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What is a Pressure Sensor?

Pressure sensors are used to monitor the pressure of fluids in pipes, hydraulics, engines and in nature. Specialized sensors are also used in order to determine the pressure of gases or solids. Most modern pressure sensors work based on piezoresistance. The exerted pressure causes a material to conduct electricity at a certain rate, therefore leading to a specific level of charge flow that is associated with a specific level of pressure. This charge is fed to a wire that leads to a control panel and a display for human analysis. Pressure sensors that use semiconductors as the resistive media conduct more or less electricity based on geometric deformations in their structure.

Types of Pressure Sensors

There are many different kinds of pressure sensors and at Future Electronics we stock many of the most common types categorized by pressure range, pressure accuracy, pressure type, supply voltage, output type, packaging type and supply current. The parametric filters on our website can help refine your search results depending on the required specifications.

The most common sizes for supply current are 1.5 mA, 6 mA, 7 mA and 10 mA. We also carry pressure sensors with supply current as high as 10000 mA. Supply voltage can be between 1.62 V and 16 V, with the most common pressure sensor chips using a supply voltage of 5 V.

Pressure Sensors from Future Electronics

Future Electronics has a full chip selection of pressure sensors from several manufacturers that can be used to design an air pressure sensor, oil pressure sensor, MEMS pressure sensor, digital pressure sensor, barometric pressure sensor, absolute pressure sensor, piezoresistive pressure sensor, water pressure sensor, fuel tank or fuel rail pressure sensor, tactile pressure sensor, brake pressure sensor, tire pressure sensor, miniature or micro pressure sensor, optical pressure sensor, wireless pressure sensor, low / high pressure sensor, liquid pressure sensor, high temperature pressure sensor, gas pressure sensor, automotive pressure sensor, capacitive pressure sensor, steam pressure sensor, atmospheric pressure sensor or for any circuit that might require an electronic pressure sensor. Simply choose from the pressure sensor technical attributes below and your search results will quickly be narrowed to match your specific pressure sensor application needs.

If you have a preferred brand, we deal with Bosch, Freescale Semiconductor, GE Measurement & Control, Measurement Specialties, Melexis or Panasonic Electric Works as chip manufacturers. You can easily refine your pressure sensor product search results by clicking your preferred pressure sensor brand below from our list of manufacturers.

Applications for Pressure Sensors:

There are many applications for pressure sensors. They can be useful in aircraft, automobiles, weather instrumentation and any other machinery that has pressure functionality implemented. They can also be used to sense altitude in aircraft, rockets, satellites and weather balloons. Another application for pressure sensors is in measuring flow. A pressure sensor may also be used to calculate the level of a fluid, for example to measure the depth of a submerged body or level of contents in a tank. Pressure sensors can also be used in order to sense a loss of pressure due to a system leak.

Choosing the Right Pressure Sensor:

When you are looking for the right pressure sensors, with the FutureElectronics.com parametric search, you can filter the results by various attributes: by Pressure Type (Absolute, Differential, Gauge), Supply Current (0.0009 mA, 1.5 mA, 6 mA, 7 mA, 10 mA …) and Supply Voltage (up to 16 V) to name a few. You will be able to find the right semiconductor chip from several manufacturers that can be used to design an oil pressure sensor, MEMS pressure sensor, air pressure sensor, digital pressure sensor, barometric pressure sensor, absolute pressure sensor, tactile pressure sensor, brake pressure sensor, piezoresistive pressure sensor, water pressure sensor, fuel tank or fuel rail pressure sensor, tire pressure sensor, miniature or micro pressure sensor, optical pressure sensor, liquid pressure sensor, high temperature pressure sensor, wireless pressure sensor, low / high pressure sensor, gas pressure sensor, atmospheric pressure sensor, automotive pressure sensor, capacitive pressure sensor, steam pressure sensor or for any circuits requiring an electronic pressure sensor.

Pressure Sensors in Production Ready Packaging or R&D Quantities

If the quantity of pressure sensors required is less than a full reel, we offer customers many of our pressure sensor products in tube, tray or individual quantities that will avoid unneeded surplus.

