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Sensors Insights By Tom Kevan

Always-On Sensing Changes Everything
Sensors have long played key roles on mobile platforms, but a fundamental improvement in their operating parameters suggests big changes are afoot. Last month, a number of new mobile phones entered the market, distinguished by their always-on sensor functionality. In the past, these sensors were turned off periodically to avoid draining precious battery power and to free up the main processor as much as possible. Now, with the introduction of additional technology, that's all changing, and this shift promises to usher in a raft of new features and applications. continued

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Benchmark Acquires CTS' EMS Business
The sale of the electronics manufacturing business is part of CTS' strategy to pursue core market expansion opportunities in components and sensors. continued

Misfit Selects Wicentric's Bluetooth Software
The wearable sensor product provider chose the exactLE Stack to supply Bluetooth low-energy connectivity to its Shine physical activity monitor. continued

meta Selects SoftKinetic Technology
The company will use SoftKinetic's 3D camera technology and gesture-recognition middleware to bring real-time 3D input and natural interactions to its Meta. 01 wearable computing device. continued



Vivante Unveils Area-Optimized GPU
The tiny new OpenGL ES 2.0 GPU, the GC 400, targets silicon vendors designing smart devices for wearable and Internet of Things devices. continued

A Better Device to Detect Ultraviolet Light
A new type of photodiode shows promise for space-based communications and monitoring ozone depletion. continued

Roboteq Launches I/O Card for Raspberry PI
RIO expands the Raspberry's limited I/O capabilities by adding 13 inputs that can be configured as digital inputs; 0 to 5 V analog inputs, with 12-bit resolution; or pulse inputs capable of pulse width, duty cycle, or frequency capture. continued

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LeddarTech Debuts Sensor SDK
The new software development kit provides an application programming interface in .Net and C, allowing developers to create applications that control the sensor settings and acquire the measurements at the sensor's full rate of operation. continued

Silicon Labs Launches Energy-Friendly MCUs
The EFM32 Zero Gecko MCU family is based on the ARM Cortex-M0+ core, offers 32-bit resolution, and includes a five-mode energy management system that enables applications to remain in an energy-optimal state. continued

ADI Debuts 3-Axis, 200-g MEMS Accelerometer
The ADXL375 promises more than twice the bandwidth at less than half the power consumption of other sensors used to measure high-g events. continued

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Cambrios, TPK, and NISSHA Form Joint Venture
The collaborative venture, TPK Film Solutions Ltd. (TPKF), will produce ClearOhm silver nanowire-based film in a roll-to-roll process for original equipment manufacturers producing touch screens. continued

Linear Technology and PowerbyProxi Collaborate
The companies are partnering to bring wireless power transfer systems to market, with Linear Technology introducing the LTC4120, the receiver side of a complete wireless power transfer system that combines a wireless power receiver and a battery charger. continued

Silicon File and Dual Aperture to Collaborate
Silicon File will license and incorporate Dual Aperture's 3D information-capture technology into its products, building CMOS-based image sensors that can take sharp pictures, significantly reduce noise, and capture real-time distance information. continued


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