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September 1, 2006 By: Melanie Martella, Sensors Sensors


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. Gyroscope output is precalibrated. Programmable features include sample rate, filter response, self test, rate alarms, and power management modes. The device also includes auxiliary ADC and DAC ports and general-purpose I/O. Applications include industrial instrumentation, platform stabilization, and navigation. (800-262-5643, www.analog.com)



Control, DA Software


National Instruments, Austin, TX, offers LabVIEW 8.20, the 20th anniversary edition of its graphical design platform for control, test, and embedded systems development. New features include enhanced distributed system management, advanced analysis and control algorithms, new targets for HMIs, new machine monitoring functions, the ability to integrate models developed in The MathWorks' Simulink environment, and streamlined prototyping and development of control systems in industrial computers, FPGAs, or custom designs. (info@ni.com, www.ni.com)



Solid-State Compass


A 3-axis device, the EZ-COMPASS-3A from Advanced Orientation Systems (AOS) Inc., Linden, NJ, is a magnetometer compass with tilt and temperature compensation and suited for use in marine and land navigation, vehicle and structure positioning, construction, and antenna and satellite tracking. The 1.5 3 2.0 3 0.5 in. module weighs ~11 g and generates heading, pitch, roll, magnetic field, and temperature over RS-232 or RS-422 ports. The compass measures tilt angles up to ±90 arc degrees. (908-474-9595, www.aositilt.com)



Reflective Color Sensor


The OPB780 reflective color sensing assembly from TT electronics OPTEK Technology, Carrollton, TX, provides high-resolution digital measurement of the red, green, and blue components of light reflected from the surface being sensed. The assembly's white LED illuminates the surface of the object or liquid being sensed and the reflected light is received by an 8 3 8 photodiode array of 4 selectable groups of red, green, blue, and clear-filtered photodiodes. A light-to-frequency converter then lets the assembly communicate directly with a microcontroller. (972-323-2200, sensors@optekinc.com, www.optekinc.com)

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