In addition, Future Electronics offers clients a unique bonded inventory program that is designed to eliminate potential problems that may arise from an unpredictable supply of products containing raw metals and products with erratic or long lead times. Talk with your nearest Future Electronics branch and find out more on how you and your company can avoid possible shortages.




Featured Pressure Sensor Products


Manufacturer Part Number Description
Bosch BMP085-0273300144 BMP085 Series 3.6 V 1100 hPa 5 uA Digital Barometric Pressure Sensor - LCC-8
Freescale Semiconductor MPXM2010GS MPX Series 10 KPa 10 V Temperature Compensated & Calibrated Si Pressure Sensor
Freescale Semiconductor MPXH6115A6T1 MPXH6115 Series 115 KPa 5 V 1.5% Analog Output Pressure Sensor - SOP-8
Freescale Semiconductor MPXHZ6115A6T1 MPX Series 115 KPa 5 V Temperature Compensated & Calibrated Si Pressure Sensor
Freescale Semiconductor MPXV5004GC6T1 MPX Series 3.92 KPa 5 V Temperature Compensated & Calibrated Si Pressure Sensor
Freescale Semiconductor MPX5700GP MPX Series 700 KPa 5 V Temperature Compensated & Calibrated Si Pressure Sensor
Freescale Semiconductor MPXV7025GC6U MPXV7025 Series -25 to KPa 4.7 V 5% Analog Output Pressure Sensor - SOP-8
GE Measurement & Control NPC-1220-100G-3N NPC Series Solid-State 0.1 % Accurate 100 psi Pressure Sensor - DIP-8
GE Measurement & Control NPA-700B-10WG NPA Series I2C Digital Out Calibrated 2 Ports 2.5 Kpa Gauge Pressure Sensor
GE Measurement & Control NPP-301A-200A 30psia (2.06 bar) Non-Ported Barometric Pressure Novasensor SO-8
GE Measurement & Control NPH-8-100GH NPH Series 15 PSI Gauge Pressure Novasensor with Hybrid Calibration TO-8
GE Measurement & Control NPA-700B-001G NPA Series I2C Digital Out Calibrated 2 Barbed Ports 7 Kpa Gauge Pressure Sensor
GE Measurement & Control NPP-301A-700A 100psia (6.89 bar) Non-Ported Barometric Pressure Novasensor SO-8
GE Measurement & Control NPH-8-002.5GH NPH Series 10" Differential Pressure Novasensor with Hybrid Calibration TO-8
GE Measurement & Control NPI-19A-701AH NPI-9 Series 700 kPa 1.5 mA Supply Solid state Absolute Pressure Nova sensor
GE Measurement & Control NPA-100-B-001-D 100mV Barbed 7kPa Differential Ratiometric Uncalibrated Pressure Novasensor
GE Measurement & Control NPA-100-B-001-G 100mV Barbed 7kPa Gauge Ratiometric Uncalibrated Pressure Novasensor
GE Measurement & Control NPA-100-B-005-D 100mV Barbed 35kPa Differential Ratiometric Uncalibrated Pressure Novasensor
GE Measurement & Control NPA-100-B-005-G 100mV Barbed 35kPa Gauge Ratiometric Uncalibrated Pressure Novasensor
Measurement Specialties 1210A-001D-1L 1 psi Pressure Sensor Differential Output
Measurement Specialties 1210A-001D-3S 1210 Series 1 psi 0-100 mV Output PC Board Mountable Low Pressure Sensor
Measurement Specialties 1210A-002D-3L 1210 Series 2 psi 0-100 mV Output PC Board Mountable Low Pressure Sensor
Measurement Specialties 1210A-002D-3N 1210 Series 2 psi 0-100 mV Output PC Board Mountable Low Pressure Sensor
Melexis MLX90333KDC-BCH-000-TU Triaxis™ 3D-Joystick Position Sensor w/ -40to125°C temp range, std version SOIC8
Panasonic Electric Works ADP1111 ADP1 Series 14.7 kPa Precision Semiconductor Pressure Sensor

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