Process Industries

ZMDI Offers Rugged Actuator-Sensor Interface

May 10, 2012

The ASI4U-F IC is well suited for AS-I applications in harsh industrial automation environments, in temperatures as low as –40°C.

DRESDEN, Germany /PRNewswire/ - Zentrum Mikroelektronik Dresden AG (ZMDI), a Dresden-based semiconductor company that specializes in enabling energy-efficient solutions, announces an additional member of its AS-Interface IC family, the ASI4U-F. A global supplier of analog and mixed-signal solutions for automotive, industrial, medical, information technology, and consumer applications, ZMDI is very proud to present the ASI4U-F, which is perfect for extremely cold and harsh environments for both process and factory automation applications. It can easily be used at ambient temperatures ranging from –40°C to 85°C, which minimizes extensive and costly module tests.

The low-level field bus Actuator Sensor Interface (AS-I) is designed for easy, safe, and cost-effective interconnection of sensors, actuators, and switches. It transports both power and data over the same two-wire unshielded cable, which is typically yellow. Bi-directional data exchange between one master and up to 62 slaves is possible.

The "F" version of the ASI4U is functionally and pin-compatible with ZMDI's ASI4U family in SSOP28 package, and it conforms to the AS-Interface Specification 3.0. ZMDI AS-Interface development tools support the ASI4U-F.

"As the AS-I market grows, the operating environment requirements for our ICs increase as well. ZMDI has been quick to react to customer demands by implementing this IC in its product portfolio. An example of application areas may include freezing plants or production equipment in extremely cold environments," said Bernhard Huber, Business Line Manager for Power and Analog Products at ZMDI.

The unit price starts at €5,97/$8.06 in volumes of 1000 devices, and the IC is available for volume production.

Benefits and Features of the ASI4U-F:

  • Supports the AS-I Complete Specification 3.0
  • Excellent for extremely cold temperatures and harsh environments, –40°C to 85°C
  • Saves extensive and costly module tests for applications subject to frost
  • Flexible, separated I/Os
  • Small SSOP28 package

About ZMDI
Zentrum Mikroelektronik Dresden AG (ZMDI) is a global supplier of analog and mixed-signal semiconductors solutions for automotive, industrial, medical, information technology, and consumer applications. These solutions enable our customers to create the most energy-efficient products in power management, lighting, and sensors.

For over 50 years, ZMDI has been globally headquartered in Dresden, Germany. With over 300 employees worldwide, ZMDI serves its customers with sales offices and design centers throughout Germany, Italy, Bulgaria, France, the UK, Japan, Korea, Taiwan, and the U.S.

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