• on Miscellaneous Electronics
  • Published in issue 9/2012 on page 59
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AS3935 Lightning Sensor

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AS3935 Lightning Sensor

Austriamicrosystems’ new lightning sensor IC measuring just 4x4 mm landed on my desk like a stroke of lightning, thanks to a suggestion from my colleague Luc Lemmens. If a suitable antenna is connected to the IC, a microcontroller linked to the device via SPI or I2C can calculate the distance to the edge of a thunderstorm. That’s right – not the distance to the lightning, but instead the distance to the storm front.

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