The IC senses the angular position of a permanent magnet placed above the chip. The permanent magnet must be diametrically polarized and of cylindrical shape.
The AM512B uses Hall sensor technology to detect the magnetic flux density distribution at the surface of the silicon. Hall sensors are placed in a circular array around the center of the IC and deliver a voltage representation of magnetic field distribution.
The sine and cosine voltage outputs from the sensor array vary with magnet position. The sine and cosine signals are then converted to absolute angle position with a fast nine bit flash interpolator.
The absolute angle position value from the interpolator is output through a parallel binary interface or a serial SSI interface or a linear voltage output. The relative changes of angle position are output through incremental A QUAD B encoder signals. The resolution of incremental output is 512 counts per turn.