First Integrated Environmental Unit opens broad range of applications
High accuracy and versatility, very small footprint
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.
First samples of the BME280 to key development customers are available now.
Features and properties
Relative humidity range: 0 to 100 % at temperatures from -40°C to
Response time for humidity measurements: 1s
Humidity accuracy tolerance: ± 3 % relative humidity
Hysteresis: = 2 % relative humidity
|Pressure range: 300 to 1100 hPa|
Absolute pressure accuracy: typ ± 1hPa after soldering
Absolute temperature accuracy ±0.5°C at 25°C
Communication interfaces: I2C, SPI
Press photo: 1-BST-19653
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