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Time-to-Digital Converter with Analog Front-End

Accurate Low Flow Measurement with Low System Power Consumption

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Key Features

Applications/Uses

Parametric specs for Sensor Signal Conditioners
Sensing Element Ultrasonic Piezoelectric Transducer
PGA Gain Fixed
Calibration Method External microcontroller
Output Type Digital
ICC (mA) (typ) 0.01
Interface SPI
VSUPPLY (V) 2.3 to 3.6
Package/Pins TQFP/32
Budgetary
Price (See Notes)
4.14
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Parameters

Parametric specs for Sensor Signal Conditioners
Sensing Element Ultrasonic Piezoelectric Transducer
PGA Gain Fixed
Calibration Method External microcontroller
Output Type Digital
ICC (mA) (typ) 0.01
Interface SPI
VSUPPLY (V) 2.3 to 3.6
Package/Pins TQFP/32
Budgetary
Price (See Notes)
4.14

Key Features

  • High Accuracy Flow Measurement for Billing and Leak Detection
    • Time-to-Digital Accuracy Down to 20ps
    • Measurement Range Up to 8ms
    • Two Channels: Single-Stop Channel
  • High Accuracy Temperature Measurement for Precise Heat and Flow Calculations
    • Up to Four (4) 2-Wire Sensors
    • PT1000 and PT500 RTD Support
  • Maximizes Battery Life with Low Device and Overall System Power
    • Low 10µA ToF measurement and < 125nA Duty-Cycled Temperature Measurement
    • Event Timing Mode Reduces Host µC
  • Overhead to Minimize System Power Consumption
    • 2.3V to 3.6V Single-Supply Operation
  • High-Integration Solution Minimizes Parts Countand Reduces BOM Cost
    • 8KB of Nonvolatile Flash Memory for Data Logging
    • Built-in Real Time Clock
    • Small, 5mm x 5mm, 32-Pin TQFP Package
    • -40°C to +85°C Operation

Applications/Uses

  • Ultrasonic Gas Meters
  • Ultrasonic Heat Meters
  • Ultrasonic Water Meters

Description

The MAX35101 is a time-to-digital converter with built-in amplifier and comparator targeted as a complete analog front-end (AFE) solution for the ultrasonic heat meter and flow meter markets.

With a time measurement accuracy of 20ps and automatic differential time-of-flight (TOF) measurement, this device makes for simplified computation of liquid flow. Early edge detection ensures measurements are made with consistent wave patterns to greatly improve accuracy and eliminate erroneous measurements.

Multihit capability with stop-enable windowing allows the device to be fine-tuned for the application. Internal analog switches, an autozero amplifier/comparator, real-time clock (RTC), and programmable receiver sensitivity provide the analog interface and control for a minimal electrical bill of material solution. The RTC provides an event timing mode that is configurable and runs cyclic algorithms to minimize microprocessor interactivity and increase battery life.

Built-in arithmetic logic unit provides TOF difference measurements. A programmable receiver hit accumulator can be utilized to minimize the host microprocessor access and thus minimize current consumption.

For temperature measurement, the MAX35101 supports up to four (4) 2-wire PT1000/500 platinum resistive temperature detectors (RTD).

A simple 4-wire SPI interface allows any microcontroller to effectively configure the device for its intended measurement.

On-board 8KB user flash allows the MAX35101 to be nonvolatile-configurable and provide nonvolatile energy use data to be logged. Configuration can be recalled anytime with a SPI command. 

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