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Universal Frequency-to-Digital Converters UFDC-1 and UFDC-1M-16
are now in Europe



20 December 2010, Barcelona, Spain – Technology Assistance BCNA 2010 S. L., a spin-off SME, has announced a starting of production and distribution of popular IC of Universal Frequency-to-Digital Converter UFDC-1 and its high speed version UFDC-1M-16 for the first time in Europe.


Both ICs are fully digital, CMOS, two-cannel universal frequency-to-digital converters that can work with any sensors from frequency-time signal domain group and convert frequency, period, its ratio and difference, duty-cycle, duty-off factor, PWM signal, time interval, pulse width and space, rotation speed, pulse number and phase shift - to - digital.


The UFDC-1 and UFDC-1M-16 have a high and constant selectable accuracy (programmable from 1 to 0.001 %) in a wide frequency range up to 7.5 MHz (120 MHz), scalable resolution from to 2.5´10-7 Hz to 45 Hz and non-redundant conversion time. Both ICs can work in 16 measuring and one generating (8 MHz, quartz stabilized rectangular pulses) modes and have 3 popular serial interfaces: RS232 (including a master communication mode in order to work independently without any external microcontroller), I2C and SPI. The main differences between the UFDC-1 and UFDC-1M-16 chips are low frequency range 0.05 Hz vs.1 Hz and conversion time (0.0002 s ... 0.2 s) vs. (6.25 ms ...6.25 ms) respectively. These outstanding features at competitive pricing are achieved by the first time in the World due to novel, advanced, patentable conversion methods for frequency-time parameters of signals.


ICs are available in three packages in a 28-lead (0.300"/7.62 mm Wide) Plastic Dual Inline Package (PDIP); 32-lead (7 x 7 mm Body Size, 1.0 mm Body Thickness, 0.8 mm Lead Pitch) small Thin Profile Plastic Quad Flat Package (TQFP); and 32-pad (5 x 5 x 1.0 mm Body, Lead Pitch 0.50 mm, 3.10 mm Exposed Pad), Micro Lead Frame Package (MLF). The miniaturized package lets to use such ICs in different pen-size measuring instruments and built it in various digital sensors and transducers in order to convert frequency-time parameters of electrical signals of sensing elements to digital similar like ADC converts a voltage or current to digital for analog sensor’s output. This device can also be supplied in wafer form.


“Our main goal on European market is not only production and distribution of these integrated circuits but also design various sensor systems, including intelligent sensor systems based on these promised components and on customers demands,” – said Mr. Javier Cañete – a company CEO. “A customers support is our priority mission. In addition to technical help and consulting it includes also an IC custom design in order to meet customers’ requirements in full. This ensures that all solutions are custom tailored and represent the state-of-the-art in ultra-precise measurement technology for frequency-time parameters of signals.” – added Mr. Cañete.


The ICs can also work with any voltage and current output sensors. It this case, any voltage–to-frequency converter (VFC) can be used.


The development kit including a development board EVAL UFDC-1/UFDC-1M-16 and software is also available from the Technology Assistance BCNA 2010 S. L.


Typical applications are included but not restricted by the following:

  • Physical and Chemical Sensor Systems

  • Digital Sensors

  • Smart and Intelligent Sensors and Systems

  • Low Power Nodes for Wireless Sensor Networks

  • Industrial and Process Control

  • Data Acquisition Systems

  • Instrumentations (tachometers and tachometric systems, desktop universal frequency counters, multimeters for frequency-time parameters of electric signals)

  • Customer Electronics

  • Automotive (rotation speed control, ABS, etc.)

  • Communications

  • Advanced ADCs using intermediate voltage-to-frequency converters


Distributors are welcome. For further information about ICs UFDC-1 and UFDC-1M-16 and orders please visit http://www.techassist2010.com or e-mail to info@techassist2010.com

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Technology Assistance BCNA 2010 S. L.

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08014 Barcelona, Spain

Tel.: +34 680 282 682

E-mail: info@techassist2010.com

Web: http://www.techassist2010.com




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