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Maxim rolls out Compact, Low Power Industrial Smart Force Sensor


Maxim’s new MAXREFDES82# is touted to be featuring a next generation industrial, smart force sensor. Mounted on a quadrant of load cells channeled into a multi-channel, 24-bit analog-to-digital converter (ADC), MAXREFDES82# senses weight and center of mass for objects placed on the platform.

The scale provides full-scale responses up to 780g. The user interface provides an active display of center of mass on the platform, as well as total measured weight. Known to be multi-faceted, the smart force sensors designs works seamlessly as a ruggedized touch interface with force sensing consuming a mere 50mA during normal operation and features a USB interface for quick evaluation and integration.

Key Features

  • 3D Human Interface Input
  • High Precision Weigh Scale
  • Low Power ADC
  • Compact

Competitive Advantages

  • Rugged, Cost Effective, Flexible 3D Human-Interface Input Device
  • High Precision, High Resolution Measurements
  • Fast, Low-Power Data Acquisition


  • 3D Human Interface Input Device
  • Battery-Powered Instrumentation
  • Industrial Control and Measurement

The board is designed in a compact form factor for rapid evaluation or installation. Refer to the Details tab for more information on the reference design. Design files and firmware can be downloaded from the Design Resources tab.

Lastly, built with a plastic plate, the system ideally meets the needs of industrial human machine interfaces (HMI).

Availability and Pricing

The MAXREFDES82# reference design is available for $99 at Maxim’s website and select franchised distributors. Hardware and firmware design files, as well as test data, are provided free and available online.


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