A safer, cleaner & smarter automotive industry
The journey to a safer, cleaner and smarter automotive industry. By Luc van Dijk, IC Architect, Vehicle Networking product line, NXP Semiconductors.
Temperature sensors provide 35 times better power efficiency
A family of temperature sensors, which offer outstanding precision and power efficiency, has been released by Silicon Labs. The Si705x temperature sensors consume only 195nA (typical average current) when sampled once per second, minimising self-heating and enabling multi-year coin cell battery operation. Offering four accuracy levels up to ±-0.3°C, the devices maintain their accuracy across the full operating temperature and volt...
MCU, sensors & PM components used to monitor bees
With the aim of eliminating parasites that contribute to honeybee Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD), STMicroelectronics and Eltopia Communications have announced that Eltopia’s Intelligent Foundation, codenamed ‘MiteNot’, uses an STM32F0 MCU, multiple sensors, and power-management components from ST to monitor and collect data on environmental conditions.
Thermocouple interface IC facilitates greener cars
Enabling accurate and reliable monitoring of high operating temperatures for next-gen powertrains, a high performance sensor interface IC has been announced by Melexis. The MLX90327 can operate over a temperature range from -40 to +155°C without compromising accuracy. This makes it also suited for braking systems of trucks and high temperature industrial processes.
Ultrasonic sensor resists pressures of up to 50 bar
Designed for ultrasonic flow metering, a 2MHz water coupled sensor has been released by Morgan Advanced Materials. The sensor, which is customisable for any liquid measurement application from water metering to fuel flow, provides a high receive signal over a very small area. Measuring only 20mm in diameter, the device offers space and material savings.
'Human' 3D force sensors detect smallest deformation
Conrad Business Supplies is now exclusively stocking OptoForce’s latest 3D Force Sensors, the OMD range. OptoForce’s patented technology provides a radical new way of gripping and measuring forces. Using infrared light, combined with optical grade elastomers to detect even the smallest deformation in the shape of the outer surface, the OMD sensor can almost ‘feel’ like a human, offering users precise results of the d...
Sensor provides real-world data for IoT applications
An environmental sensor which integrates a gas sensor to measure pressure, humidity, temperature and air quality, has been introduced by Bosch Sensortec. Multiple capabilities for portable and mobile devices are offered by the BME680, including air quality measurement, personalised weather stations, indoor navigation, fitness monitoring, home automation and other applications for the IoT.
Cloud-based system offers independence & peace of mind
GreenPeak Technologies has announced the availability of its Senior Lifestyle sensor- and cloud-based intelligent system technology. The Senior Lifestyle system empowers children and their elderly parents to privately and securely share lifestyle information, enabling elderly and vulnerable users to feel safer and live longer at home independently, while their children feel secure that their parents are safe and well.
Fingerprint & touchscreen technologies enable intelligent UI
Atmel and Fingerprint Cards (FPC) have announced that they are bringing capacitive touchscreens and fingerprint touch area sensor technology to smart devices. Through the synergies between fingerprint and touchscreens, the two companies saw an opportunity to co-develop and merge their solutions to provide intelligent UIs.
Smart wireless sensors allow always-on cloud connectivity
Oceasoft has announced a partnership with SIGFOX, alongside a line of Cobalt sensors that can transmit data directly to cloud storage with no need for traditional cellular or WiFi service. The Cobalt S3 line of smart wireless sensors is designed to utilise SIGFOX’s global IoT-dedicated network.