Melexis announces new highly accurate pressure sensor for harsh automotive applications

Highest accuracy, smallest size and best harsh media compliance will significantly contribute to a better environment

Tessenderlo, Belgium, 19th December 2017 - Melexis, a global microelectronics engineering company, announces a new highly accurate pressure sensor intended for harsh media applications, especially in the automotive sector.

The new MLX90818 is a packaged absolute pressure sensor that is factory-calibrated to cover the range 1.0 to 5.5 bar, making it ideal for normally aspirated, direct injection and turbocharged engine applications. The highly integrated sensor includes provision for an external NTC for temperature measurement and is housed in a tiny 4 x 5mm DFN package. Already the smallest device available today, the MLX90818 requires very few external components, allowing OEM to easily develop small and rugged Manifold Air Pressure (MAP) sensors.

As the only component solution available without exposed corrodible metals, the device offers the best harsh media compliance, especially against the harsh halogens found in high concentrations in modern engines that are both downsized and lighter. The MLX90818 has 18V overvoltage capability and can operate from -40°C to +150°C making it suitable for all under-the-hood applications.

Pressure accuracy is a market-leading ±0.5% to ±0.75% for extended life operation at 150°C, allowing highly accurate MAP and EGR sensors to be built, thereby reducing significantly the NOx emissions that contribute to pollution and the CO2 emissions that contribute to global warming.

The output from the sensor is fully compliant with the J2716 Single Edge Nibble Transmission (SENT) protocol and allows easy and rapid customisation of the configuration to suit different customer needs.

The MLX90818 is available factory-calibrated from Melexis and customers can configure the device for low volume applications through the application pins using proven software tools available directly from Melexis.

Commenting on the new release, Laurent Otte - Pressure Sensors Product Line Manager - said: “The MLX90818 is a significant step forward in automotive pressure measurement. The ability to work in the harshest environments with unprecedented levels of accuracy means that this device will make a significant contribution to developing highly efficient and cleaner vehicles, thereby reducing pollution and preserving the environment.”


About Melexis

Combining a passion for technology with truly inspired engineering, Melexis designs, develops and delivers innovative micro-electronic solutions that enable designers to turn ideas into applications that support the best imaginable future. The company’s advanced mixed-signal semiconductor sensor and actuator components address the challenges of integrating sensing, driving and communication into next-generation products and systems that improve safety, raise efficiency, support sustainability and enhance comfort.

A world leader in automotive semiconductor sensors, Melexis has used its core experience in creating chips for vehicle electronics to expand its portfolio of sensors, driver ICs and wireless devices to also meet the needs of smart appliances, home automation, industrial and medical applications. Melexis sensing solutions include magnetic sensors, MEMS sensors (pressure, TPMS, infrared), sensor interface ICs, optoelectronic single point and linear array sensors and Time of Flight. The company’s driver IC portfolio incorporates advanced DC & BLDC motor controllers, LED drivers and FET pre-driver ICs, while Melexis has the know-how and expertise to build bridges between components, allowing them to communicate in a clear and fast way, whether wired (e.g. LIN, SENT) or wireless (RKE, RFID).

Melexis is headquartered in Belgium and employs over 1,400 people in 19 locations worldwide. The company is publicly traded on Euronext Brussels (MELE).

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Contact Melexis: Elcke Vercruysse
 Marketing Communications Manager
 Transportstraat 1. 3980 Tessenderlo Belgium Tel: +32 13 67 95 15

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December 2017 Ref: MLXPR079/A