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New Position Sensors Assist Bridge Inspection Engineers
An ongoing challenge in the USA is that our transportation infrastructure is aging. Typically major bridges were built more than 50 years ago, and increasing traffic has resulted in load limits being placed on many of them. More>>

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Altium Joins AUTomotive Open System ARchitecture     April 17, 2014

Sydney, Australia –Altium Limited, a global leader in Smart System Design Automation, 3D PCB design (Altium Designer), and embedded software development (TASKING), has joined the AUTOSAR (AUTomotive Open System ARchitecture) development partnership. More>>

Toshiba Debuts World's Fastest microSD Memory Cards     April 17, 2014

Extending its industry leadership in memory card solutions, Toshiba America Electronic Components, Inc., (TAEC), a committed leader that collaborates with technology companies to create breakthrough designs, has introduced the world's fastest[1] microSD memory cards. The new cards are the first in...More>>

LUXEON Ultraviolet LEDs Available from RS Components Deliver Industry's Highest Power Density     April 17, 2014

RS Components (RS), the trading brand of Electrocomponents plc, distributor of electronics and maintenance products, has announced availability of high-power LUXEON ultraviolet (UV) LEDs from Philips Lumileds. Featuring the industry's smallest footprint of just 2.2 sq. mm, the high-power emitters...More>>

LumaStream Broadens Trinity Line of LED Remote Power Drivers     April 17, 2014

LumaStream announced that it has expanded its Trinity line of remote power drivers for LED lighting, adding an analog model with as many control zones as power channels to give lighting designers and system integrators ultimate design flexibility. More>>

TI broadens offerings for advanced driver assistance systems with new Vision Software Development Kit, Embedded Vision Engine and DSP libraries     April 17, 2014

Texas Instruments announced the availability of its Vision Software Development Kit (SDK) offering developers a flexible framework, comprehensive set of hardware device drivers and a useful set of development tools for more efficient implementations of advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) on...More>>

DeLorme Announces inReach Explorer, the World's First Satellite Communicator with Built-In Navigation     April 17, 2014

DeLorme has announced the upcoming launch of its newest product, inReach Explorer, incorporating a new range of navigation functions. The latest generation of inReach will be available in stores in early May and builds on DeLorme's award-winning technology to keep outdoor adventurers, offshore...More>>

Pocket-sized anthrax detector aids global agriculture     April 17, 2014

A credit-card-sized anthrax detection cartridge developed at Sandia National Laboratories and recently licensed to a small business makes testing safer, easier, faster and cheaper.More>>

Sensor Hubs Make Big Gains While Enabling the Future of Sensing     April 16, 2014

Sensor hubs that offload tasks from power-hungry application processors and let mobile devices like smartphones and tablets run longer on a single battery charge are reaping gargantuan gains thanks to the global microelectromechanical systems (MEMS) market, with shipment growth this year alone in...More>>



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The Fine Line Between Inanity And Innovation
By Mat Dirjish, Executive Editor, Sensors Magazine
April first, affectionately known as April Fools' Day, was this past Tuesday and I'm sure you've had your fill of pranks. This is the day many an unsuspecting man, woman, and child may be asked to "look over there" and then taunted with the phrase "made ya' look" and .... More>>

Come To Sensors Expo 2014, Relax, And Get Away From It All
By Mat Dirjish, Executive Editor, Sensors Magazine
Attend a major trade show to relax? Get away from it all, like a real vacation? You must be mad! Tradeshows are work and especially hard work for those toiling in the technological coal mines. Surely you have lost your senses .... More>>

Know and Grow
By Kenneth F. Stern, President & Founder of Synxronos
In order for a company to develop a profitable growth strategy, it should have a detailed understanding of its costs, competitive position and customer environment. However, due to resource constraints, department managers are usually focused on near term issues.... More>>

Advances in EPS Implementation through Multi-Direction Magnetic Sensing
By Peter Riendeau, Melexis.
As the scope of tasks Hall Effect (magnetic) sensors can perform continues to expand, these sensors are becoming viable for use in everything from headlight positioning to air conditioning, and from electronic stability control to anti-lock braking systems. More>>

Significant Growth Potential for Image Sensors in Automotive Market
By Robert Stead, Events EU, Smithers.
Image sensors are currently experiencing particularly impressive growth potential in the automotive sector, specifically in Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS). In these ADAS, image sensors improve driver safety by........ More>>

Sensor Technology Automates Feeding Control in Single Use Bioreactors
By: Bill Campbell, Stratophase Ltd.
Bioprocessing dates back over 100 years, in fact, beer manufacturing is a bioprocess operation and original bioreactors could be as simple as oak casks. A more recent history is dominated by either glass reactor vessels or stainless steel. More>>

Decoding Manchester-Based Serial-Data Protocols For Sensor-to-Controller Applications
By: David Maliniak, Technical Marketing Communication Specialist, Teledyne LeCroy
Most modern digital oscilloscopes sport decode software for many well-known serial-data protocols, which include I2C, SPI, CAN, USB, and Ethernet. Meanwhile, some emerging and/or lesser-known protocols, including some specifically aimed at sensor-to-controller applications, find themselves out in the cold with respect to decode software. More>>

