Sensor ASIC

Mixed Signal SOC Explained

Most individuals may already be familiar with analog circuits and digital circuits. But there are some designs that integrate both analog and digital in real-life applications. In fact, the use of a mixed-signal System-on-a-Chip (SOC) with sensor ASIC is almost everywhere and present in daily living.

Today, mixed-signal devices are available in standard and customized designs for applications. However, the signal is more complex compared to analog-only or digital-only integrated circuits. The design and manufacturing are difficult with requirements entirely different from digital or analog circuits.

Mixed Signal SOC and Sensor ASIC

Firstly, mixed-signal SOCs are everywhere from smartphones, space electronics, electric vehicles, sensors, and more.

So, there are many common uses of mixed-signal SOC including Sensor ASIC.  The chip is customizable to meet specific requirements. Then, converts the analog input into 1 of 10 programmable ranges. Then, the results are displayed on a 10 segment bar.

Also, the use of mixed-signal ASICs and sensor ASICs are more prevalent in recent years. So, you can find sensors in offices, our homes, cars, and other establishments. Certainly, these sensors are made to make our lives comfortable and convenient.

From simply switching on/off lights, fire or smoke detection, the opening of the garage, and adjusting room temperature. All these are made possible because of sensors.

However, even before smart homes were in demand, sensors have been around and utilized in a wide range of applications from robotics, industry, electronics, and more.  Also, sensors are classified depending on the type of physical parameters they measure or the output signal.

Common Applications of Sensors:

  • Communications
  • Smartphones
  • Smartwatches
  • Satellites
  • Smart cars, autonomous cars
  • Smart homes
  • Computers
  • Remote Sensing
  • Robotics
  • Energy Plants
  • Lastly, Avionics

A sensor ASIC addresses the speed sensor to synchronize the speed of collective motors. Simultaneously, an ultrasonic sensor is for distance measurement.

Different types of sensor ASIC, their uses, and application

Speed Sensor

A speed sensor is customizable to detect the speed of an object like a vehicle. This is also available in different types: speedometer, picometer logs, wheel speed sensors, airspeed indicators, and more.

Temperature Sensor

Sensor ASIC in a temperature sensor controls the temperature of devices or equipment used in industrial applications.

PIR Sensor

Certainly, a PIR sensor or Passive Infrared sensor detects the motion of an object at 110-, 180-, and 360-degrees angles. This is type is particularly for automatic doors based on body movement nearby.

Other types of sensor ASIC:

  • Ultrasonic sensor
  • Light sensor
  • Color sensor
  • Pressure sensor
  • Touch sensor
  • Smoke sensor
  • Alcohol sensor
  • Rain and humidity sensor
  • Tilt sensor
  • Metal detector
  • Position sensor
  • GPS
  • Odometer sensor
  • Sound sensor
  • IR sensor
  • Fingerprint sensor
  • Pressure sensor
  • Bending sensor
  • Vibration sensor
  • Digital compass sensor
  • Half effect sensor
  • Heartbeat sensor
  • Water flow sensor
  • Flow and level sensor
  • Fog sensor
  • Lastly, Gas sensor

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