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November 1, 2006 By: Melanie Martella, Sensors Sensors

Humidity Sensor

Innovative Sensor Technology IST AG, Wattwil, Switzerland, offers the FemtoCap 2 × 4 mm, SMT-compatible humidity sensor. The capacitive humidity sensor has a linear transfer function, a base capacitance of 180 pF, and a basic slope of 0.3 pF/%RH. Targeted to markets such as automotive and white goods, the sensor may also be useful for low-cost humidifiers, dishwashers, clothes dryers, home weather displays, and toys. (+41 71-987-73-73,,

Fingertip Pressure Sensors

Pressure Profile Systems (PPS) Inc., Los Angeles, CA, offers FingerTPS tactile pressure sensors that are designed to be worn on your fingertips and palm to measure the pressures exerted while you use a tool or perform some action. The capacitive sensors can measure pressures up to 10 lb. in 0.1 lb. increments and are <2 mm thick. FingerTPS systems are currently available as a research and development kit, with up to 4 finger and palm sensors for each hand. (310-641-8100,,

Ultrasonic Sensor

The Schneider Electric Sensor Competency Center, Dayton, OH, offers the Hyde Park Virtu 30 ultrasonic sensor in a 30 mm barrel-style body. Sensors have a 1 m sensing distance, protection ratings of NEMA 4X and IP67, and are available with the option of being NO, NC, or having a teachable output, using an external removable pushbutton. Applications include conveyor systems, food and beverage production, pharmaceuticals, and automotive. (800-435-2121,,

Triaxial Accelerometers

SCA3000 Series 3-axis accelerometers from VTI Technologies Oy, Vantaa, Finland, are designed for OEMs. Sensing range is ±2 g or ±3 g, depending on model. The SCA3000-D01 and D02 devices have been developed for high-performance rechargeable battery-operated equipment. The SCA3000-E01 and E02 consume 120 µA or 200 µA, respectively, and are intended for handheld and wrist-held battery-operated devices. Features include equal performance on all axes, 2.35–3.6 V supply voltage, and selectable frequency response. (+358 9-879-181,,

8-bit Microcontrollers with Ethernet

Microchip Technology Inc., Chandler, AZ, offers the PIC18F97J60 family of 8-bit microcontrollers with an integrated IEEE 802.3-compliant Ethernet communications peripheral. Designed for embedded applications, the microcontrollers integrate a 10Base-T Ethernet controller (MAC and PHY) onto a 10 MIPS PIC18 microcontroller with up to 128 KB of Flash program memory. A dedicated 8 KB Ethernet buffer enables efficient packet storage, retrieval, and modification. The company also offers a free TCP/IP software stack. (888-628-6247,

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