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Sensors Insights By Peter Riendeau

A New Vision for Driver Assistance Systems
Although the numbers have steadily declined in recent years, European countries still report 75 traffic fatalities every day. Use of optoelectronics to provide video for modern automotive driver assistance systems (ADAS), however, can greatly reduce the likelihood of accidents. continued

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Lightwave to Provide Polymers for LADAR R&D
The company will provide its organic nonlinear optical polymers to the University of Colorado's Guided Wave Optics Laboratory and Boulder Nonlinear Systems in support of efforts to develop a prototype 3D imaging laser radar system. continued

CrucialTec Orders Over 3 Million FPC Sensors
The swipe sensor technology will be used to provide security for Asian smartphones and tablets. continued

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Food-Beverage Industry Sensor Demand Grows
Frost & Sullivan research forecasts that increasing investment in automation and control systems will drive the uptake of sensor applications. continued


POET Continues Platform Commercialization
The company will move to the next development phase its planar-optoelectronic technology for fabrication of integrated electronic and optical devices on semiconductor wafers, addressing feature size and scalability requirements for commercial fabs. continued

New Sensor Promises to Advance Robot Vision
Pixy is a low-cost smart camera, about half the size of a business card, that is easy to use and can be trained to detect specific objects. continued

Lattice Unveils iCEstick Evaluation Kit
The kit speeds product development by providing an FPGA, hardware features, and reference designs targeting infrared and sensor functions for smartphones, tablets, gaming devices, and other applications. continued

Balluff Debuts Flatpack SteelFace Sensor
The inductive proximity sensor with weld-resistant coating is designed for applications that require a compact form factor and an enclosure that can withstand the most abusive operating conditions. continued

Cirus Controls Introduces GPS DataSmart
The reporting system provides valuable winter road maintenance information in easy-to-use maps and reports to help managers improve performance and reduce operational costs. continued

TI Debuts Nano-Power System Timers
The TPL5000 with watchdog timer and TPL5100 with MOS driver slash power consumption as much as 80% and extend the lifetime of battery-powered and energy harvesting systems. continued

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CrowdOptic and Carnegie Mellon Partner
Researchers of the two organizations will develop a new mapping technology to enable users of wearable electronic devices to create and share visual breadcrumb trails to find and follow each other indoors. continued

Ambiq Micro Closes Series B Funding
The company will use the $10 million of funding to expand its Subthreshold Power Optimized Technology design platform, accelerate new product development, and expand worldwide market presence. continued

Coraid and Splunk Announce Technical Alliance
The two companies will work together to enable large-scale machine data analytics in Coraid enterprise and cloud data centers through Splunk Enterprise. continued


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