The device contains a durable temperature sensor element, A/D converter, and microcontroller to manage data communications via an I2C interface. TSYS03 is available in a TDFN8 or a XDFN6 package to easily adapt to the space available on a PC board. These packages are very small and have low thermal mass which provides a quick response to temperature changes. The operating and measurement temperature range is -40 to +125°C with a resolution of ±0.01°C. Operating and sleep currents are extremely low making this sensor ideal for mobile and battery power applications.
In this episode of our SMARTER WITH SENSORS video series our technical sensor expert will introduce the TSYS03 digital temperature sensor. Watch this short video to learn about the range applications where the TSYS03 is used, technical details, how the digital temperature sensor works and more.
Welcome to the first “Smarter with Sensors” videos, my name is Devin Brock, Manager for Product Knowledge and Training from TE Connectivity Sensor Solutions.
1) Demand for Digital Sensors is Growing
Why is it a trend?
The global sensor market is poised for explosive growth in the near future. According to Market Research Future (MRFR) the global sensor market is expected to grow to approximately $266.27 billion by the end of 2023 with a compound annual growth rate (CAGR pronounced “cag-er”) of 11.6% during the forecast period of 2017-2023. The forecast for digital sensors vary to some extent, but is generally expected to grow faster than the overall sensors market and twice the rate of the overall industrial market.
2) Technology Comparison
So, why are digital sensors growing in popularity? There are a variety of advantages that digital sensors and, specifically, digital temperature sensors, have over their analog counterparts. First of all, from an accuracy standpoint, the total system accuracy for analog temperature sensors such as NTC thermistors and RTDs includes not only the errors associated with the sensor itself but also must include errors associated with the circuitry used to read the sensor including pull-up resistors, A to D converters and amplifiers and others. For a digital sensor, the system accuracy is the sensor accuracy as the sensor returns a single value for its reading. Next, looking at power usage, most analog sensors are always “ON” and the voltage divider or constant current circuit is always drawing a significant amount of power from the system. A digital sensor, on the other hand, is typically very low power and most can be put into a sleep mode and will only “wake up” as needed to generate a reading, further conserving power in the system making them ideal for battery powered applications. Digital sensors also offer better data reliability as digital data is either valid or null and most sensors have self diagnostic features to further enhance the reliability of the data. The data quality of analog sensors, on the other hand, is susceptible to circuit noise, A to D conversion and the reliability can degrade over time due contact and lead resistance as well as drift of the sensing element. From an integration standpoint, analog sensors require extensive external circuitry, look-up tables and system validation while digital sensors provide data with a simple I/O call and a straightforward data conversion. Finally, from a cost to accuracy perspective, analog sensors require external circuitry, a stable voltage supply and a quality A to D converter in order to obtain accurate readings. The overall system cost and accuracies for analog sensors has remained relatively stable with incremental improvements. Digital temperature sensors, on the other hand, have seen a dramatic improvement in accuracy in recent years and their cost has declined significantly as digital sensor field has continued to evolve
3) Digital Temperature Sensors TSYS Series Application
3.1 HVACR Systems
There are a range of applications where the TSYS03 is well suited including HVACR systems. These systems require accurate temperature data in order to ensure a comfortable environment for people in homes and workplaces. The TSY03 is ideal as it provides accurate temperature data with no need for calibration and provides true plug and play operation as it connects directly to and I2C bus with a simple command set that simplifies programming
3.2 Healthcare Systems
Digital temperature sensors like the TSYS03 can also play a pivotal role in a range of healthcare applications. Its small size and high accuracy provide critical temperature information in a variety of medical applications. The TSYS03 provides data in a direct digital format and combines a temperature sensing element along with and A to D converter, amplifier and interface circuitry that allows for direct connection to an I2C bus
3.3 Mobile Devices
Another application are that is well suited for the TSYS03 is for mobile devices and fitness wearables. The tiny footprint of the TSYS03 minimizes board real estate and its low power consumption and the ability to utilize sleep mode operation makes it ideal for battery powered applications and anywhere, where power usage is important
3.4 Weather Stations
Weather stations, both commercial and residential are another area where the TSYS03 can be utilized. Its wide operating temperature range from -40C to +125C and high accuracy make it well suited for outdoor and cost critical applications
3.5 Automotive Comfort Systems
Automotive comfort systems are another application area where the TSYS03 is well suited. The operating temperature range fits the needs of the automotive industry and its small size allows it to be integrated into tight spaces and respond quickly to changes in temperature
4) Product Description
TE Connectivity’s TSYS03 series of Digital Temperature Sensors are designed to provide very accurate temperature measurements in a miniature TDFN8 or ultra-small XDFN6 surface mount package with very low power requirements. These sensors are factory calibrated and are available with an I2C digital output and operate over a wide temperature range from -40°C to +125°C. They work over a wide voltage range and a programmable I2C address allows multiple TSYS03 sensors to operate on the same I2C bus. 16 bits of resolution and an accuracy of ±0.5°C make this sensor ideal for a wide range of applications
5) How It Works
The TSYS03 is a full-digital temperature sensor in a miniature TDFN8 package with dimensions of 2.5 x 2.5 x 0.75mm or an even smaller XDFN6 package with dimensions or 1.5 x 1.5 x 0.38mm
Here’s how it works…
Digital temperature sensors provide a number of advantages over other temperature sensing technologies including a simplified interface, better overall system accuracy, low power operation and competitive pricing. The small size of this digital temperature sensor enables a faster thermal response time which translates into faster temperature readings. The TSYS03, with its improved ASIC design and reduced package size enables exceptional price-to-performance ratio.
The digital temperature sensor resolution is <0.01°C.
The TSYS03 temperature measurement and operating range is covered from minimum -40°C to maximum +125°C
There're two different sizes available for the TSYS03 version TDFN8 (2,5mm x 2,5mm) and XDFN6 (1,5mm x 1,5mm), ideal for installations with a PCBA space constraints.
Yes, the TSYS03 sensors are RoHS and REACH complaint.
There's no firmware or app needed for set up; these can be interfaced to microcontrollers using an I²C interface.
This is not necessary, the TSYS03 Die Attach Pad direclty can be soldered to a copper plain of the PCB.
The TSYS03 digital temperature sensors can be delivered pre-configured (with I²C-address) on request.
Yes, the TSYS03 can be configured with different I²C adresses, please refer to our Programming an alternative I²C-address application note to learn more.
Yes, the TSYS03 can be hand soldered but we do not recommend it due to it's small size.
TSYS03 is part of the TSYS series which covers a wide offereing of digital temperature sensors. For applications with space constraints such as consumer goods TSYS03, is the best choice on the other hand for medical or clinical, with high precision requirement the TSYS01 will be recommended.
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