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Sensors' Top 50 Products of 2006

November 1, 2006 By: Melanie Martella, Sensors Sensors

We see a lot of new products over the course of a year, in a variety of venues. From all the new products we heard about in 2006, here's our selection of those that we found the most interesting. You'll find a brief description of the product and some comments on what qualities attracted our attention. If your interest is piqued, please check out the online version of this article, which provides links to the vendors mentioned.

Flexible Position Sensor

MTS Systems Corp., Sensors Div., Cary, NC, offers the flexible C Series magnetostrictive position sensors to provide curvilinear measurements in relevant applications. (919-677-2314,,

A flexible version of its Temposonics position sensor, designed for high-volume production. —BG

Rotary Position Hall IC

The MLX90316 programmable Triaxis Hall IC from Melexis Microelectronic Integrated Systems, Concord, NH, measures all 3 magnetic flux density components at a single point. (603-223-2362,

Lets you make a very simple and inexpensive absolute rotary position sensor. —BG

Fiber-Optic Readout System

BRR-3500 Series fiber-optic readout systems from Blue Road Research, Gresham, OR, make multidimensional measurements to let you determine damage and strain gradients for any structure in which a fiber-optic sensor can be embedded. (503-667-7772,,

Enables multidimensional measurements of both static and dynamic faults in structures. —BG

Programmable MEMS Gyroscope

The ADIS16250 from Analog Devices Inc., Norwood, MA, is a MEMS gyroscope that lets you scale the sensitivity from ±80°/s to ±320°/s and has programmable features accessible via SPI. (800-262-5643,

Loved the scalable sensitivity and programmable features. —MM

Mesh Networking System

SmartMesh from Dust Networks, Berkeley, CA, is a wireless mesh networking platform optimized for low data-rate sensor networking in building automation, industrial monitoring, and security. (866-289-3878,,

Provides a good combination of features, including very low power consumption and promise of 99.99% reliability. —BG

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