Top 5 sensor products in January

31st January 2023
Kiera Sowery

Electronic Specifier takes a look at the top sensor products to have been released in January 2023.

Sensor addresses rate, potentially fatal, thermal runway in EVs

For every 100,000 electric vehicles, there are about 25 fires each year, according to a study by Autoinsurance EZ.

Honeywell partners with Nexceris to address the use of lithium-ion (Li-ion) batteries in vehicles and the potential danger with the thermal runaway these vehicles emit.

Here, Electronic Specifier talks to Sarah Martin, President of Honeywell Sensing and Safety Technologies, about safety critical considerations for electric vehicle manufacturing.

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Animal behaviour monitoring tool for research, conservation, and agriculture purposes

The University of Antwerp (UAntwerp), a dynamic, forward-thinking university aiming to contribute positively to society, and imec, a global research and innovation hub in nanoelectronics and digital technologies announce their new spin-off called IoSA (Internet of Small Animals).

Engineers of IDlab, an imec research group at UAntwerp, and ecologists of EVECO research group at UAntwerp, combined their expertise to develop an ultralight low power, accurate proximity tracker that enables monitoring the behaviour and movement of small wild animals such as birds, rodents, bats and even toads.

To conserve, protect and improve the conditions for animals, we need to understand their movements and behaviour, not only from a biodiversity angle, but also for domestic animals, such as livestock animals.

Behaviour provides valuable information about the animals’ health. However, the tools to effectively monitor animal behaviour have been lacking, particularly for smaller wild animals. To meet this need, IoSa aims to develop an ultralight highly accurate monitoring tool that can be used to gather new insights in wild animal behaviour and health, but also in early warning systems for livestock health.

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Pressure sensor targets mobile applications

For use in battery-powered applications, Analog Microelectronics has developed the AMS 5935 18-bit board-mount digital pressure sensor.

With their extremely low current consumption (250 nA in sleep mode and 2 mA during measurements) and supply voltage range of 1.7 V to 3.6 V, the AMS 5935 high-precision pressure sensors are perfect for battery-powered microcontroller applications.

They have an integrated I2C / SPI interface, which can be used to read calibrated pressure and temperature values.

Their extremely small measurement error at room temperature and the also very small total error in the temperature range of -25 ... 85 °C is achieved by a complex calibration and temperature compensation.

The AMS 5935 combine a high quality piezoresistive pressure sensing element with a signal processing ASIC in a ceramic DIL package for assembly on PCBs.

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Sensor tech #LikeABosch: new robust barometric pressure sensor

Barometric pressure sensors are a key component in fitness tracking wearables and other applications, enabling altitude to be accurately determined.

Bosch Sensortec continues to push the boundaries of possibilities and introduced the BMP585 at CES in Las Vegas, Nevada. The BMP585 is a robust barometric pressure sensor that can be used underwater and in harsh environments – for example, in wearables for swimming.

The BMP585 includes a liquid-proof gel cover, which means it can be used in wearables that will be exposed to water or other liquids, including salt water and chlorinated water in swimming pools.

It includes all the features of Bosch’s existing BMP581 pressure sensor, with comparable best-in-class accuracy, while providing the robustness needed for new use cases. Low power consumption ensures long battery life in wearables, hearables, and portable applications.

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Dracula Technologies, powering indoor devices at CES 2023

Dracula Technologies will be showcasing several devices at CES 2023 in Las Vegas—an autonomous temperature logger (in various shapes) and a CO2 sensor.

The devices will be demonstrated at Eureka Park throughout CES and at the CES Unveiled media event. The devices are powered by LAYER, an organic photovoltaic (OPV) solution developed by Dracula Technologies to generate energy from indoor light, eliminating the need for batteries. This new energy harvesting technology powers indoor connected devices in an eco-friendly manner at a fraction of the current costs.

"Temperature monitoring is crucial for logistics and transportation in cases where companies need proof that goods were kept within a certain temperature range,” said Brice Cruchon, CEO and founder of Dracula Technologies. “Indoor CO2 monitoring is also needed in logistics, and in a variety of other domains."

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