Honeywell AMR Ring Magnet Sensor IC Instructions

AMR Ring Magnet Sensor ICJitter Test Performance Results

A Technical Note


Jitter is defined as the deviation from the true switch point of a sensor. Low jitter performance is critical for many ring magnet speed sensor applications, including wheel speed, transmission, and encoder sensing.Multiple sensing technologies, such as AMR (anisotropic magnetoresistive) operating in non-saturation mode, GMR (giant magnetoresistive), and differential Hall effect have been used in ring magnet speed sensor applications. In general, the jitter performance of these sensors varies with the size of the airgap. Honeywell has developed a new AMR sensor IC which operates in saturation mode, enabling extremely low jitter across the entire usable airgap range.

Ring Magnet Speed Sensor Jitter Evaluation

Random samples from the four products shown in Table 1 were chosen for this jitter evaluation test.

Table 1. Test Products

Product Technology
Honeywell VM721V1 AMR operating in saturation mode
Competitor 1 AMR operating in a non-saturation mode
Competitor 2 GMR
Competitor 3 Differential Hall effect

Explanation of Saturation Mode

As with most magnetic sensors, the signal decreases as the airgap between the sensor and the target decreases. For AMR sensors, once the sensor is in saturation mode, the magnetic field strength changes very little versus the airgap size. Figure 1 shows that once the field strength reaches 30 Gauss, the output of the AMR sensor in saturation mode shows very little change as the field strength increases to higher Gauss levels. It is this stability in the output signal that allows the AMR sensor in saturation mode to operate with similar characteristics over a wide airgap range.

Test Configuration Setup

A circular target with 32 magnetic pole pairs was used to trigger the product samples. The target was rotated at 2500 RPM. Testing was performed at 25ºC and 150ºC, with an airgap range of 0,5 mm to 4,5 mm which provided a minimum field strength of 10 Gauss.The test products were mounted on the outside of the ring magnet target. The Honeywell VM721V1 was mounted with the end of the IC toward the ring magnet, while the competitor product samples were mounted with the face of the IC toward the ring magnet target, as per the mounting instructions for each sample. (See Figure 2.)

Figure 2. Sensor Mounting OrientationMeasurements were taken using a Lecroy HDO6064 oscilloscope, using the hold time measurement statistic. The test system used produces a reference pulse once per revolution. The switch point variation from the reference pulse to the first edge following the reference pulse was measured at least 1000 times, and the standard deviation of the variance was plotted vs the airgap for each device tested to show the jitter performance. (See Figure 3.)

Figure 3. Example Oscilloscope Plot from Testing Performed

Results (See Figures 4a and 4b)

The Honeywell VM721V1 AMR sensor operating in saturation mode had jitter of around 1 s over the usable airgap of 0,5 mm to 4,5 mm at both 25ºC and 150ºC.Although the jitter of Competitor 1’s AMR sensor operating in nonsaturated mode was relatively consistent versus the airgap, the jitter was higher than the VM721V1 and it increased at greater airgaps at 25ºC.Competitor 2’s GMR sensor had low jitter at the larger airgaps; however, the jitter was significantly higher at the smaller airgaps.

Competitor 3’s differential Hall-effect sensor had higher jitter than the VM721V1 at smaller airgaps, and the jitter increased steadily as the airgap distance increased.Figure 4a. Jitter Versus Airgap Distance at 25ºC

Figure 4b. Jitter Versus Airgap Distance at 150ºC


Honeywell AMR sensors’ reduced jitter allows for more accurate feedback for improving system control. The VM721V1 provides a superior airgap performance ranging from 0,5 mm to 4,5 mm, which enables significant implementation advantages compared to other technologies, such as AMR operating in non-saturation mode, GMR, and differential Hall effect.


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