Sensing Products

What are you sensing?

Optimized sensing solutions for today’s design challenges and tomorrow’s innovations

System monitoring & protection sensing

Real-time system protection, feedback control and high-accuracy system monitoring

Position sensing

Absolute and relative position sensing solutions including: angular, presence, proximity, distance, flow, level, and velocity

Light & image sensing

Sensors and sensing AFEs for capturing a broad range of wavelengths

Explore TI sensing solutions by application
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System monitoring & protection sensing

From monitoring circuit board thermal hot spots to measuring current flows, this portfolio provides accuracy, real-time protection , low power, and small solution size.

Temperature

Wide range of IC temperature sensors for improving system performance and reliability, providing numerous advantages over thermistor designs. TI devices range from high-accuracy, local temperature sensors to multi-channel remote sensors and unique daisy chain architectures.

Temperature sensors overview

Temperature sensors learning center

Humidity

TI’s humidity sensors offer superior performance with best-in-class power consumption.  TI’s latest humidity sensor, HDC2010, offers advanced digital features for optimizing system-level battery life, supporting a variety of applications, such as IoT systems.

Humidity sensors overview 

Sensing MCUs

Ultra-low-power MSP430™ MCUs are a companion to TI’s environmental sensors for data logging, communication, capacitive touch sensing or display. The portfolio includes 10 and 12-bit SAR ADCs along with 24-bit Sigma Delta ADCs, integrated LCD controllers and offers up to 512KB of non-volatile memory.

MSP430TM Microcontrollers overview

Non-Isolated Current and Power

Real-time current and power measurement for overcurrent system protection, closed-loop feedback control, and high-accuracy system monitoring.

Current Sense Amplifiers overview

Isolated Current and Voltage

Provides basic and reinforced isolation between high-side and low-side current shunt and voltage measurements.

Isolated Amplifiers overview

Isolated ADCs overview

Isolated Magnetic Current

Closed- and open-loop solutions for AC and DC current measurement, with high accuracy over a wide temp range.

Fluxgate Magnetic Sensors products

Position sensing

From detecting an object within a specified distance to detecting the level of fluids or solids within a tank, and from detecting linear displacement of an object to detecting the angular position of the rotor in a motor, TI’s position sensing portfolio provides a wide array of choices in accuracy and cost tradeoffs for your design needs. 

Angular sensing

Angular position sensors translate angular mechanical position to an electrical signal for system control across a wide range of applications. TI’s portfolio of angular position sensors includes solutions for rotation measurement and x, y relative position measurement.  Rotation measurement applications include motors and automotive systems such as pedals, steering wheel, throttle, chassis and valves. X, y relative position can be used in various automotive applications such as ADAS and industrial applications including perimeter security.  

Hall Effect Sensors

Magnetic Hall effect latches (or linear sensors) are commonly used for angle sensing in brushless DC motors. Rotary encoding can also be accomplished with Hall effect latches when matched with an appropriate magnet configuration.

Hall Effect overview

Inductive Sensing

Angular inductive sensing technology is designed for position sensing designs in which functional safety is a key care about. The temperature range can exceed 150°C and angular accuracy requirements can be as strict as 1  degree.

Inductive overview

Resolver Sensor Signal Conditioners

Angular resolver technology is designed for speeds up to 60K RPM or higher, and accuracy needs <1°. Typical applications include HEV/EV inverters in automotive and industrial applications such as motor control applications, servo drives, AC inverters, and robotics.

Resolver/Encoder products

Linear Variable Differential Transformer (LVDTs)

Angular LVDT (RVDT) technology measures angle and rotation to nanometer precision. Use cases include harsh environments such as aircrafts, hydraulics, downhole drilling, and oil drilling.

