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Honeywell Launches HumidIcon Sensors

October 31, 2013

The devices integrate temperature and humidity sensing elements, cutting costs, time to market, and board space requirements.

MINNEAPOLIS - Honeywell announced that the new HumidIcon series sensors (6000, 7000, 8000, and 9000)—a combination of digital output relative humidity (RH) and thermal sensor solutions—are now available. Primarily targeting medical, HVAC, and industrial applications, these new sensors offer industry-leading, long-term accuracy, stability, and reliability plus true, temperature-compensated digital I2C or SPI output. The HumidIcon sensors provide a cost-effective solution for device and system developers who want to reduce design time and time to market and save space on the board.

The Honeywell HumidIcon sensor's proven accuracy eliminates the need for individual test and calibration because there is no part-to-part variation in accuracy, which shortens manufacturing time. Industry-leading, long-term stability helps support system uptime by eliminating the need to service or replace the sensor during its application life, and it eliminates the need to regularly recalibrate the sensor in the application, which can be inconvenient and costly. "Competitive humidity sensors require a 12 hr. at 75% RH rehydration process (which requires special equipment chambers) to correct reflow temperature offset." Honeywell's sensor only requires a 5 hr. rehydration under ambient conditions (>50% RH).

True, temperature-compensated digital I2C or SPI output allows the customer to remove the components associated with signal conditioning from the PCB to free up space and reduce the costs associated with those components (e.g., acquisition, inventory, and assembly). True, temperature-compensated digital I2C or SPI output also often eliminates problems stemming from the presence of multiple signal conditioning components across the PCB and simplifies integration with the microprocessor, eliminating the need for customer-implemented, complex signal conditioning.

The HumidIcon Series (6000, 7000, 8000, and 9000) offers customers the ability to choose the housing style (SIP 4-Pin or SOIC-8 SMD), filter (hydrophobic filter or no filter), output (I2C or SPI), and packaging (tape and boxed, tape and reel, or samples on tape). Refer to the HumidIcon data sheets for information regarding specifications for each.

"Honeywell's HumidIcon Series delivers the lowest total cost solution due to the sensor's industry-leading combined humidity/temperature sensor," said Jacqueline Leff, Honeywell Senior Global Product Marketing Manager. "It allows the RH measurement to be temperature compensated and provides a second standalone temperature sensor output, allowing the user to purchase one sensor instead of two."

Get more information on the new Value Add Program, visit the company's Web site.

About Honeywell International
Honeywell International is a Fortune 100 diversified technology and manufacturing leader, serving customers worldwide with aerospace products and services; control technologies for buildings, homes, and industry; turbochargers; and performance materials, based in Morris Township, NJ.

About Honeywell Sensing and Control
Honeywell Sensing and Control is a leading global supplier of custom-engineered sensors, switches, machine safeguarding, and other devices that offer enhanced precision, repeatability, and durability to a variety of original equipment manufacturing applications across the medical, industrial, transportation, aerospace, and test and measurement segments. For more news and information on Honeywell Sensing and Control, please visit the company's Web site.

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