1 Reply Latest reply on Aug 10, 2017 4:45 AM by gani

    Designing a proximity sensor

    aman.gg23_2615886

      Hello, 

      I am aman garg, a research scholar at Indian Institute Of Technology Kanpur (university). We are here working on a new technology for which we require proximity sensor to detect distance between the jaws of a microgripper. I have attached the microgripper design as the attachment. 

      I have been reading the design guidelines for using capsense technology for proximity sensors and need your help in deciding which PSoC part will be possible in my design case. I have a few  questions:- 

      1. what is the least count of distance measurement that I can do with capsense ?
      2. Which PSoc will be ideal for my design conditions?

        • 1. Re: Designing a proximity sensor
          gani

          Hi Aman,

             

          1. what is the least count of distance measurement that I can do with capsense ?

             

          --> The basic principle of PSoC CapSense is to measure the capacitance of the sensor as well as to detect the change in capacitance of the sensor with respect to the ground. Basically the change in capacitance of the sensor that can be detected can be guaranteed up to 0.1 pF. So based on the change in sensor parasitic capacitance you can be able to detect the distance.

             

          As per our recommendation please make sure that the parasitic capacitance of the sensors should be in the range of 5-45pF. Please note that you have to put the sensor dimensions in such a way that the minimum distance you want to measure will make a minimum of 0.1pF change in capacitance.

             

          2. Which PSoC will be ideal for my design conditions?

             

          --> You can go with PSoC 4000S/4100S device which contains the latest CapSense IP. The datasheets for those devices can be obtained from the links below.

             

          http://www.cypress.com/file/230631/download

             

          http://www.cypress.com/file/230626/download

             

          Thanks,

             

          Ganesh.