ams: AS5147P High Speed Rotary Position Sensor

The AS5147P is an ultra high speed magnetic rotary position sensor which offers reliable performance in automotive applications compatible with the requirements of the ISO26262 functional safety standard.

Providing accurate absolute and incremental measurement outputs at speeds up to 28,000 revolutions per minute (rpm), the AS5147P is ideal for safety critical applications such as electric power steering (EPS), brake and accelerator pedals, pumps, double clutch transmissions, starter motors, alternators and windscreen wiper motors.

Its appeal to automotive system designers rests on a combination of high measurement accuracy at high rotation speeds, high reliability, low system cost and support for standards compliance.

The AS5147P draws on patented Dynamic Angle Error Correction (DAECTM) technology to deliver accurate position measurements even at extremely high rotation speeds. The DAEC compensation scheme reduces the propagation delay inherent in the sensor’s signal chain to almost zero. As a result, the AS5147P’s angle error is a negligible 0.02° at 1.7krpm, 0.17° at 14.5krpm and 0.34° at 28krpm. The DAEC function also enables the device to refresh its measurement output every 1.9μs.

High reliability and low system cost in automotive applications are assured by the AS5147P’s intrinsic immunity to stray magnetic fields. Strong stray magnetic fields are present in vehicles, particularly those with a partially or wholly electric drive train, which contains powerful electric motors and high current carrying conductors. These stray magnetic fields are much stronger than that of the small target magnet with which a magnetic position sensor is paired.

The unique differential sensing principle of the magnetic position sensors from ams makes them immune by design to stray magnetism. This means that automotive system designers can avoid the need to incorporate bulky and expensive magnetic shielding into their products, reducing their size, weight and cost when compared to designs based on competing magnetic position sensor ICs. The high sensitivity of the AS5147P also enables the use of a small (6mm diameter), low cost target magnet.

In addition, the AS5147P supports automotive OEMs’ ISO26262 compliance programs in various ways:

  • the AS5147P was developed in accordance with the ISO26262 flow, following the Safety Element out of Context (SEooC) and Assumption of Use (AoU) guidelines specified in the standard, thus helping manufacturers to achieve the requirements of any ASIL grade.
  • ams provides a safety manual and failure mode effects diagnostic analysis (FMEDA) document for the AS5147P, guiding customers on the way to achieve their target ASIL grade in various applications evidence – safety case, certifications and the AECQ-100 qualification (PPAP) – is ready to provide the documentation of the AS5147P’s development process
  • the complete SEooC process according to the ISO26262 and the documentation supporting it are certified by an independent third party
  • the AS5147P provides internal diagnostic functions supporting ISO26262 processes, including magnetic field strength threshold detection, and detection of loss of magnet


The AS5147P provides both absolute and incremental angle measurements of a continuously rotating shaft, with a zero position setting. A standard four-wire serial peripheral interface allows a host microcontroller to read 14-bit absolute angle position data and to program non-volatile settings without a dedicated programmer.

Incremental movements are indicated by a set of ABI signals with a maximum resolution of 4,096 steps/1,024 pulses per revolution. The resolution of the ABI signal is programmable to 4,096 steps/1,024 pulses per revolution, 2,048 steps/512 pulses per revolution or 1,024 steps/256 pulses per revolution. Brushless DC (BLDC) motors may be controlled through a standard UVW commutation interface with a programmable number of pole pairs from 1 to 7. The absolute angle position is also provided as a PWM encoded output signal.


  • DAEC
  • Immune to external stray magnetic field
  • 14-bit core resolution
  • Maximum speed up to 28.000rpm
  • Developed per ISO 26262 SEooC


  • Eliminates angle measurement lag at high RPMs
  • Lower system costs (no shielding)
  • High resolution for motor and position control
  • No programmer needed (via SPI command)
  • Enables ASIL-x system safety level compliance