Measuring Change With Energy Micro
Replacing mechanical switches with capacitive sensors may provide benefits in terms of improved ergonomics and reliability but a potential downside could be increased energy consumption from the electronic circuits needed to continually monitor the sensor inputs. Anders Guldahl, Application Engineer at Energy Micro, discusses in this ES Design magazine article.
Fujitsu 3D Gesture Recognition Technology Is Capable Of Complex Tasks
Fujitsu announce the development of 3D hand gesture recognition technology that, using video captured on a single PC or tablet camera, can detect not only vertical and horizontal hand motion, but also the forward and backward movements of increasing or decreasing distance of a hand from the display.
MEMS Helps Keep Buildings Cool
The drive to save energy and reduce costs has rekindled innovation in using thermal sensors for HVAC and a host of other building automation applications. Gabriel Sikorjak, Product Marketing Manager - Sensors, with Omron Electronic Components Europe, explores further in this article from ES Design magazine.
CISSOID Sets a New Standard for High Temperature Sensors with OPAL
OPAL is a dual Op Amp specifically designed to meet the toughest environmental constraints of sensors in automotive, industrial and general High Reliability applications such as aeronautics, military and down-hole tools (Oil&Gas) electronics. Key features include low input offset (50µV typ.), low noise (5 µVpp typ.) and single +5V ±10% power supply.
DLVR Series Low Voltage Digital Pressure Sensors
All Sensors Corporation has announced a new line of low voltage, low cost digital pressure sensors (DLVR Series). The DLVR Series Pressure Sensors offer a fully customizable, turn-key solution for design engineers looking for a digital pressure solution.
ULIS Launch Thermal Sensor Arrays Within Scope Of The MIRTIC Project
ULIS announces today it will conclude the first of two phases in the MIRTIC project with the launch of the Micro80P thermal sensor array. The launch will take place at the Sensor and Test Fair in Nuremburg, Germany, May 14 – 16, 2013. Micro80P is the first 80x80 small pixel pitch high-sensitivity array in a line of next-generation thermal sensor arrays that meet the needs of applications seeking to achieve maximum energy efficiency in everyday use, such as building automation for heating, ventilation and air conditioning or automatic lighting.
Universal Digital Sensor Output Driver From iC-Haus
iC-Haus have today announced new universal digital output drivers, iC-DX3 and iC-DXC3. The universal digital output drivers iC-DX3/DXC3 enable compact sensors to be equipped with NPN, PNP, push-pull, and IO link-compatible output driver options. From an input voltage of 8 to 30 V an integrated linear regulator provides the sensor electronics with a stable +3.3 V voltage and 10 mA loading.
New Blackfly Camera Models Feature High-Definition 720p and 1080p Sony Exmor CMOS and Superior Low-Light Performance
Point Grey today announced new model additions to the Blackfly family of ultra-compact PoE GigE Vision cameras. The new Blackfly models use Sony Exmor™ CMOS sensor technology, which combines the speed of CMOS with the low noise, high dynamic range, and high saturation capacity of many of today's CCDs.
Simple Humidity Measurement With Single-Chip Relative Humidity Sensors
In this article from ES Design magazine, John Gammel, Senior Staff Applications Engineer, Environmental Sensor Products at Silicon Labs, explores various methods for simplifying humidity measurement with single-chip relative humidity sensors.
Low Profile 3-Axis Gyroscope For MotionTracking Applications
InvenSense have introduced the world's lowest profile and lowest power 3-axis MEMS gyroscope designed for Smartphones, Tablets, Smart TVs, and Gaming devices. The trend toward thinner devices in the consumer electronics market has created demand for components with a maximum height of 0.8mm to allow flexible board placement. Low profile components also offer the advantage of allowing for thicker batteries with extended operating time.
Introduction Of The World’s Lowest Power 9-Axis MotionTracking Device
InvenSense has today unveiled its third-gen 9-axis MotionTracking device with the lowest power and best-in-class performance. The world's smallest 9-axis solution, the MPU-9350 combines an accelerometer, gyroscope, and electronic compass into a 3x3x1mm QFN package. At 6.7mW, the MPU-9350 has 28% lower power consumption than its predecessor and comes with the industry's only integrated Digital Motion Processor.
World’s Lowest Profile 6-Axis MotionTracking Device From InvenSense
InvenSense announce the world's smallest, lowest profile, and lowest power 6-axis solution, the MPU-6521 MEMS SoC. The slim profile MPU-6521 is targeted for the next-generation of smartphones, tablets, gaming devices, motion-based remote controls, and wearable sensors. At 6.1mW, the MPU-6521 consumes 60% less power than competing solutions.
World's Smallest Dual-Axis Gyroscopes For Smartphone Image Stabilization
InvenSense has today announced the introduction of two new dual-axis Optical Image Stabilization gyroscopes, the IDG-2030 and IXZ-2030. OIS eliminates the effects of hand jitter to achieve blur free images and jitter free HD video. The benefits of OIS are most evident in low light conditions where longer exposure times are required.
