IR array sensor eval kit promotes wireless IoT apps

IR array sensor eval kit promotes wireless IoT apps

Panasonic Automotive & Industrial Systems is launching a Grid-EYE Infrared (IR) Array sensor Evaluation Kit that combines the company's nanopower PAN1740 Bluetooth Smart module and a microcontroller on one PCB.
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By combining its new IR sensor technology with Bluetooth technology and software (including basic API and image processing) for IR detection of people and objects on one board, Panasonic hopes its customers will develop rapid prototypes and quickly build their own wireless sensor IoT applications.

Panasonic has developed a PC software and a smartphone app for customers to test its sensor in different ways with various applications. Based on Panasonic’s MEMS technology, Grid-EYE combines the MEMS sensor chip, a digital ASIC (I2C interface) and a silicon lens. It has 64 thermopile elements in an 8 x 8 grid format that detect absolute surface temperature without any contact.

Unlike conventional sensors, Grid-EYE uses a patented 60° silicon lens etched out of a silicon wafer, which is (with less than 0.3mm height) the smallest available lens in the market. The combination of these modern and sophisticated technologies from Panasonic enables to reduce the sensor package size to only 11.6 x 8 x 4.3 mm, around 70% smaller in size than competing products.

Compared to pyroelectric sensors, it is not only possible to detect moving people and objects but also the position and presence of motionless people and objects, the direction of movements and the accurate surface temperature from -20°C up to +100°C.

The 9.0 x 9.5 x 1.8-mm Bluetooth module in the evaluation kit, PAN1740 (P/N ENW89846A1KF) is a single-mode Bluetooth Smart system-on-chip module optimized for low power (only 4.9 mA in transmit or receive). The SMD component benefits from a fully shielded case, chip antenna, and integrated crystal oscillators.

GRID-EYE infrared array sensor information page
GRID-EYE infrared array sensor product brief (PDF)
PAN1740 Series information page

Visit Panasonic Automotive & Industrial Systems at https://www.panasonic.com/global/corporate/ais.html

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