Open-loop Hall-effect user-programmable current transducers up to 25A DC, AC or pulsed

Open-loop Hall-effect user-programmable current transducers up to 25A DC, AC or pulsed

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The HO series measures AC, DC or pulsed currents with a nominal value of 8, 15 or 25 ARMS, with a response time of 2 to 6 μs. Both of these parameters, and several others, are user-programmable by a simple serial digital bit-sequence, generated by the system’s host microcontroller. Other parameters that are user-programmable include reference voltage, over-current detection limits, fault reporting and low power mode. The unit delivers its output as a scaled analogue voltage; in most systems this will be converted to a digital value by an analogue/digital converter (ADC) which requires a reference voltage. The designer can program the LEM HO-series transducer to output a reference of 0.5, 1.5, 1.65 or 2.5V on a dedicated pin. Alternatively, the HO-series can be configured to make measurements relative to an external reference. The current transducer achieves a typical accuracy of 1% and 2.8%, at +25°C and +85°, respectively, without offset, and with a high level of insulation between primary and measurement circuits.

An innovative feature of the HO series is programmable over-current detection, separate from the main current measurement. Using a single measurement range (for both detection and measuring functions), if the transducer must detect an over-current condition at (say) five times the nominal full-scale value, the measurement range must extend up to the over-current limit, reducing available accuracy within the nominal range. Separate over-current detection, with programmable threshold, ensures maximum resolution is maintained up to the nominal full-scale value.

The HO-series transducer operates from a single supply voltage at 3.3 or 5V. It comes in a PCB-mountable 12x23x12mm package which incorporates three separate primary conductors to allow for multi-range measurement configurations (enabling nominal measurement as low as 2.67 ARMS when programmed at 8 ARMS for the nominal range). Versions of the HO-series transducers will be available for both through-hole and surface-mount assembly. The operating temperature range is -40 to +115°C.

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