New Industry Products

TMR-Based Closed-Loop Sensor for High-Current Coreless Applications

June 17, 2019 by Paul Shepard

TDK Corporation is expanding its Micronas magnetic sensor portfolio with the CUR 423x sensors developed for current measurements in automotive and industrial applications. The new sensors, marketed under the trademark curSENS, are the first Micronas branded products based on the TDK TMR (Tunnel Magneto Resistance) technology.

Primary targeted applications include xEV battery monitoring and stationary battery management. The CUR 423x sensors are the first family members, suited for dc and ac measurements in high-power applications and is able to measure currents above 1200A. The galvanically isolated power and sensing circuits are of particular benefit in high-voltage battery monitoring systems of hybrid and electric vehicles (xEV).

A very good signal-to-noise ratio and a total error below 1% (full scale) over temperature allow for precise current measurements in applications with a signal bandwidth of up to 5kHz. Samples will be available from the fourth quarter of 2019.

All the necessary components for a closed-loop circuit, such as compensation coil, Rshunt, and TMR sensor bridge, are integrated into a small 1mm thin industry standard TSSOP16 SMD package. By avoiding the need for a large magnetic-field concentrator core, space and costs can be saved. Digital offset and gain temperature compensation, low-pass filter, and clamping can easily be programmed by using TDK-Micronas' programming toolchain.

Two variants are available that offer magnetic-flux density ranges of either ±7mT or ±40mT. A fine adjustment of the field ranges allows for adaptation to different application current ranges. Current sensing modules equipped with CUR 423x can be programmed via the output pin during the manufacturing process. Customer-selectable output interfaces, like SENT (Single-Edge Nibble Transmission) acc. to SAEJ2716 Rev.4, SPI or full ratiometric analog, allow for flexible adaptation to application requirements.

The CUR 423x is developed according to ISO26262. ASIL-B ready Functional Safety level is achieved due to various integrated diagnostic functions. The CUR 423x is qualified according to AEC-Q100 and is designed for automotive applications with temperatures ranging from -40°C to +170°C (TJ).

TDK will present its Micronas CUR 423x sensors simultaneously from June 25 to 27, 2019 at the Sensor+Test fair in Nuremberg, Germany, at booth 204 in hall 1 and at the Sensors Expo in San Jose, California, at booth 416.

Main features and benefits

  • High-precision closed-loop and coreless TMR sensor technology (reduced system size and weight)
  • Contactless current sensing (non-intrusive)
  • Functional Safety diagnostic (ISO26262 ASIL-B ready)
  • Various programmable magnetic field ranges
  • Supply voltage protection up to 18V
  • Automotive temperature grade (TJmax = 170°C)
  • Various output interfaces (SENT acc. to SAEJ2716 Rev.4, full ratiometric Analog or SPI)