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Demand for Sensor Interfaces Growing

December 4, 2007

Frost & Sullivan research finds increasing use is supported by a significant reduction in the manufacturing cost of these ICs, particularly in the automotive and consumer electronics sectors.


PALO ALTO, CA /BUSINESS WIRE/ -- The past few decades have witnessed an explosive growth in sensors and sensor-based applications, which has led to a greater demand for sensor interfacing integrated circuits (ICs). Additionally, the dominance of electronic control over mechanical control further influences the growth of sensor interfacing ICs.

New analysis from Frost & Sullivan, "Developments in Sensor Interfaces," finds that data acquisition systems form an important end-user segment for sensor interfacing. The numerous applications for smart sensor systems require efficient data acquisition strategies to handle the variety of sensory data produced.

If you are interested in a virtual brochure, which provides manufacturers, end users, and other industry participants an overview of the latest analysis of the "Developments in Sensor Interfaces," then send an email to Sara Villarruel, Corporate Communications, at sara.villarruel@frost.com, with the following information: your full name, company name, title, telephone number, email address, city, state, and country. We will send you the information via email upon receipt of the above information.

"The cost of the underlying technology employed in sensor interface design and development propels advancements in this area," notes Frost & Sullivan Research Analyst Prithvi Raj. "Modern manufacturing processes and the advent of advanced technologies, such as improved amplifier designs, have facilitated a significant reduction in the manufacturing costs of typical sensor interfacing ICs."

End-user markets represent one of the primary drivers for the adoption of sensor interfacing. The applications that need signal conditioning, as well as interfacing, fall into the categories of communications, consumer, automotive, and industrial. These end-user application markets will continue to drive developments in sensor interfacing. With new application areas evolving at a rapid pace, interfacing techniques will be forced to keep up, thereby fostering an environment of constant innovation and improvement.

However, given the sheer number of sensors currently available in the market and that various devices have adopted numerous sensing principles, the task of designing appropriate interfacing ICs to satisfy them all appears daunting.

"Since a majority of these sensors output analog signals, analog interfacing is a must," says Raj. "However, it is not possible to employ the same type of interfacing as there could be a significant difference between the type of output (i.e., resistive, capacitive, or inductive)."

Designing a system requires the proper knowledge of the various output parameters of the sensor interfaces. Despite the presence of many highly versatile sensor interface chips in the market, they remain limited to specific sensor types.

"Developments in Sensor Interfaces" is part of the Technical Insights Growth Partnership Services program, and provides an in-depth analysis of the problems, as well as technical developments, surrounding sensor interface and signal conditioning ICs. This research service analyzes the impact of sensor interfaces in the automotive and consumer electronic sectors. It also includes an overview of the major influencing factors for the adoption of sensor interfaces, along with the technology's most significant challenges. This research service includes detailed technology analysis and industry trends, evaluated following extensive interviews with market participants.

Technical Insights is an international technology analysis business that produces a variety of technical news alerts, newsletters, and research services.

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