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Energy Harvesting for Sensors    April 6, 2012
By: Randy Frank

Distributed wireless sensing gets even more attractive if frequent battery changes can be eliminated. That’s the whole idea behind energy harvesting (EH). Depending on the system design and the type of energy source used, EH enables the design of wireless sensor nodes to provide data for remote...more >>

Energy Harvesting: A Game Changing Technology   April 10, 2009
By: Randy Frank

The synergy between wireless, portable sensor products, and energy harvesting has created one of the newest hot topic areas in sensing. Today, the potential for free energy certainly gets engineers' attention. However, the broad range of market possibilities discussed for its near-term usage is...more >>

Energy Harvesting: Opening New Sensor Opportunities   May 9, 2008
By: Randy Frank

Sensor applications that normally rely on battery power, especially wireless sensors, are limited by the battery's life or its need for recharging. Using power available from the environment, such as mechanical energy from vibration and wind, sunlight, or temperature differences, several companies...more >>

Automotive Sensors Solve Tough Problems   May 10, 2007
By: Randy Frank

Designers of automotive electronics and their automotive customers have truly challenging requirements for sensor suppliers but usually have several suppliers who are more than capable of meeting them. These high-volume applications attract sensor manufacturers who compete with product...more >>

Improving the MEMS Pressure Sensor   July 1, 2000
By: Andrew McNeil,Gordon Bitko,Randy Frank

MEMS pressure sensors have always provided easy interface to an MCU, reliability, and low cost. New manufacturing processes and designs have reduced their die sizes while enhancing their performance.

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