Full HD CameraChip Sensor For Next-Gen Smartphones, Tablets & Ultrabooks
OmniVision announces its smallest full high-definition CameraChip sensor designed for front-facing camera applications in smartphones, tablets and ultrabooks. The new OV2724 delivers high frame rate 1080p/60 HD video with best-in-class sensitivity and dynamic range, and can fit inside a 5 x 5 x 3.5 mm module, making the OV2724 an ideal camera solution for video chat and video conferencing applications on mobile devices.
Small Things Are Big Business
MEMS technology has been around for some time now and it continues to hover on the periphery of main-stream semiconductor technology. However, some believe monolithic integration is getting nearer, as Philip Ling discovers.
Silicon Piezoresistive Pressure Sensor For Water Or Aggressive Media
The PSD18-410 series is optimally suited for applications where water or even aggressive media must be measured at low pressures starting at 0 - 100 mbar or at pressures up to 7 bar. The PSD18-410 is an oil-filled stainless steel sensor. With a diameter of just 18 mm, it is very compact and is especially useful in areas where precise measurements are required even when space is very limited.
Extremely Low Measurement Range Capacitive Ceramic Pressure Sensor
The new PEWATRON KKD34-701 capacitive pressure sensor handles measurements in the range of 0 - 60 mbar and can be trimmed electronically to 0 - 12 mbar. In addition to this measurement range, it is also possible to make corrections to account for effects arising during assembly by means of an integrated interface. Parameterisation is accomplished with a Windows-compatible, menu-driven kit.
Intelligent Pressure Sensor For Medical Technology And HVAC
The CCD54 is an intelligent, calibrated and amplified OEM pressure sensor. Its offset correction, sensitivity, temperature drift and linearity are stored in the on-chip EEPROM directly at the factory using the latest ASIC technology. Different initial configurations are possible, such as the response time or supply voltage.
iC-MHL200: 12 bit universal magnetic position encoder
The iC-MHL200 is an integrated system solution for linear and angular magnetic encoder applications. Combined with a target like a magnetic tape or pole wheel an universal and rugged linear or angular incremental encoder can be realized.
Hamamatsu Linear CMOS Image Sensor with Active Pixel Sensor Technology and Direct UV Sensitivity
Hamamatsu Photonics are proud to introduce the S11638 CMOS linear image sensor with APS (Active Pixel Sensor) technology. APS technology allows the S11638 to achieve a combination of a very high sensitivity, at 160 V/(lx•s), and a fast video data rate of 10 MHz. This is accomplished by simultaneously integrating charge for all pixels.
Industry-Leading, Ultra-High Sensitivity Digital Light Sensor From ams
ams have today announced the introduction of a new performance benchmark with the launch of a digital light sensor family that offers low-light sensitivity down to 0.000377 lux. Offering a wide 600M:1 dynamic range up to 88,000 lux (bright sunlight), the TSL2591 device family increases design flexibility and offers engineers new levels of performance in ambient light sensors for displays, as well as for a wide range of non-display applications.
Toshiba Unveil 8 Megapixel 1.12μm CMOS Image Sensor For Mobile Devices
Toshiba has further expanded its family of CMOS area image sensors by offering a 1.12μm, 8 Megapixel device in an unpackaged, die format. The T4K05 integrates a number of features that support the miniaturization of camera modules, allowing designers to reduce the size and height of mobile devices.
Toshiba to Launch Full-HD, 1.12μm CMOS Image Sensor with Colour Noise Reduction
Toshiba Electronics Europe is pleased to announce today that it will offer a Full-HD, 1.12μm, back-side illumination CMOS image sensor featuring an integrated colour noise reduction circuit for applications including mobile phones and smart phones, PCs and tablet PCs.
Industry’s First Full HD Image Sensor Receiver From Texas Instruments
Texas Instruments introduce the industry's first image sensor receiver IC to serve as a dedicated LVDS bridge between image sensors and processors. Compared to existing FPGA-based solutions, the SN65LVDS324 lowers the BOM by 20 percent, reduces system power consumption by more than 10 percent and shrinks package size by 50 percent. It provides full HD, 1080p60 image quality in a host of video capture applications, including surveillance IP cameras and video conferencing systems, as well as industrial, consumer and professional video recording equipment.
Toshiba Announce Camera Module With High Resolution 13MP Image Sensor
Toshiba unveil the industry's thinnest CMOS image sensor camera module with high-resolution, 13 mega pixel imaging ideal for next-generation, ultra-thin smartphones and tablet devices. The new TCM9930MD leverages an advanced image pre-processing LSI (companion) chip and a refined module structure to create a compact image sensor camera module with the industry's lowest profile at just 4.7 mm.
Cambridge Consultants Announce Accurate Indoor Locator System
New technology from Cambridge Consultants can accurately detect someone's location indoors when GPS drops out. A number of sensors and a custom algorithm determine the location, with an accuracy of within approximately 1% of the distance travelled. Yet the technology uses low-power, low-cost sensors and the device concept is small enough to clip on a belt. It also doesn't need any existing internal infrastructure.
