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MEMS Sensor Provides 3D Orientation Info

June 12, 2008 7:32 am | Stmicroelectronics | Product Releases | Comments

Consolidating multiple sensor functions in a single 14-pin LGA ECOPACK SMT package, STMicroelectronics’ FC30 sensor provides 3D orientation as well as click detection to recognize mouse-button controls. Accepting a nominal 2.5V at 0.3 mA, the 3.0 × 5.0 × 0.9-mm device exhibits an accuracy of ±3 degrees with a max acceleration of 10,000 g for 0.1 ms. Features of the RoHS-compliant

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TEDS Microphone Arrays Enhance Automotive Testing

June 6, 2008 2:00 pm | Product Releases | Comments

The Automotive Sensors division of PCB Piezotronics (PCB) released a series of acoustic sensors for use in automotive testing applications such as legislative certification, quality control, system and component performance, and vehicle and powertrain NVH, including measurements for

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Light Sensor Controls Display Dimming

June 6, 2008 6:20 am | Product Releases | Comments

Suitable for display-dimming feedback in portable devices, notebooks, and automotive applications, the MLX75304 Light-to-Frequency SensorEyeC from Melexis has a dynamic range in excess of 100dB. Incorporating photodiode, transimpedance amplifier, and output stage onto one chip, the sensor provides a frequency output to increase precision under all lighting conditions while simultaneously simplifying the sensor interface.

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High Temperature Encoder Modules Enable Motor-Size Reduction

June 2, 2008 1:26 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Designed to enable size reduction in industrial motors, Avago’s three-channel high temperature optical incremental AEDT-9140 encoder module series fit directly onto industrial motors. The RoHS-compliant modules include a lensed LED source and a detector IC enclosed in a plastic package that can be used in

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Fault Detector Senses Rolling Element Bearing Impacts and Offers Early Warning

May 23, 2008 6:58 am | Product Releases | Comments

The IMI Sensors division of PCB Piezotronics (PCB) released the patented Model 682A05 Bearing Fault Detector, which senses impacts within rolling element bearings caused by bearing faults. This type of detection provides early warning of typical bearing faults such as cracked races, spalling, brinelling, fatigue failure, looseness, and

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6-Channel Encoder Handles Industrial Applications

May 19, 2008 9:02 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Designed to enable the reduction in overall motor sizes, Avago’s AEDT-9340 encoder module targets Brushless DC motors used in industrial and factory automation equipment. The device includes a lensed LED source and a detector IC enclosd in a small plastic package with a switching accuracy of ±1°

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Mini 3-Channel Optical Encoder Integrates Codewheel

May 12, 2008 5:47 am | Product Releases | Comments

Designed for stepper and servo motors with shaft sizes from 2 to 5 mm in packaging machines and other industrial and factory automation applications, the AEDx-8xxx encoder series of three-channel optical incremental encoders includes a codewheel, LED light source, and detector IC.

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Handheld, 1g Shaker Performs On-site Troubleshooting, Sensor Calibration and Performance Verification

May 7, 2008 9:02 am | Product Releases | Comments

The IMI Sensors division of PCB Piezotronics (PCB) has released the Model 699A02 portable, lightweight, battery powered industrial handheld shaker. It is designed to verify accelerometer and vibration system performance, as well as confirm the operation of interconnecting cables, switching devices and monitoring systems. The unit operates at 159.2 Hz and delivers a controlled, 1g rms or 1g  peak acceleration to

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Novel Chipscale Sensor Detects Both Proximity and Ambient Light

May 1, 2008 7:16 am | Product Releases | Comments

Promising to extend the battery lifetime and reduce circuit complexity and component count in advanced portable devices, the CM3612 from Capella Microsystems combines proximity and ambient light sensor functions in a single chip. The proximity detector in the chip is topped with a microscopic 830- to 880-nm IR filter and the ambient light sensor diode has a filter that passes

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Rotary Magnetic Encoder Boasts Long Life Expectancy

April 25, 2008 5:33 am | Product Releases | Comments

The EMS22 non-contacting magnetic encoders from Bourns, Inc. are suited for environments where extreme range of temperatures and harsh conditions like moisture, particles, grease and oil are present. Typical applications include factory automation, fuel dispensing, marine, metal working and instrumentation and material handling. The RoHS compliant magnetic encoder family performs in a temperature ranging from -40°C to +125°C and

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Ambient Light Sensor Mimics Human Eye Response

April 24, 2008 10:26 am | Product Releases | Comments

Intended for use in consumer, industrial and automotive applications, Avago’s APDS-9300 digital ambient light sensor is designed to approximate the spectral response curve of the human eye. Using an I²C interface with a 16-bit digital output at 400 kHz, the chipLED-packaged device has a programmable interrupt function with user-defined upper and lower threshold settings. The RoHS-compliant ambient light sensor accepts a 2.5-V input voltage at 0.6 mW (typical) with a power-down mode

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MEMS-based, High Amplitude 20,000g Shock Accelerometers Among the Industry's Smallest

April 11, 2008 12:31 pm | Product Releases | Comments

The Aerospace & Defense division of PCB Piezotronics (PCB) introduced its Series 3991 & 3993, a family of MEMS-based, miniature high amplitude 20,000 g shock accelerometers, which are among the industry’s smallest. These accelerometers are available in both single axis and triaxial configurations and are capable of

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Multilayer Ambient Sensors Feature Fast Response and Interchangeability

April 8, 2008 11:29 am | Product Releases | Comments

The UPSICAP passive and active sensors measure ambient temperature and relative humidity. The tiny (9 mm × 8 mm) passive elements vary their capacitance with humidity and their resistance with temperature, and they are fully interchangeable without recalibration.

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Precalibrated Position Sensor Serves as Potentiometer Replacement

April 4, 2008 6:16 am | Product Releases | Comments

Macro Sensors introduced its LP750 series position sensors that are hermetically sealed, frictionless, and they can serve as long-life replacements for failing potentiometers in a range of industrial position measurement applications such as machine tool positioning, hydraulic cylinder positioning, valve position sensing and automatic assembly equipment. Offering frictionless position feedback similar to the potentiometer, these sensors have no parts that wear out, offering unlimited cycle life and greater performance than a potentiometer.

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Vision Sensors Perform in Complex Inspection Applications

April 4, 2008 6:10 am | Product Releases | Comments

Pepperl+Fuchs introduced its Model VOS300 series vision sensors that combine a camera, illumination, digital outputs, process data and five evaluation methods into a single, rugged sensor housing. The result is an out-of-the-box vision sensing system that is easily configured without programming knowledge and operated without the need for detailed image processing experience. The sensors deliver advanced functionality in a number of complex inspection applications where traditional photoelectric sensors are unsuitable for use.

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