LVDT products

mmWave Sensors

A radar system can estimate the angle of a reflected signal within the field of view.  Angular estimation is based on the observation that a small change in the distance of an object results in a phase change in the peak of the fast fourier transform (FFT) or Doppler FFT.  TI's mmWave solutions can provide 1° angle accuracy and 12° resolution accuracy.

mmWave overview

Presence sensing

Presence sensing is used to identify when a sensor is near an object of interest. Example use cases include collision avoidance, gesture recognition, open/closed sensing and wake up functionality.

mmWave Sensors

The AWR and IWR mmWave sensor families provide high accuracy presence detection from a few centimeters to more than 150 meters.  This technology is designed for challenging environmental conditions such as rain, fog, dust and darkness.

mmWave overview

Hall Effect Sensors

Hall effect sensors are commonly used for measuring the average magnetic flux density of a moving magnet. Magnetic sensors are highly reliable and immune to wear, environmental contaminants and radio frequency (RF) noise. This makes them highly desirable compared to mechanical implementations.

Hall Effect overview

Ultrasonic Sensing

The PGA460 family of devices enables presence detection from 5cm up to 11m while reducing power consumption in battery-powered applications. This family is designed for applications including ultrasonic park assist, hands-free doors and drone landing assist.

Ultrasonic overview

3D Time of Flight (TOF)

TI’s 3D Time of Flight portfolio offers highly-integrated, variable resolution devices that can generate a 3D image from computed depth data for for counting people, gesture control and position and dimensioning. Measurements are color and reflectivity independent. The devices can be positioned indoors or outdoors and can be optimized for various range, power, frame rate and field-of-view requirements.

 

3D Time of Flight overview

Inductive Sensing

Inductive sensing technology provides a low-power presence detection solution in the mm to nm range. Available in 1, 2, and 4 channels, popular use cases include tamper detection in various metering applications.

Inductive overview

Capacitive Sensing

MSP430™ microcontrollers with CapTIvate™ technology offers presence and gesture detection solutions ranging from a few millimeters up to 15cm, enabling wake on proximity for HMI systems including activating user interfaces such as touch keypads and other control interfaces.

CapTIvateTM Touch MCUs overview

 

FDC capacitive sensing technology is an automotive qualified, low power, high resolution solution with high immunity to noise and electromagnetic interference. End applications include level sensing and gesture recognition.

Capacitance to Digital Converters overview

Distance sensing

This portfolio of sensing devices measures the distance to objects with a range from nm to greater than 100m. 

Ultrasonic Sensing

The PGA460 family of devices enables distance measurement from 5cm up to 11m with a resolution of 1cm, while reducing power consumption in battery- powered applications. This technology is designed for applications including ultrasonic park assist, hands-free doors and drone landing assist.

Ultrasonic overview

mmWave Sensors

The AWR and IWR mmWave sensor families can detect objects from as close as 4cm to 250m with maximum of 4cm resolution and sub mm accuracy.

mmWave overview

Hall Effect Sensors

Linear Hall effect sensors measure magnetic flux density and output a proportional voltage, which enables accurate distance measurement to a moving magnetic field.

Hall Effect overview

Linear Variable Differential Transformer (LVDT)

LVDT technology measures position and distance to nm precision. Popular use cases include harsh environments such as aircrafts, hydraulics, downhole drilling and oil drilling.

LVDT overview

Inductive Sensing

TI's inductive sensing technology uses inductive coils to detect distances in the mm range with precision from µm to nm. Popular use cases include factory automation and displacement sensor transmitters.

Inductive overview

Capacitive Sensing

MSP430™ CapTIvate™ technology offers distance detection solutions ranging from a few millimeters up to 30cm, enabling wake on proximity for HMI systems including activating user interfaces such as touch keypads and other control interfaces.

CapTIvateTM Touch MCUs overview

Flow sensing

Measure the flow rate and control the flow of gas and liquids. Typical uses include water and gas metering applications.

Hall Effect Sensors

Hall effect sensors are commonly used in conjunction with a circular ring magnet, which is placed inside the flow meter enclosure, allowing for all of the electronics to be external of the enclosure. The flowing gas or liquid causes the circular ring magnet to rotate and the Hall sensor tracks the movement while providing a signal that can be counted.

Hall Effect overview

Ultrasonic Sensing

MSP430FR604x ultra-low-power MCUs
integrate a high precision ultrasonic sensing analog front end (AFE) for flow metering applications, offering unrivaled zero drift performance with a power consumption < 3uA available with a complete development ecosystem to bring precision and flexibility to a single chip. 

