Silicon Designs Announces Triaxial Measurement Capabilities for MEMS Capacitive Accelerometers
Silicon Designs, Inc. (www.silicondesigns.com), a 100% veteran owned small business and leading industry expert in the design, development and manufacture of highly rugged industrial-grade MEMS capacitive accelerometer chips and modules, today announced the added versatility of its Model 2210 Series, to include measurement capabilities on one, two, or three orthogonal axes.
Low-noise single axis Model 2210 accelerometer modules integrate a MEMS capacitive accelerometer chip with high-drive, low-impedance buffering for reliable, repeatable measurements. When used with a Silicon Designs mounting block, such as the Model 2330-BLK, the Model 2210 can effectively measure on either one, two, or three axes, allowing for the specification of a single part number for multiple requirements, thereby reducing in-house inventory counts.
Offered in ranges from ±2 to ±400 g, the Silicon Designs Model 2210 Series generates two analog voltage outputs which vary in response to applied acceleration. Customers can utilize either single-ended or differential output, the latter of which doubles accelerometer sensitivity over single-ended versions. The sensitive axis of the Model 2210 is perpendicular to the package bottom, with positive acceleration defined as a force pushing on the bottom of that package. Output scale factor is independent from the supply voltage of +8 to +32V. At zero acceleration, differential output voltage is nominally 0 VDC; at full scale, ±4 VDC.
The MEMS capacitive sense element contained within each Silicon Designs Model 2210 series accelerometer is further packaged within a compact, lightweight, anodized epoxy sealed aluminum housing, occupying a total footprint of just one square inch. This robust accelerometer module design further features a simple four-wire connection and internal voltage regulator, thereby ensuring the minimization of supply voltage variation effects. Series units are also relatively insensitive to temperature changes and feature quick, easy, self-calibration. In addition, all Silicon Designs MEMS capacitive accelerometer modules and chips are 100% designed, developed and manufactured in-house at the company’s own global corporate headquarters and R&D center, located just outside of Seattle, Washington, USA. Each unit undergoes rigorous quality testing prior to shipment. Model 2210 Series MEMS capacitive accelerometer modules from Silicon Designs are ideal for lower-frequency vibration and acceleration measurements, including those found within industrial vibration analysis, machinery control, modal analysis, factory robotics instrumentation, and crash testing. For details, drawings or additional information, visit www.silicondesigns.com.
About Silicon Designs, Inc. Silicon Designs was founded in 1983 with the goal of improving the accepted design standard for traditional MEMS capacitive accelerometers. At that time, industrial-grade accelerometers were bulky, fragile and costly. The engineering team at Silicon Designs listened to the needs of customers who required more compact, sensitive, rugged and reasonably priced accelerometer modules and chips, though which also offered higher performance. Resultant product lines were designed and built to surpass customer expectations. The company has grown steadily over the years, while its core competency remains accelerometers, with the core business philosophies of “make it better, stronger, smaller and less expensive” and “let the customer drive R&D” maintained to this day.
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