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Sensors are the electronics needed to detect or identify an object. A variety of technology is used that include inductive, magneto-resistive and optical to name a few. IO-Link is the new industrial communication standard that connects the control unit to the sensors. The standard is backwards compatible with the commonly used binary switch signaling. These new capabilities are beneficial to the end user for remote diagnostics and configuration. To sensor designers, size is important to integrating the IO-Link capability. Strong focus has been put on saving board space.

Temperature Sensing

There is a wide range of temperature sensing applications that call for many design alternatives. This offers solutions for building thermal sensing signal chains using thermal sensors. To design a thermal sensing, determining the temperature range that must be sensed is usually the first step, as well as the operating environment. The next step is to choose from 4 types of thermal sensors: silicon, thermistor, RTD and thermocouple. Abacus carries either signal chain solutions or integrated ICs that provides an analog or digital communication path back to the control device.

The Abacus Technology


Abacus has the largest selection of semiconductor products. We have more than 30 years of experience supplying the global market with a diverse product offering, excellent service and a large inventory spread across six locations in the United States and United Kingdom. We're the preferred vendors for many high-profile OEM's and CM's but also versatile enough to serve our smaller customers.

At Abacus, we pride ourselves on fast delivery, diverse product offerings and excellent customer service. You can count on Abacus for your electronic component needs.