Texas Instruments Inc. is offering a current shunt monitor that it claims provides 10-times greater accuracy than competitors, delivering a maximum offset voltage of 10-microvolts (uV) and a maximum gain error of 0.1%.
Designated INA226, this 16-bit, single-chip solution provides fully programmable measurements for current, voltage and power across a digital I2C interface. The INA226 benefits designers working with servers, telecom equipment, computers, power-management devices and testing equipment where accurate power measurements are crucial.
- Single-chip digital solution with I2C interface provides current, voltage and power measurements, simplifying board design and layout constraints with no external mux or ADC required.
- Industry leading accuracy with a maximum offset voltage of 10-uV and maximum gain error of 0.1 percent results in greater precision at low currents and allows for using smaller shunt resistors, reducing I*R loss.
- Independently programmable conversion times and sample averaging make it easy to customize to the speed requirements of each system, and reduce software and memory requirements.
- Maximum quiescent current of 420-uA and maximum shutdown current of 2-uA result in efficient operation that consumes 3.5 percent less power than competitors' discrete solutions, even with the INA226's integrated ADC and power mux.
- 140-dB common mode rejection ratio (CMRR) and 36-V common mode voltage (CMV) ensure there is little to no change in offset voltage throughout the entire range of operation, simplifying error analysis.
Pricing: $1.30 in quantities of 1,000.
Availability: Now in a 10-pin MSOP package.