Bosch Sensortec Introduces Integrated Environmental Unit

Bosch Sensortec announces a world first in sensor technology: the BME280 Integrated Environmental Unit combines sensors for pressure, humidity and temperature in a single package.

Bosch Sensortec’s BME280 sensor combines pressure, humidity and temperatur measurement. First Integrated Environmental Unit supports many emerging smartphone applications such as home automation control and innovative sport and fitness use cases.

This unique sensor has been developed to support a broad range of emerging high performance applications such as indoor navigation, home automation control, personalized weather stations and innovative sport and fitness applications. The precise altitude measurement function of the BME280 is a key requirement in applications such as indoor navigation with floor tracking where exceptional accuracy, low temperature drift and high resolution are needed. Additionally, the BME280 has a best-in-class response time of just one second for humidity determination, excellent ambient temperature measurement and low energy consumption.

More precise measurement at lowest power consumption

With a small footprint of just 2.5 x 2.5 mm2 and a height of 0.93 mm in a space-saving 8-pin LGA package, the sensor offers high design flexibility and is ideally suited for mobile devices with limited space such as smartphones, tablets, smart watches and electronic wristbands. Very low current consumption of only 3.6 µA (at 1 Hz) makes the BME280 Integrated Environmental Unit particularly suitable for battery-driven applications. Three power modes and separately configurable oversampling rates for pressure and temperature measurements allow designers to adapt the BME280 to a wide range of use cases.

The humidity sensor within the Integrated Environmental Unit measures relative humidity (0% to 100%) across a wide temperature range from -40°C to +85°C with a fast response time of less than 1 second. The humidity measurement accuracy is ±3% with a hysteresis of 2% or better, and the temperature reading accuracy is within 0.5°C.

The BME280 offers excellent overall precision. The relative accuracy of pressure readings is ±0.12 hPA, which equates to ±1 m (3.28 ft) of altitude difference at a resolution of 1.5 cm (0.59 inches). As a result, the BME280 is ideal for enhanced high performance GPS applications where it can be used to achieve more precise and faster position determination.

BME280 pressure measurement is very stable over temperature: The low temperature coefficient of 1.5 Pa/K, translates into an altitude stability over temperature measure of 12.6 cm/K (5.0 inches/K). This precision, along with its versatility and compactness, makes the BME280 ideal not only for innovative new applications but also to improve the exactness of existing ones. A few examples: the sensor can be used to implement indoor climate control applications for smartphones; it allows altitude profiling to be integrated into sports applications, enabling better training performance monitoring, and much more. As a connected sensor in the Internet of Things, the BME280 enables a host of further applications in home automation, smart energy, smart transportation and elderly care.

Bosch Sensortec also provides support software. The BSH1.0 algorithm enables developers to implement a precise temperature compensation function.

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