Smart proximity sensor distinguishes between human body and inert objects
7/25/2012 11:52 AM EDT
The SX9300 from Semtech Corporation is an ultra-low power capacitive proximity sensor with on-chip Specific Absorption Rate (SAR) engine for human body detection. Semtech claims to be the first to provide a robust and cost effective proximity sensor with true discrimination between a human body and inert material. This unique feature enables mobile and tablet PC manufacturers to comply with SAR regulation for optimized data and voice communication quality of service.
The SX9300 platform is part of Semtech’s touch Interface family. This high sensitivity-sensing device features a dual-channel design with built-in human body discrimination on two distinct sets of sensors. This configuration is optimized for multiple axis proximity detection with very tiny sensor areas. SX9300 is intended for handheld connectivity devices requiring SAR regulation compliance such as mobile and tablet PC devices with 3G/4G/WCDMA mobile connectivity and Wi-Fi/mobile hotspots.
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The SX9300 is offered in a space-saving 3mm x 3mm thin 20-QFN package. Semtech provides a variety of small form factor sensor reference designs especially adapted to tablet PCs. Semtech guarantees all of these devices to operate over the extended (-40°C to +85°C) temperature range. Key Features
- Low-power operation
- 2.7V to 5.5V voltage operating range
- Doze Mode: 18uA
- Active Mode: 170uA
- Sleep Mode: 2.5uA
- Dual SAR capacitive sensor inputs with body versus inanimate object detection
- Programmable proximity short-range detection
- Ultra small footprint of 3mm x 3mm thin 20-QFN package
- 400kHz I²C interface and dedicated interrupt pin
Pricing and Availability
- SAR Compliant Systems
- Tablet PC/e-book
- Portable Gaming Devices
- Mobile Phones
- Mobile Hotspots
The SX9300 is available in production quantities and is priced at $0.56 each in 10,000-piece lots. Contact Semtech for complete pricing details. Semtech offers comprehensive design assistance, including field- and factory-based support. Data sheets, volume pricing and delivery quotes, as well as evaluation kits and samples, are available by contacting www.semtech.com/info. More information