Ultrasonic Flow Meters MCUs 

The TDC1000 and TDC7200 is an analog front end (AFE) chipset for flow metering solutions that can be used with any processor to reduce board space, BOM cost and development time.

Ultrasonic overview

 

 

Inductive Sensing

Inductive technology enables measurement of the rate of flow of liquids by detecting changes in inductance due to the presence of conductive objects. Typical applications include monitoring the flow of fluids in home appliances.

Inductive overview

Level sensing

Level sensing measures the volume of a body of liquid. Key design considerations include measurement accuracy, sensing range, solution cost and solution size. 

mmWave Sensors

mmWave sensing measures the level of fluids and solids with extremely high accuracy using highly-linear, ultra-wide chirps.  Extreme environments, such as fumes, fog and dust particles, do not affect the accuracy of the sensor due to robustness of mmWave sensing.

mmWave overview

Ultrasonic Sensing

Ultrasonic sensing calculates the level of a fluid by determining the time of flight between the surface of a body of liquid and the base.

Ultrasonic overview

3D Time of Flight

The 3D Time of Flight portfolio can be used
for non-contact-based level estimation. Using computed depth information from sensors, levels can be measured over a wide area for applications such as powder measurement or tank capacity. Measurements are color and texture independent and can be designed for near and far distances.

3D Time of Flight overview 

Capacitive Sensing

FDC capacitive sensing devices allow
for a high sensitivity method for direct and contactless liquid level sensing in non-conductive containers. Containing a 28-bit resolution ADC and a high excitation rate, it is able to measure soapy water, ink, and other conductive liquids.Capacitive sensing can also be used to distinguish one liquid from another.

Capacitance to Digital Converters overview

Velocity sensing

TI’s velocity portfolio provides high accuracy measurements by transmitting an electromagnetic signal at an object and capturing the reflected signal. 

mmWave Sensors

mmWave radar transmits signals in the millimeter range.  Advantages of this technology include the short wavelength nature of the signal, high accuracy and small system component size (such as the antennas). A mmWave system operating at 76–81 GHz (with a corresponding wavelength of about 4 mm), has the ability to detect velocity up to 300 km/hr

mmWave overview 

Millimeter wave sensor fundamentals

Touch sensing

TI's touch sensing portfolio replaces traditional mechanical buttons with contactless touch technology which do not require mechanical cutouts. This technology enables more robust, less wear, easier waterproofing, and a simpler overall manufacturing process. TI's touch sensing technology provides a broad variety of needs ranging from simple on/off button detection to highly accurate force-dependent buttons and sliders.

Inductive sensing

The LDC portfolio provides for highly accurate, contactless force touch technology that can detect different levels of force to attribute to different actions. These buttons are reliable underwater, in debris-ridden environments, and operates reliably even with the presence of gloves.

Inductive sensing overview

 

Capacitive sensing

The FDC portfolio provides contactless technology that is broadband EMI resistant with low noise and high dynamic range. Available in 1, 2, and 4 channels, the FDC portfolio features an innovative narrow-band architecture offering higher levels of noise rejection.

Capacitance to digital converters overview

Light & image sensing

From wellness monitoring to material composition, these sensing technologies provide the accuracy and low power solutions needed in a small solution size.

Light

Retina quality light measurements, with package options ranging from smallest footprint to automotive-grade . The light sensing portfolio includes devices that are designed for ultra-low power IoT and battery operated systems, as well as devices that measure a broad spectrum of wavelengths.

Light sensing overview

Biomedical

Analog fronts ends (AFEs) offer a high level of integration, while maintaining high performance in small package sizes for applications from spectroscopy and medical diagnosis to heart rate sensing.

Biomedical overview

DLP® Products - Near-Infrared (NIR)

Near-infrared products are optimized for 700 to 2500 nm for optical sensing applications requiring high signal-to-noise ratio (SNR) such as chemical and material analysis. DLP technology provides programmable wavelength selection for single sensor designs in NIR spectroscopy.

Near-Infrared overview