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New Evaluation Kit Combines IR Sensor Technology with Bluetooth

18 October 2017

Mouser Electronics is now stocking the Grid-EYE® evaluation kit from Panasonic. By combining Grid-EYE infrared (IR) sensor technology with the Bluetooth® technology and software for IR detection of people and objects on one board, the kit enables engineers to develop rapid prototypes of wireless sensor internet of things (IoT) applications. Engineers can use this board in a standalone mode or connect it to an Arduino-compatible board to work with different interfaces.

Source: MouserSource: Mouser

The Panasonic Grid-EYE evaluation kit combines a Grid-EYE high-performance IR array sensor, a nanopower Panasonic PAN1740 Bluetooth Smart module, and a Microchip SAM D21 microcontroller in a single programmable circuit board (PCB). The Grid-EYE sensor offers high accuracy, enhanced resolution and long detection distance. The sensor integrates a sensitive MEMs sensor chip, a digital application-specific integrated circuit (ASIC) resolution, and long detection distance. The sensor integrates a sensitive microelectromechanical-systems (MEMS) sensor chip, a digital ASIC (I²C interface) and a silicon lens. The sensor features 64 thermopile elements in an 8-by-8 grid format that detects absolute surface temperature without any contact. Unlike conventional sensors, Grid-EYE uses a patented 60-degree silicon lens etched out of a silicon wafer at less than 0.3 millimeters, one of the smallest available in the market.

The Panasonic PAN1740 is a single-model Bluetooth module optimized for low power that features a fully shielded case, integrated chip antenna and onboard crystal oscillators. The modules draw only 4.9 milliamps in transmitting or receive mode, allowing the use of coin cell batteries with no reduction of signal range or transmit power. The onboard Microchip ATSMD21TG18 microcontroller features 256 kilobytes of flash and 32 kilobytes of SRAM, support for USB 2.0 host and device and an event system for inter-peripheral signaling.

Along with the Grid-EYE evaluation kit, engineers can use the Maxim Integrated MAXREFDES130# Building Automation Shield and MAXREFDES131# Evaluation Kit with an onboard Grid-EYE sensor to prototype designs that incorporate detection of multiple persons, identification of positions, and direction of movement. The contactless Grid-EYE sensors enable high-performance measurements for security household applications, lighting control, industrial controls and other applications.

To learn more about this new evaluation kit, visit the Mouser site.

To contact the author of this article, email Siobhan.Treacy@ieeeglobalspec.com


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