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Sensors Insights By Melanie Martella

February R&D Round Up
Ah, February, shortest of months and yet simultaneously the winter month that seems the longest. To cheer you up (or at least intrigue and educate you), this month's sensor developments include novel materials to get rid of biofilms, nanotubes to the rescue for making optical power measurements, and spray-on organic electronics to boost the light sensitivity of CMOS image sensors. continued

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Sotera Receives Initial Financing
The $1.33 million is part of $14.8 million of financing, which will be used to build out the sales and distribution network for the ViSi Mobile medical monitoring platform. continued

Measurement Specialties Expands Credit Limit
The credit agreement amendment increases the company's aggregate commitments to $185 million from $110 million, providing $75 million of increased borrowing availability to support future expansion. continued

SWS Licenses FT-IR Technology to Hamamatsu
The photonics company will use the single-chip MEMS spectrometer to open up more possibilities for portable spectrometry, enabling the move from bulky and costly laboratory equipment to compact and inexpensive field equipment. continued


Smart Appliance Market Expected to Grow
Pike Research forecasts this sector will reach $34.9 billion by 2020, with expansion limited by the small number of smart appliances commercially available on the market. continued

Image Sensor Advances Expand Range of Uses
Frost & Sullivan research indicates that fabrication and design innovations have allowed the technology to penetrate a wider range of applications, but the high cost of these devices is a significant challenge for the overall image sensors market. continued

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Toshiba to Launch Barcode Reader Image Sensor
The TCD1256GAG CCD linear image sensor will be launched September 2013, shrinking the package size to one-seventh that of Toshiba's current product and expanding the bar code reader application field. continued

OFS Splices Sapphire and Silica Optical Fibers
The successful new method of fusing the two materials overcomes traditional barriers and extends the commercial application of sapphire fibers to high-temperature instrumentation. continued

Awarepoint Launches Bed & Bay Sensor
The new medical RTLS precisely tracks mobile equipment and patient and caregiver interactions in locations with tight bed spacing, such as the emergency department and pre- and post-anesthesia care. continued

Redpine Introduces M2M Multi-standard Chip
The combo chip RS9113 offers dual-band 11abgn Wi-Fi, dual-mode Bluetooth 4.0, and ZigBee interfaces on a single die for M2M device manufacturers. continued

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ULIS Announces New IR Thermal Sensor Array
The high-sensitivity Micro80P brings additional capabilities to building diagnostics and automation equipment used in energy management. continued

Coventor Ships MEMS+IC Co-Design Platform
MEMS+ 3.0 software accelerates the development of complex 3D electronic systems by providing new fluidic, package thermal deformation, and noise simulation capabilities, as well as an expanded component library. continued


PCL Community and OpenNI Partner
The two organizations will cooperate to promote OpenNI as the standard for 3D sensing acquisition and development to bring computer vision solutions to the 3D sensing developer community. continued

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