ZMD AG and ZMD America introduced the Multi-Sensor Interface Circuit (MUSic) family of semiconductors for microcontroller-based consumer, medical and industrial systems requiring multiple sensor control. As consumer and industrial systems incorporate greater numbers of sensors, the importance of multi-channel and multi-use sensor interfaces becomes more crucial. The ZMD MUSic product family addresses this trend by levering ZMD’s extensive expertise in delivering high-performance sensor signal conditioning IC’s.
“Market trends and manufacturers utilizing battery-powered, microcontroller-based mobile electronics motivated ZMD to create this new product family,” stated Dr. Dirk Behrens, ZMD Vice-President of Marketing. “With these highly integrated Sensor Signal Interface ICs manufacturers can build highly innovative products in ultra-compact form factors and with very long battery powered runtimes. The MUSic family demonstrates ZMD’s superiority in signal conditioning and calibration competency featuring low power, low voltage and high accuracy.”
The new MUSic family is tailored for a variety of markets and applications, especially those with multiple sensors where a microcontroller is the heart of the system. These include different wearable medical instruments; mobile and consumer devices for sports and outdoor activities requiring a combination of data offered by altimeters, barometers and navigation functions, etc., as well as industrial systems where measurement requires multiple sensors, like flow monitors or scales. The MUSic devices will also be found in a myriad of other applications where multiple high-precision sensors and low power are essential qualities.
All members of this new product family incorporate a sophisticated analog front-end, including a flexible programmable gain amplifier, several analog and digital filters and a power-optimized analog sampling architecture. With their high level of integration, all MUSic product family members dramatically reduce the overall bill of materials and thus the product dimensions, while also minimizing average power consumption.
Each family member contains an on-chip clock generator and an EEPROM to store non-volatile configuration data, calibration coefficients, and optional user-programmable ID. Serial standard interfaces like SPI and I2C connect them to the central microcontroller of the system.
Founded in 1961, ZMD AG is a leading supplier of analog and mixed-signal integrated circuits for automotive, industrial, medical and consumer applications. ZMD specializes in design and marketing of high temperature, high voltage and ultra low power application-specific integrated circuits (ASICs) and application-specific standard products (ASSPs). ZMD’s advanced circuit-design expertise allows the company to offer ICs with operating temperatures as high as +160 degrees C, and voltages from 0.85 V to 40 V. Headquartered in Dresden, Germany, ZMD has 250 employees worldwide and serves customers from the company’s offices in Melville, NY; Stuttgart, Germany; Newcastle, England; Paris, France; Tokyo, Japan, Hsinchu City, Taiwan and Bangalore, India. ZMD operates design centers in Dresden and Stuttgart, Germany; Melville, NY, and Madison, WI.