8 inches while maintaining accurate temperature readings.

Availability and Pricing

All six members of the EMC118X temp sensor family are available now for sampling and volume production, starting at $0.51 each in 5,000-unit quantities.  The EMC1182 is offered in 8-pin DFN and TDFN packages.  The EMC1183, EMC1184, EMC1187 and EMC1188 are all available in a 10-pin DFN package.  The EMC1186 is offered in an 8-pin TDFN package.

Microchip also introduced the EMC1182 Evaluation Board (ADM00516), to enable development with these new temp sensors.  The board is available now for $29.99, from microchipDIRECT and any of Microchip’s authorized worldwide distributors.

Visit Microchip at www.microchip.com/get/7TEL 

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