New Inductive Proximity Switches Announced By GREATECS
New inductive proximity switches expand the wide range of GREATECS. The sensors stand out through their high quality and attractive price level. The proximity switches are available in different materials such as plastic, aluminium, stainless steel and copper nickel. The main applications for these sensors are industrial and automation technology.
Lantronix Launches xSenso Controller
Lantronix today announced the launch of the Lantronix xSenso Controller – the newest member of its xSenso analog sensor networking family, designed specifically for use in rugged and harsh environments including industrial automation, process control, manufacturing, chemicals, oil and gas industries, and many more.
Tape Extension Sensor for cost-sensitive applications
Our new WB61 Tape Extension Sensor provides a measuring length up to 4000mm in a compact housing. All ASM Tape Extension Sensors have been designed to operate in harsh conditions which make them a perfect choice for the Mobile Working Machine Market as well as other harsh demanding applications.
Detect Infrared With New High Sensitivity Single Element Thermopile Sensor
Hamamatsu Photonics have developed a brand new series of thermopile infrared detectors, to meet the demand for low cost sensors with high S/N for gas analysis applications. The T11262-01 is a high sensitivity thermopile sensor with a D* of 1.3x108. The sensor is housed within a compact TO-18 package with a high transmittance window in the 3-5µm band.
Hamamatsu Photonics Announce 2D InGaAs Image Sensor
Hamamatsu Photonics has today announced the introduction of the G11097-0707S, a brand new 128 x 128 pixel two dimensional InGaAs image sensor, that compliments the existing range of high performance linear and area image sensors.
Two-Dimensional Position Sensing Detectors
LASER COMPONENTS is proud to offer the SiTek range of two-dimensional position sensing detectors (PSDs), which give high accuracy (±0.3% typical non-linearity) readings over areas up to 45mm x 45mm. These detectors are also available with UV- or YAG enhancement or as nuclear detectors.
ALPS Unveils Wide Dynamic Range Type Compact Geomagnetic Sensor
ALPS has developed a new geomagnetic sensor with a smaller size than earlier models and the industry's widest measurement range to add to its "HSCD Series" lineup of compact geomagnetic sensors designed for compact electronic equipment like smartphones and other mobile devices, and wristwatches. Mass production begins in March 2013.
New Models Designed to Help Increase Product Life and Provide High Reliability for Applications Operating in Rugged Environments
Bourns today announced it has expanded its line of non-contacting rotary position sensors with two new models. Designed to help increase the product lifespan and reliability of applications that operate in rugged environments, the Bourns Model AMS22U and Model AMM20B utilize magnetic Hall Effect (HE) technology that helps increase operational life and reliability even in harsh environments.
Intelligent Wearable Vital Signs Sensor Module From Toshiba
Toshiba Corporation has revealed that it has developed an intelligent vital signs sensor module, Smart healthcare Intelligent Monitor Engine & Ecosystem; Silmee, that simultaneously senses information on key vital signs: Electric Cardio Gram, pulse, body temperature and movements, and that can deliver the data to smartphones and tablet PCs with wireless technology.
Point Grey’s New Grasshopper3 Camera Family Combines High-Sensitivity CCD and Easy-To-Use USB 3.0
Point Grey today announced its latest innovation in imaging with the Grasshopper3, the world's first machine vision camera family to combine CCD technology with a USB 3.0 interface. The first Grasshopper3 camera model, the GS3-U3-28S4, has a maximum frame rate of 26 FPS and features the Sony 2.8 megapixel 1/1.8" ICX687 EXview HAD CCD II sensor.
EM Microelectronic Unveil New Motion Sensor Hub For Mobile Devices
PNI Sensor and EM Microelectronic have revealed the Sentral sensor fusion hub, a new, highly effective way to integrate complex motion sensors on mobile devices. The Sentral sensor fusion hub is the first hub designed specifically to manage sensor outputs on a low-power integrated circuit, making 9-axis motion sensing outputs both super-precise and practical to implement.
Intersil Demonstrates Sensor Signal Conditioning Solution With Renesas At Embedded World
Intersil has joined with Renesas to develop a sensor signal conditioning solution for thermocouple, pressure and strain gauges. The companies have demonstrated the new solution, which is being distributed through Avnet Memec, at Embedded World February 26-28 2013 in Nuremberg, Germany.
New oxygen module – low-cost and compact
Oxygen can be measured with the aid of various physical processes. The Fujikura oxygen sensor is a zirconium dioxide solid electrolyte sensor which employs the current limitation principle. In contrast to conventional solid electrolyte sensors, no reference gas is required.
Pressure sensors with digital or analogue interface
PEWATRON was quick to recognise the changing times and has extended its wide range of pressure sensors by adding a large selection of digital interface sensors. Most in demand are sensors with the I2C interface. These sensors can be operated using a supply voltage in the range 2.7…5.5 VDC. The resolution is 12 bit.