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Smart Parking Sensor Platform Saves Motorists Time and Fuel

June 1, 2011 6:06 am | News | Comments

Libelium announced the launch of its Waspmote-based Smart Parking platform, designed to be buried in parking spaces and to detect the arrival and departure of vehicles.

Non-Contact Triaxis Sensors Deliver Linear, Rotary and 3D Position Information

May 31, 2011 8:16 am | Articles | Comments

The second generation of Triaxis sensors from Melexis addresses a variety of position sensing requirements in advanced device and subsystem control as well as in human/machine interfaces.

New Sensing Solutions to be Introduced at Sensors Expo and Conference

May 26, 2011 7:10 am | News | Comments

More than 150 exhibitors will showcase the newest technologies for sensors and sensors-related industries at the 2011 Sensors Expo & Conference, June 7-8 at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont, IL. The following is a sampling of the state-of-the-art measurement and monitoring devices for MEMS, Energy Harvesting, Mobile Sensing, Wireless Sensor Networking and more that will be on display Tuesday, June 7 from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. and Wednesday, June 8 from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. 

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The Tinker's Toolbox - a Radical Improvement in Sensor Design

March 4, 2011 6:20 am | Podcasts | Comments

In this episode of the Tinker's Toolbox we talk to Anita Ganti of National Semiconductor about their new configurable sensor AFE ICs and the enhanced functionality of the WEBENCH Sensor AFE Designer.

ON Semiconductor Completes Acquisition of ISBU from Cypress Semiconductor

February 28, 2011 5:51 am | News | Comments

ON Semiconductor has completed its acquisition of the CMOS Image Sensor Business Unit (ISBU) from Cypress Semiconductor in an all cash transaction for approximately $31.4 million, subject to adjustment under the purchase agreement. The purchase price was approximately

Pelican Imaging Unveils Revolutionary Approach to Smartphone Cameras

February 9, 2011 7:16 am | News | Comments

Pelican Imaging Corporation announced that it has developed the first prototype array camera for mobile devices. In addition, the company has announced its Technical Advisory Board that is comprised of three leading experts in computational imaging. The members are

The Gesture Recognition Market

January 7, 2011 6:00 am | by Sinclair Vass, JDSU (www.jdsu.tv) | Blogs | Comments

Since the gesture recognition market is still in its early stages, there are a variety of suppliers around the world that are just emerging as key players

Nordic Semiconductor and ANT Partner with Yellow Digital to Demonstrate eWellness Platform

January 6, 2011 6:52 am | News | Comments

Ultra low power (ULP) RF specialist Nordic Semiconductor ASA (OSE: NOD) and ANT Wireless announce their participation in an “eWellness” cycling performance monitoring exhibit with leading consumer electronics and technology companies today at CES. Yellow Digital Health Lab, Inc., a leading eWellness platform and service provider based in Santa Monica, CA and Tokyo, is coordinating the companies and products used in the exhibit; these include

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Embedded Motion-Control System Suits Next-Generation Connected TV Applications

January 5, 2011 7:22 am | Hillcrest Labs | Product Releases | Comments

Hillcrest Labs, a leader in motion-control technology and interactive television applications, announced a new low cost, embedded motion-control system for TV manufacturers.

Low-energy DECT Variant Aids Sensor Networks

January 4, 2011 7:49 am | by Steven Leussink, SiTel Semiconductor | Blogs | Comments

Wireless sensor nodes need to run on batteries for many years. SiTel Semiconductor and RTX Telecom are proposing a new ultra-low-energy extension to the existing DECT standard especially for this kind of application.

Hall-Effect Sensor IC Offers Low Jitter and High Sensitivity

December 28, 2010 8:23 am | Product Releases | Comments

Allegro MicroSystems, Inc. introduces a user-programmable linear Hall-effect sensor IC with pulse width modulated output.

Ensuring Reliability: A New Method for Measuring Pressure Distribution During Encapsulation

November 23, 2010 5:45 am | by Dr. Thomas Schreir-Alt, Fraunhofer IZM, www.izm.fraunhofer.de, and Jeffrey G. Stark, Sensor Products Inc.,www.sensorprod.com | Articles | Comments

The integration of sensors and actuators into encapsulated multi-chip modules creates formidable challenges to characterizing and controlling process pressure. However, a new measurement method developed by Fraunhofer IZM shows that pressure-indicating sensor film can fully characterize the area pressure distribution on the cavity and on substrate surfaces within a mold cavity during encapsulation.

Ultra-Miniature SMD Through-Shaft Rotary Sensor Delivers 360º Absolute Position

September 28, 2010 9:24 am | Product Releases | Comments

Piher International has introduced the non-contacting MTS 360 SMD Rotary Position Sensor, which combines through-shaft design with 360º absolute position feedback in an ultra-miniature size.

