Distributor of interconnect, passive and electromechanical components and power supplies, Avnet Abacus, a business unit of Avnet Electronics Marketing EMEA, has added to its portfolio the new infrared sensor of matrix of 64 Thermopylae for detection of temperature without contact Grid-EYE of Panasonic, which incorporates cutting-edge sensing technology.

AVA015 infrared Sensor

Avnet Abacus has announced the availability of Grid-EYE, a new sensor for array infrared passive developed by Panasonic Electric Works, division of industrial devices of Panasonic Corporation. The Grid-EYE, which is based on Panasonic's advanced MEMS technology, is characterized by having 64 elements of thermopile in a 8 x 8 matrix format and by combining a thermistor and an integrated circuit (IC) to enable sensing of temperature in a tiny package of 11.6 x 4.3 x 8 mm (SMT) surface mount Unlike Pyro sensors or single thermopile that only record the temperature at a given point of contact, the Grid-EYE detects it in the specified area.

The new sensor can use detection infrared passive to establish the difference of temperature and check multiple objects simultaneously. It is also possible to measure the current value and temperature gradients in order to offer thermal imaging and identify the direction of the movement of people or objects. The range of 64 pixels provides a precise sensing of temperature (in the range from - 20 to + 100 ° C) with an angle of 60° by means of a silicone lens.

The Grid-EYE also stands for I²C communication interface that achieves a speed measuring 1 or 10 frames per second, interrupt function and an operating voltage of 3.3 to 5 V. Therefore, the new sensor is ideal in a large number of applications such as home appliances, industrial automation, security systems, digital signage, motion control devices and healthcare.


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