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December 14, 2012     

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Sensors Insights By Ian Chen

A Case for Smart Sensors
Following the massive proliferation of sensors in smartphones, many have predicted that mobile devices would soon see new generations of smart sensors. Over the last few years, while sensors in smartphones have gotten smaller, now consume less power, and feature better performance, they haven't gotten much smarter; while the performance of individual sensors has increased, their functionality has not expanded. What happened? continued

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DARPA Awards NVIDIA Major Research Contract
The contract is for the development of embedded processor technologies that enable dramatic improvements in the ability of autonomous vehicles to collect and process data from onboard sensors. continued

VOIS Acquires Mind Solutions
Mind Solutions develops thought-control-technologies, allowing users to interact with the computers and other machines through the power of the mind. continued

Sensor Maker Orders paradigmE Systems
A major producer of CMOS image sensors has purchased additional semiconductor wafer processing equipment from Mattson Technology to support volume production. continued

ST Announces New Strategic Plan
The company will exit ST-Ericsson after a transition period and focus on five product areas: MEMS and sensors, smart power, automotive products, microcontrollers, and application processors, including digital consumer. continued

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Wearable mhealth Devices on the Rise
ABI Research report predicts shipments of sports and wellness devices, leveraging improved connectivity to mobile handsets, will pass 30 million in 2012. continued


Vaisala Unveils Continuous Monitoring System
The wireless transmitter allows secure monitoring, alarming, and reporting of temperature, relative humidity, CO2, differential pressure, contacts, and other critical parameters. continued

Cooking Hacks Unveils e-Health Sensor Platform
The new system senses nine biometric parameters, simplifying the development of e-health applications and products using Arduino and Raspberry Pi open source hardware. continued

PrimeSense Launches Tiny 3D Sensor
The Capri is a next-generation, low-cost depth acquisition system on chip, offering improved algorithms, including multi-modal 3D sensing techniques, for small form factor electronics applications. continued

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Red Lion Offers Industrial Data Collection Unit
The ZR Series Enhanced Data Station Plus and Modular Controller delivers protocol conversion, data logging, and remote machine access at high speed. continued

Primoceler Unveils New Glass Welding Machine
The laser-based microfabrication technology significantly reduces the heat-affected zone during the hermetic sealing of sensitive components, presenting manufacturers with new possibilities for the creation of products with sensitive components. continued


CEVA and Orca Collaborate
The two companies will work together to deliver a complete Bluetooth 4.0 reference design for integration into mobile computing and consumer electronics devices. continued

UniPixel and Major PC Maker Collaborate
The two companies will enter into a multi-million dollar preferred price and capacity license agreement to introduce products with UniBoss-based touch screens. continued

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