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Digital Hall-Effect Sensors and the Basics of Digital Switching Methods

August 10, 2010 5:08 am | Videos | Comments

Melexis presents a video demonstration of magnetic digital Hall-effect sensors

SID 2010: Ocular Multi-touch Touchscreen Technology

May 28, 2010 6:37 am | Videos | Comments

At the 2010 Society for Information Display (SID) Conference, Phil Spivey, President and CEO of Ocular, discusses their newest advancements in multi-touch touchscreen technology, with input for up to 10 fingers.

mTouch Projected Capacitive Touchscreen at SID 2010

May 28, 2010 6:29 am | Videos | Comments

At the 2010 Society for Information Display (SID) Conference, Carol Crawford from Microchip discusses their mTouch projected capacitive touchscreen sensing technology.

Sensor Captures both Linear and Angular Motion

January 5, 2010 6:16 am | Stmicroelectronics | Product Releases | Comments

STMicroelectronics, a leading supplier of MEMS for consumer and portable applications, has integrated a 3-axis digital accelerometer with a 2-axis analog gyroscope in a single module.

Omron MEMS Flow Sensor Product Training Module

December 21, 2009 4:14 am | Videos | Comments

This product training module offers a succinct and informative presentation of Omron's MEMS flow sensor line-up, as well as their MEMS technology.

Human Fall Detection Using New MEMS Accelerometer Technology

December 9, 2009 6:10 am | by Ning Jia, field applications engineer, Analog Devices, Inc., www.analog.com | Articles | Comments

For humans, an unobserved fall can have very serious consequences. In some cases, the initial injury can become more traumatic if not treated within a short time. In other cases, an individual can suffer an accidental fall as the result of weakness or dizziness due to a diminished self-care and self-protective ability.

The Role of Pressure Sensors in Medical Devices

October 5, 2009 5:16 am | by Robert Guziak, Sr. Engineering Manager & Lori Appel-- Manager, Marketing Communications, Kavlico | Articles | Comments

The current state of healthcare today in the US is one which focuses upon cost containment, while at the same time, providing the advancements of modern technology to an aging population.  Finding effective treatment methods at affordable levels, while at the same time providing patients with high quality care is certainly a tightrope act many healthcare providers walk.

Practical Considerations for Wireless Sensor Networks and Mesh Networking

September 22, 2009 7:25 am | by Robert Jackson, Wireless and Energy Product Manager, National Instruments | Articles | Comments

In Crossing the Chasm, Geoffrey A. Moore introduced the Technology Adoption Lifecycle.  This curve highlights a chasm that exists between visionaries who are early adopters of technology and pragmatists who wait for proven technologies and products.  For technologies to “cross the chasm” one key component are products with defined product specifications and system deployment guidelines.

Sensors Expo Report, 2009

July 1, 2009 2:12 pm | Articles | Comments

Energy harvesting technology took center stage at this year’s Sensors Expo in Rosemont, IL. Whether the solution obtained its power from the sun, heat, vibration, wind, RF or magnetics, there was a device at the show to take advantage of many of these or other ambient conditions. Infinite Power Solutions’ THINERGY thin micro-energy cells (MECs), in capacities of .0 mAh and 0.4 mAh initially, are positioned as the world’s most powerful batteries for their size and outperform all other micro-batteries.

The Climate is Right for Wireless Environmental Sensors

May 21, 2009 2:39 pm | by Sol Jacobs, Tadiran Batteries, www.tadiran.com | Articles | Comments

The effects of man-made climate change, once seen as a problem for future generations, is now viewed as an immediate threat, have led to significant technological investments to build a more sustainable future. From measuring the decline of snow packs in Antarctica and the North Pole, to measuring the impact of man-made dams on salmon migration patterns, to the development of systems that better predict natural disasters, remote wireless sensors are playing an increasingly critical role in advanced scientific technology.

Breaking the Bandwidth Bottleneck

May 18, 2009 1:19 pm | Product Releases | Comments

In carrier networks, the fiber plant uses Dense Wavelength-Division Multiplexing (DWDM) technology to combine more than 80 channels to transport the Internet traffic. Today, these DWDM channels are dominated by 10Gb/s line rate and channels are separated by a 50GHz spacing. With limited fiber, these 10G channels are the constraints at the critical fiber route now.

Wireless ICs in Automotive Security Applications

May 18, 2009 1:01 pm | by Gilles Cerede, Melexis Technologies, www.melexis.com | Articles | Comments

Let's start with a tough question: What is the difference between TPMS system and PKE system? Nothing! A TPMS system is placed inside the wheel and composed of a sensing device that measures temperature and pressure. When appropriate, for example before starting the engine, the car requests a measurement through a wireless link. If a pressure default occurs in one of the wheels, the car warns the driver through a signal on the dashboard. In PKE applications, the user carries a key fob device which contains an encoded identifier (ID). When the driver enters their car, the car requests the key fob ID through the wireless link. If the ID matches the ID stored by the car,

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