Hall Current 7 Click is a compact add-on board that provides economical and precise solutions for AC or DC current sensing. This board features the ACS770, a thermally enhanced, fully integrated, Hall effect-based high precision linear current sensor with 100µΩ current conductor from Allegro MicroSystems. Applied current flows directly into the integrated conductor generating a magnetic field, and an integrated low-hysteresis core concentrates the magnetic field sensed by the Hall element with a typical accuracy of ±1% and 120 kHz bandwidth. This Click board™ is suitable for applications like motor control, load detection and management, DC-to-DC converter control, and similar applications that require accurate and reliable current sensing.
Hall Current 7 Click is supported by a mikroSDK compliant library, which includes functions that simplify software development.
DO NOT TOUCH THE BOARD WHILE THE EXTERNAL POWER SUPPLY IS ON!
Note: This Click board™ needs to be used by trained personnel only while applying high voltages. Special care should be taken when working with hazardous voltage levels.
Hall Current 7 Click is based on the ACS770, a thermally enhanced, fully integrated, Hall effect-based high precision linear current sensor with 100µΩ current conductor from Allegro MicroSystems. This Hall-effect current sensor eliminates the need for a sense-resistor. The current flows directly into the integrated conductor, generating a magnetic field that will be measured. As current flows in its integrated conductor, an integrated low-hysteresis core concentrates the magnetic field that is then sensed by the Hall element with a typical accuracy of ±1% and 120 kHz bandwidth. This core also acts as a magnetic shield, rejecting external stray fields. The integrated conductor has 100μΩ resistance, providing ultralow-power loss.
The thickness of the copper conductor allows the survival of the device at high overcurrent conditions. The terminals of the conductive path are electrically isolated from the signal leads. This allows the ACS770 to be used in applications requiring electrical isolation without the use of optoisolators or other costly isolation techniques. The ACS770 outputs an analog signal that varies linearly with the bidirectional AC or DC primary sampled current. The analog signal is then brought to the analog to digital converter (ADC) that converts the output signal from the ACS770 into a digital value, which is available over the I2C interface.
Hall Current 7 Click communicates with MCU through the MCP3221, a successive approximation A/D converter with a 12-bit resolution from Microchip, using a 2-wire I2C compatible interface. This device provides one single-ended input with very low-power consumption, a low maximum conversion current, and a Standby current of 250 μA and 1 μA, respectively. Data can be transferred at rates of up to 100 kbit/s in the Standard and up to 400 kbit/s in the Fast Mode. Also, maximum sample rates of 22.3 kSPS with the MCP3221 are possible in a Continuous-Conversion Mode with a clock rate of 400 kHz.
This Click board™ is designed to operate with both 3.3V and 5V logic voltage levels selected via the VCC SEL jumper. It allows for both 3.3V and 5V capable MCUs to use the I2C communication lines properly. However, the Click board™ comes equipped with a library that contains easy to use functions and an example code which can be used, as a reference, for further development.
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