The magnetic Sensor Programmer targets the HAL 18xy, HAL/R 24xy, HAL 28xy, and HAL/R/C 37xy Hall-effect sensors and upcoming angular sensors

By Warren Miller, contributing writer

TDK Corp. recently
announced the availability of a new programming tool — the Magnetic Sensor
Programmer (MSP) V1.0 — for its existing line of Hall-effect sensors. The MSP
V1.0 is the optimal tool for programming TDK-Micronas’ HAL 18xy, HAL/R 24xy,
HAL28xy, and HAL/R/C 37xy sensors — as well as angular sensors still in
development — that are chiefly implemented in automotive applications for
position detection or angle measurement.

The Magnetic
Sensor Programmer (MSP) V1.0 replaces the APB 1.5 and joins the existing
programmer line that includes the USB-Programming Kit V1.01 and the

Compared to
previous iterations of TDK’s sensor programmers, the MSP V1.0 can drive higher
currents and manage Micronas’ newest sensors with the PSI5 output. The
programmer is accompanied by TDK software for interfacing with a PC, allowing
designers to utilize more case-specific PC software for their application’s

Each family of Hall-effect
sensors is paired with its own software including a graphical user interface
based on LabView for easier programming. MSP V1.0 is backwardly compatible with
all previous versions of TDK programming software, making it simple for
developers to upgrade.

Hall-effect sensors are implemented in a variety of automotive environments
such as accelerator pedals, transmission gear assemblies, exhaust gas
recirculation, and steering-angle applications. They are also found in
industrial electronics applications such as joysticks and rocker switches and are
commonly used for current and position measurement.

The MSP V1.0 is
currently available for purchase at

software for each of TDK-Micronas’ sensor families is available for free. After
registration, the software can be downloaded at the company’s online service
portal at