Without sensors most electronic applications would not exist—sensors perform a vital function, namely providing an interface to the real world. Hall effect sensors, based on a magnetic phenomena, are one of the most commonly used sensing technologies today. In the 1970s it became possible to build Hall effect sensors on integrated circuits with onboard signal processing circuitry, vastly reducing the cost and enabling widespread practical use. One of the first major applications was in computer keyboards, replacing mechanical contacts. Hundreds of millions of these devices are now manufactured each year for use in a great variety of applications, including automobiles, computers, industrial control systems, cell phones, and many others. The importance of these sensors, however, contrasts with the limited information available. Many recent advances in miniaturization, smart sensor configurations, and networkable sensor technology have led to design changes and a need for reliable information. Most of the technical information on Hall effect sensors is supplied by sensor manufacturers and is slanted toward a particular product line. System design and control engineers need an independent, readable source of practical design information and technical details that is not product- or manufacturer-specific and that shows how Hall effect sensors work, how to interface to them, and how to apply them in a variety of uses. This book covers: the physics behind Hall effect sensors Hall effect transducers transducer interfacing integrated Hall effect sensors and how to interface to them sensing techniques using Hall effect sensors application-specific sensor ICs relevant development and design tools This second edition is expanded and updated to reflect the latest advances in Hall effect devices and applications!

Key Features

* A comprehensive, up-to-date reference to use when crafting all kinds of designs with Hall effect sensors *Replaces other information about sensors that is too theoretical, too biased toward one particular manufacturer, or too difficult to locate *Highly respected and influential author in the burgeoning sensors community


PRIMARY MARKET: Electronics design engineers, mechanical engineers, and engineering managers working in a vast array of application areas—automotive, computers, medical, embedded, military, aerospace/aviation, , construction, etc.; instrumentation engineers; test engineers SECONDARY MARKET: electronics technicians; inhouse training departments of electronics manufacturers and other technology companies

Table of Contents

Table of Contents 1. Hall Effect Physics 2. Practical Hall Effect Transducers 3. Transducer Interfacing 4. Integrated Sensors, Linear and Digital Devices 5. Interfacing to Integrated Hall Sensors 6. Proximity Sensing Techniques 7. Current Sensing 8. Speed and Timing Sensors 9. Application-Specific Hall Sensor ICs 10. Development Tools for Hall Effect Sensors Appendix A. Brief Introduction to Magnetics Appendix B. Suppliers List Glossary References and Bibliography Index


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About the author

Edward Ramsden

Ed Ramsden is an electrical engineer who has been working with Hall effect sensors since 1988. His experience ranges from designing Hall effect integrated circuits to developing novel magnetic processing techniques. He has written over a dozen technical articles on sensor-related topics, and he holds four U.S patents in the area of magnetic sensor technology.

Affiliations and Expertise

Senior Engineer, Lattice Semiconductor, Hillsboro, OR, USA