29 March 2016, New Delhi – Microchip Technology Inc., has announced the MCP990X family of System Management Bus (SMBus) temp sensor ICs for monitoring of up to four channels in cold, outdoor and industrial low temperature applications ranging from freezers and refrigerators to base stations and remote radio units. With ±1°C maximum accuracy for both external and internal diode temperatures from 40°C to +65°C, these ICs provide a lowcost, highly flexible solution where precision is needed at lower temperatures.
Advanced features of the MCP990X family include remote diode temperature measurement with resistance error correction that compensates for voltage drops from connectors and long board traces, enabling accurate readings of up to 20 inches away from the IC. Injected system noise from components such as DC- DC converters and backlight inverters is also minimised with a samplefrequency hopping filter, allowing for easier placement and routing. The combination of these features with options for dual, triple and quad temperature monitoring provides for a wider range of measurement opportunities for an entire system with a single IC.
“Extending our thermalmanagement portfolio to include a focus on colder remote and industrial applications gives us a unique offering in the industry,” said Bryan J. Liddiard, marketing vice president of Microchip’s Mixedsignal and Linear Products Division. “These devices complement system designs for our extensive line of microcontrollers as well, helping to ease development time based on the sensing and processing needs of end products.”
Compact package options that take up less silicon space on the PCB and allow for smaller system solutions and better product design for temperature critical applications include a 2×2 footprint for the MCP9902 dual channel temperature sensor. Additionally, a 3×3 footprint package is available for the MCP9903 triple and MCP9904 quad temp sensors.
Microchip has also introduced the MCP9902 Evaluation Board (part # ADM00615), to enable development with the MCP9902 low temp sensor. This board is available now from microchipDIRECT and any of Microchip’s authorised worldwide distributors.
All three members of the MCP990X are available today for sampling and volume production in 5,000unit quantities. The MCP9902 is offered in an 8pin, 2×2 WDFN package. The MCP9903 and MCP9904 are available in a 10pin, 3×3 DFN package.