Noise-immune Capacitive Sensing Solution for Proximity Sensing

Noise-immune Capacitive Sensing Solution for Proximity Sensing - FDC2112


Capacitive sensing is a low-power, low-cost, high-resolution contactless sensing technique that can be applied to a variety of applications ranging from proximity detection and gesture recognition to remote liquid level sensing. The sensor in a capacitive sensing system is any metal or conductor, allowing for low cost and highly flexible system design.

The main challenge limiting sensitivity in capacitive sensing applications is noise susceptibility of the sensors. With the FDC2x1x innovative EMI resistant architecture, performance can be maintained even in presence of high-noise environments.

The FDC2x1x is a multi-channel family of noise- and EMI-resistant, high-resolution, high-speed capacitance-to-digital converters for implementing capacitive sensing solutions. The devices employ an innovative narrow-band based architecture to offer high rejection of noise and interferers while providing high resolution at high speed. The devices support a wide excitation frequency range, offering flexibility in system design. A wide frequency range is especially useful for reliable sensing of conductive liquids such as detergent, soap, and ink.

The FDC221x is optimized for high resolution, up to 28 bits, while the FDC211x offers fast sample rate, up to 13.3ksps, for easy implementation of applications that use fast moving targets. The very large maximum input capacitance of 250 nF allows for the use of remote sensors, as well as for tracking environmental changes over time, temperature and humidity.

The FDC2x1x family targets proximity sensing and liquid level sensing applications for any type of liquids. For non-conductive liquid level sensing applications in the presence of interferences such as human hands, the FDC1004 is recommended, which has integrated active shield drivers.


  • EMI-Resistant Architecture
  • Maximum Output Rates (one active channel):
    • 13.3 ksps (FDC2112, FDC2114)
    • 4.08 ksps (FDC2212, FDC2214)
  • Maximum Input Capacitance: 250 nF (at 10 kHz
    with 1 mH inductor)
  • Sensor Excitation Frequency: 10 kHz to 10 MHz
  • Number of channels: 2, 4
  • Resolution: up to 28 bits
  • System Noise Floor: 0.3 fF at 100 sps
  • Supply Voltage: 2.7 V to 3.6 V
  • Power Consumption: Active: 2.1 mA
  • Low-Power Sleep Mode: 35 µA
  • Shutdown: 200 nA
  • Interface: I2C
  • Temperature range: –40°C to +125°C

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Parametrics Compare all products in Capacitance to Digital Converters

# Input Channels
Resolution (Bits)
Active Supply Current (Typ) (mA)
Input Range (Typ) (pF)
Programmable Sampling Rate (Typ) (sps)
Shutdown Current (Typ) (nA)
Standby Current (Typ) (uA)
Supply Voltage (Max)
Operating Temperature Range (C)
Supply Voltage (Min)
Package Size: mm2:W x L (PKG)
Package Group
FDC2112 FDC1004 FDC2114 FDC2212 FDC2214
2    4    4    2    4   
12    24    12    28    28   
2.1    0.75    2.1    2.1    2.1   
250000    15    250000    250000    250000   
I2C    I2C    I2C    I2C    I2C   
40 to 13300    100/200/400    40 to 13300    40 to 4080    40 to 4080   
200      200    200    200   
EMI-resistant    Integrated shield drivers    EMI-resistant    EMI-resistant    EMI-resistant   
35    29    35    35    35   
3.6    3.6    3.6    3.6    3.6   
-40 to 125    -40 to 125    -40 to 125    -40 to 125    -40 to 125   
2.7    3    2.7    2.7    2.7   
Catalog    Catalog    Catalog    Catalog    Catalog   
See datasheet (WSON)    10VSSOP: 15 mm2: 4.9 x 3(VSSOP)
See datasheet (WSON)   
16WQFN: 16 mm2: 4 x 4(WQFN)    See datasheet (WSON)    16WQFN: 16 mm2: 4 x 4(WQFN)   
16WQFN    12WSON    16WQFN   

Other qualified versions of FDC2112

Version Part Number Definition
Automotive FDC2112-Q1 Q100 devices qualified for high-reliability automotive applications targeting zero defects

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