MikroE, Allegro team for industrial Click boards

MikroE, Allegro team for industrial Click boards

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By Nick Flaherty

MikroElektronika (MikroE) is closely collaborating with Allegro MicroSystems on three Click board peripherals for industrial applications.

The Click boards developed by MikroE and Allegro plug into the MikroE development platform to cover AC-DC current measurements and position sensing.

“As a third-party tool provider we strive to promote our partners’ newest technologies and products, by making them simple to use in the broad market,” said Nebojsa Matic, CEO of MikroE. “We are delighted to collaborate with Allegro and look forward to introducing many more Click boards utilizing their sensor technology in the near future.”

The Hall Current 17 Click is a compact add-on board that contains a precise solution for AC-DC current sensing using the ACS37010 current sensor from Allegro. This is aimed at applications requiring a combination of high-current monitoring and high isolation voltage between the primary high-current and low-voltage sides.

The Angle 9 Click is designed to detect the absolute position of a permanent magnet with the AAS33001, Allegro’s precision, contactless angle sensor. This has incremental and motor commutation outputs and on-chip linearization for 0° to 360° angular position, rotation speed, and directional measurement. Support for incremental output interface (ABI) and motor commutation (UVW) is also available and on-chip EEPROM enables factory and customer calibration parameters to be stored.

This board is aimed at the development of contactless potentiometers, contactless knobs, RC servos, and other angular position measurement solutions.

The Hall Current 16 Click for AC-DC current sensing uses the ACS37002, a 400kHz high-accuracy current sensor from Allegro. This features pin-selectable gains that can be used to configure the device to one of the four defined sensitivities and corresponding current ranges, increasing design flexibility. In addition, an adjustable overcurrent fast fault provides short-circuit detection.

This is aimed at the development of applications requiring a combination of high-current monitoring and high isolation voltage between the primary high-current and low-voltage sides.

“We are thrilled to partner with MikroE as they release three new easy to use development tools that incorporate our industry-leading magnetic current and angle sensors,” said Ram Sathappan, Senior Director, Applications Marketing at Allegro. “We anticipate a very strong interest, as these sensor Click boards enable our customers to quickly develop innovative end products requiring high accuracy and reliability, without having to develop their own hardware.”

The Click boards with Allegro’s sensor technology are packaged with mikroSDK software and a library with all the functions. The Clicks come fully tested and approved prototype, making them reliable devices ready to use on the development board. This can cut months from the development cycle and save considerable expense.

Boards that address wireless connectivity, sensors, power management, interfacing, displays, motor drives, HMI and more are currently available.



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