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Harsh Media Sensor for High Temperatures - TVC Series

The TVC Series from Merit Sensor is a fully compensated harsh-media, high-temperature pressure-sensor package engineered to manage today’s challenging applications, including fuel pressure, oil pressure and water pressure.


  • Type Absolute, gage
  • Range 15 to 300 psi (1 to 21 bar; 103 to 2,068 kPa)
  • Media Air, gases and liquids
  • Packaging Bulk, tape and reel
  • Temperature range -40 to +150 °C
  • Qualification AEC-Q100
  • Flexibility Sensitivity, resistance, bridge, constraint, etc.
  • Sealing Designed for radial sealing to reduce mechanical stress


  • Cost Due to high-performing die, money is saved over time
  • Performance Make the most of best-in-class performance due to Merit’s proprietary Sentium technology
  • Speed Get to market speedily with flexible and creative solutions
  • Security Feel confident doing business with a qualified company supported by a solid parent company (NASDAQ: MMSI)
  • Service Experience prompt, professional and personal support

Typical Applications


  • HVAC
  • Refrigeration
  • Industrial Automation


  • Fuel Rail
  • Transmission Pressure
  • Oil Pressure
  • EGR/Exhaust


For over 20 years Merit Sensor Systems has partnered with customers to design, fabricate, assemble and package reliable, economical piezoresistive pressure sensor solutions for automotive, industrial, defense, medical, aviation and consumer applications.

Merit Sensor provides full-service design capabilities, flexible shipping, piezoresistive technology (PRT), in-house wafer fabrication, packaging and assembly, complete pressure measurement (absolute, gage, differential and vacuum) expansive pressure ranges (0.15 psi to 15,000 psi), and unmatched operating temperature range (-40 °C to 150 °C) via Merit Sensor’s Sentium® process. Furthermore, Merit Sensor is able to provide unparalleled flexibility to tailor pressure sensing solutions to match customers’ applications.

In contrast to other pressure sensor suppliers, Merit Sensor can offer customers totally customized pressure sensor designs with large or smaller/limited production runs. Merit Sensor’s customers range from pressure sensor transducer manufacturers who are already experts in pressure sensing technology and depend on Merit Sensor for extremely stable and sensitive MEMS sensing elements (bare die), to customers who have limited to no experience in the pressure sensing world and seek Merit Sensor to assist with a totally custom design and implementation of a pressure sensor that ideally fits their application.

At Merit Sensor, engineers are application experts. They are ready to assist customers design the application to work with a pressure sensor, and/or design a tailored pressure sensing solution that suits specific applications. In case a customer is unsure whether a pressure sensor is right for a particular application, Merit Sensor can help make that choice.


Features Symbol Min. Typ. Max. Unit
Supply Voltage Vdd 4.5 5 5.5 Volts
Supply Current Id     10 mA
Output Current Iout     2.5 mA
Short Circuit Current Isc -25   25 mA
Reverse Polarity Protection1 Vrp -33     Volts
Overvoltage Protection1 Vop     33 Volts
ESD2 Vesd >4     kV
Output Range Vout 10   90 %Vdd
Resolution Pres 0.1 0.03 0.02 %FS
Pressure Error3 Perr -2.5 0 2.5 % FS
Static Proof Pressure Pproof   2X FS   PSIA
Burst Pressure Pburst   3X FS   PSIA
Failed Low     < 9   %Vdd
Failed High     > 91   %Vdd
Lifetime Drift Plife     0.5 %FS
Repeatability Prepeat     0.25 %FS
Operating Temperature   -40   150 °C
Storage Temperature   -55   150 °C


1 Device will cease operation during supply voltage fault.
2 Human body model 1.5 kOhm/100 pF.
3 Pressure Error includes all error for hysteresis and linearity over the entire operating temperature range. It does not include lifetime drift

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