Sensitec is increasing the sensor efficiency by means of various design modifications to the chip layout. The patented solutions, described more closely below, also contribute to better signal quality, reduced sensitivity to stray fields and increased control accuracy.
FixPitch sensors are adjusted to the pole lengths of the measurement scale, i.e. MR strips are geometrically coordinated to a specific pole length. The sine and cosine signals are generated by distributing the Wheatstone bridge resistors along the single pole. This geometric arrangement contributes to the suppression of the harmonics and a reduction in the sensitivity to stray fields. This optimizes the linearity of the sensor.
The PerfectWave design is applied in order to optimize the signal quality of the FreePitch sensors. The MR strips that serve as resistors have a curved form which is used to filter the harmonics when mapping the magnetic field direction in an electric signal. This filtering is implemented using the special geometry and arrangement of the MR strips and does not cause any additional signal propagation delay. The PerfectWave design is particularly effective for small magnetic fields and results in improved linearity, higher accuracy and better signal quality.