Easy, Cost-Effective Liquid and Solid Material Detection Solution

Renesas' Material Detection Solution can detect materials or liquids without external sensors by using microcontrollers (MCUs) with a built-in capacitive touch sensor unit (CTSU). This solution has application examples in a wide variety of fields.

Material Detection Solution Applications

System Overview

Here is an overview of the detection performed by this solution.

As shown in figures 1 and 2, this solution connects two thin-film electrodes (a transmitting electrode and a receiving electrode) and measures the capacitance between those electrodes using the CTSU of one of its MCUs. Changes in the measured materials are determined by detecting the change in capacitance between the electrodes.

Three-stage detection (one transmitting electrode and three receiving electrodes)

Three-Stage Detection Configuration

From Figure 1 to Figure 2, the capacitance between the electrodes changes as the amount of material between the electrodes decreases.

In Figure 2, the capacitance between the transmitting electrode and the top and middle receiving electrodes has decreased, and the capacitance of the bottom receiving electrode is unchanged.

By measuring the capacitance between each electrode, the MCU can determine that the materials are positioned at one of the three stages.


Software & Tool Pages

Title Type Company
QE for Capacitive Touch: Development Assistance Tool for Capacitive Touch SensorsIn developing embedded system using the capacitive touch sensor of RA family and RX family MCUs, you can easily setup initial configurations of the touch interface as well as process the tuning of sensors, and reduce development time. [Plugin for Renesas IDE "e2 studio"]
Solution Toolkit Renesas

Software Downloads

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