Industry’s Smallest Current Sensor Maintains Precision And Accuracy
By: Mat Dirjish, Executive Editor, Sensors Magazine
Sporting a digital design that requires no calibration and consuming just one-sixth the board space of comparable devices, the TLI4970 debuts as the market’s smallest current sensor, measuring 7 mm x 7 mm x1 mm. More>>

MCUs For Sensor Apps Set Size Benchmark
By: Mat Dirjish, Executive Editor, Sensors Magazine
LAPIS Semiconductor, a ROHM Group Company, unveils what it is calling the industry's smallest low-power microcontrollers (MCUs) for sensor management, data collection, and processing. Measuring in at 3.1 mm x 3 mm, the ML610Q793 andML610Q794G include the company's original eight-bit RISC CPU Core...... More>>

Demystifying Thermopile IR Temp Sensors
By: Vasco Polyzoev and Habib Karaki, Texas Instruments
Thermopile temperature sensors offer the advantage of non-contact temperature measurement while thermopile sensors use infrared (IR) radiation versus conduction for heat transfer. Using IR thermopile sensors is not as complex as one might think. More>>

High-Speed Camera Captures The Invisible
By: Mat Dirjish, Executive Editor, Sensors Magazine
For scientists, researchers, and engineers needing to record invents moving fart too fast for the human eye, the Phantom v2010 camera captures more than 22,000 frames-per-second (fps) at full resolution using high-definition and widescreen 1280 x 800 CMOS sensors. More>>

Smart Viticulture Project in Spain Uses Sensor Devices to Harvest Healthier, More Abundant Grapes for Albariño Wines
By: Javier Martinez, Chief Sales & Business Development Officer at Libelium
Smart applications are becoming more prevalent in big cities and urban environments and in the countryside as well. Smart agriculture brings state-of-the-art technology to an industry where the plow and sickle have ruled for thousands of years. More>>

MAXIM Unleashes the Industry's Smallest Ambient Light Sensor
By: Mat Dirjish, Executive Editor, Sensors Magazine
Also dubbed Santa Cruz, the MAXREFDES23is the industry’s smallest ambient light sensor (ALS) integrating the IO-Link protocol. . More>>

Relative Humidity Sensing Adds Value to Outdoor Electronics
By: Bill Simcoe, Product Manager at Silicon Labs
As more and more electronic components are finding their way into outdoor equipment and remote locations, the need for environmental monitoring around equipment is becoming more valuable. More>>

Some more of the Latest & Greatest Pressure Sensors, Part Two
By: Mat Dirjish, Executive Editor, Sensors Magazine
Here are some more of the hottest pressure sensors currently available. More>>

Micro Electro-Mechanical Systems Forge Advancements and Use of Pressure Sensor Technology
By: Karmjit Sidhu, Vice President, Product Development, American Sensor Technologies
Sensor technology has experienced substantial growth, both in use and development, thanks in large part to the implementation and large-scale commercialization of Micro Electro-Mechanical Systems (MEMs). More>>

How to Select the Ideal Pressure Sensor
By: Kyle Horsman, Product Specialist, Instrumentation Sensors at TURCK Inc.
Pressure sensors measure movement or deflection on an area with the use of specialty devices. Many pressure sensors use a type of strain gauge or diaphragm that creates a signal to be processed based upon the amount of deflection the diaphragm is exposed to.  More>>

Roundup of Some of the Latest & Greatest Pressure Sensors on the Market, Part One
By: Mat Dirjish, Executive Editor, Sensors Magazine
In keeping with this month's spotlight on pressure sensors, here is a listing with brief descriptions of just a few of the hottest pressure sensors and related technologies available now. More>>

The Winners of the 2013 Best of Sensors Expo AwardsThe Winners of the 2013 Best of Sensors Expo Awards
By: Melanie Martella, Sensors
In 2013 we expanded the Best of Sensors Expo Awards program to recognize innovative sensor and sensor-related products, novel sensor applications, and the engineering teams working behind the scenes to advance the sensor industry; here are our winners. More>>

 

Software for Very Large Sensor Networks:
OrderOne Networks Scalable Embedded

By: David Davies, OrderOne Networks Ltd.
In this article we introduce software that can be used to easily create large sensor networks for use in utility network metering, transit systems, and oversight of large industrial operations and facilities, among other applications. More>>

Thermistors As Accurate Temperature Sensors Part 2: Application and Results
By: Darren O'Connor and Kasandra O'Malia, Laboratory for Atmospheric and Space Physics, University of Colorado
In Part 2 of this two-part article we apply our method to a real-world application and show how, by combining estimation methods with thermistor characterization data, we can achieve high accuracy measurements over a wide temperature range using the simple voltage divider circuit we described in Part 1. More>>

 

 


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