The use of mixed signal ASICs to provide an optimised solution is becoming more prevalent in industrial and automotive applications. The sensor interface where signal conversion of sensor data occurs and the analysis, control and transmission of it is controlled, is where the Swindon expertise comes to the fore. The intelligent sensor is being utilised in many existing and emerging applications and the dynamic development of ASIC solutions is driving the future for us all.
On this page we highlight some of the mixed signal ASIC designs that Swindon are currently working on or have recently completed and are already in production and being supplied in volume.
Due to the confidentiality of all the projects that Swindon undertakes, we cannot share technical or design data. This confidentiality is crucial to protect our customers’ commercial and technological advantage, which is core to the ASIC business model.
Battery Management Systems
Battery Management Systems (BMS) manages a rechargeable battery (cell or battery pack), for use in varied applications such as Electric Vehicles (EV), electric transportation such as marine and heavy goods vehicles and Energy Storage Systems (ESS) for use on the electricity grid.
They are used to protect the battery from operating outside its safe operating area, monitoring its State of Charge (SOC) and Sate of Health (SOH) by measuring voltage, current and temperature of each induvial cell, calculating and reporting the measured data, controlling its environment, authenticating it and / or balancing it.
Swindon is working with a known leader in the development of BMS solutions for the automotive and industrial market.
Optical Image Sensing – Machine Vision Sensors IC
There has been a huge increase in automation across several industries which has further increased the demand for optical image sensors. Technological breakthroughs have assisted the advancement of new optical image sensors that have made the overall processes more efficient and significantly improve accuracy across various applications.
Swindon is currently working with a world leader in precision on an Optical Image Sensor project that will be utilised in machine vision applications.
Magnetic Sensor Interface – Encoder ASICs
Magnetic sensors use Hall Effect and magneto resisitive and magneto restrictive techniques and they measure the strength of the magnetic field to provide location information. They are commonly used in applications such as factory automation and lighting.
Swindon is partnered with a global automation equipment manufacturer to provide innovative ASICs for their positional encoders used in factory automation applications.
Acoustic Sensor Interface – Hearing Protection ASIC
Everyone is familiar with microphones and speakers, but today these sensors can take many different forms and can measure things such as wave (amplitude, phase, and polarisation), wave velocity and spectrum.
Swindon is partnered with a leading headset manufacturer to provide a state of the art noise cancelling solution for an industrial headset, which is used in many spheres of operation including Formula One (F1) motor racing.