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Single-chip solution simplifies industrial and home automation applications

Allegro MicroSystems has launched the ACS37800, a Hall-effect power monitoring IC for single-phase AC and DC solutions in a small PCB footprint.

The ACS37800 is an integrated power monitoring chip that allows simultaneous measurement of power, voltage, and current for AC and DC signals with an isolation rating of up to 1480 Vpk in a small SOIC16W package, reducing the solution BOM size, cost, and complexity.

The ACS37800 allows devices to track power consumption and to optimise energy use by detecting reduced power efficiency for predictive maintenance. This makes the ACS37800 suitable for motor control, building automation, and a variety of green industrial applications.

Offered in an efficient SOIC16 footprint, the ACS37800 reduces PCB size and significantly reduces bill of materials (BOM) cost and complexity by eliminating the need for many components that competitive solutions require in similar conditions. For example, the integrated 517 Vrms reinforced isolation enables current sensing without expensive opto-isolators, Rogowski coils, oversized current transformers, isolated operational amplifiers, or shunt resistors.

Due to an onboard regulator, the ACS37800 can be powered from the same voltage supply as the system microprocessor (5 V or 3.3 V).

The ACS37800 simplifies common power triangle measurements by calculating parameters such as the active, reactive, and apparent power as well as instantaneous and RMS values of the current, voltage, or power. Furthermore, the ACS37800 is able to average these parameters with many instantaneous measurements over a one minute period, avoiding inaccuracies when waveforms are asymmetric. These features reduce the reliance on microcontroller unit (MCU) resources for critical calculations.

Users can program the ACS37800 to fit a variety of unique application needs. The device allows designers to choose from a factory-programmed I2C or SPI interface, depending on whether the user prefers low noise or multiple addressing - and in I2C mode, it provides zero-crossing detection pinout, making LED dimming control easy.

Users can also program thresholds for under/overvoltage, current/voltage gain and offset, and overcurrent trip point via EEPROM, allowing them to optimise their system from ±30 A to ±180 A and from –40°C to 125°C.

Author
Neil Tyler

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