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Report: Magnetic sensors to grow in automotive motors
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11/30/2011   1 comment
Revenue derived from the use of magnetic sensors in automotive motors will expand by nearly 40 percent in 2012 reaching $160.3 million, according to market research firm IHS iSuppli.
Imec and Kaneka research copper for silicon solar cells
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11/30/2011   Post a comment
Research consortium imec (Leuven, Belgium) is cooperating with Kaneka (Osaka, Japan) to come up with silver-free heterojunction silicon solar cells.
Ratiometricity, digital signal correction enable high-res, low-noise smart sensors
Design How-To  
11/29/2011   3 comments
Use of specific analog and digital sensor signal processing concepts enables interference-immune, highly accurate sensor signal measurements. Proper application of concepts, such as ratiometricity or signal conditioning, is paving the way for energy-efficient, high-performance standard solutions.
Active vibration control technology solves noise issues in hybrid cars
Product News  
11/26/2011   4 comments
Trelleborg's active vibration control (AVC) system is claimed to out-perform traditional passive systems by monitoring and adjusting to sound levels, significantly contributing to improved driver comfort.
High-accuracy concept-study position sensor enables car2x applications
11/26/2011   1 comment
By fusing driving dynamics sensor information with GPS data, automotive supplier Continental will make it possible to determine the precise position of a vehicle within its lane - a degree of exactness required for car2x applications.
Plessey EPIC sensor targets movement sensing applications
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11/26/2011   Post a comment
Plessey Semiconductors has released the latest version of the company's Electric Potential Integrated Circuit (EPIC) sensor optimised for security, switching and gaming applications.
Z-Wave millimetre solution for smart homes
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11/26/2011   3 comments
The Fibaro wall inserts can be used to convert any series of switches into switches or dimmers controlled wirelessly by Z-Wave technology.
Intro to biomechatronics, Part 1
Design How-To  
11/25/2011   7 comments
This 600page book aims to provide fundamentals of electronic and mechanical components required to assist or replace limbs, senses, and even organs damaged by trauma, birth defects, or disease.
Image gallery: Japan bets on embedded
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11/22/2011   20 comments
While covering the Embedded Technology 2011 show in Yokohama, I couldn’t help but notice one big shift in the Japanese electronics industry’s agenda since the March 11 earthquake and tsunami: the industry’s collective focus on the “smart home.”
Microchip MCP9808 silicon temperature sensor
Product News  
11/22/2011   1 comment
Microchip's latest sensor provides ± 0.5 degrees accuracy and 12-bit resolution from -20 to +100 degrees Celsius.
Post-nuclear: After Fukushima, a global push for renewables
Special Report  
11/21/2011   4 comments
The consequences of the Fukushima disaster continue to reverberate as question the safety and efficacy of nuclear power and look for “post-nuclear” options.
Implant that moves, electric shoes at ISSCC
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11/21/2011   12 comments
A tiny implant that can propel itself through your body and a tennis shoe that can gather enough energy from walking to power a pedometer are two of the papers at ISSCC.
Reconfigurable LIN switch slave eases communication of switch modules and I/O extensions
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11/19/2011   Post a comment
Integrated LIN slave on a single chip includes physical layer LIN transceiver, LIN controller, voltage regulator, and application controller along with supporting functions ADC, PWM generation, and high voltage capable I/Os.
Personal Geiger counter, anyone?
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11/17/2011   18 comments
Radiation is something you cannot smell or see. Unless you have your own Geiger counter, you can’t hear it, either. But that isn’t stopping the Japanese from figuring out a way to “sniff it out.”
Texas Advanced Optoelectronic Solutions TCS3x71 and TCS3x72 series digital color RGB and proximity sensors
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11/16/2011   Post a comment
TAOS released what it claims is the industry's first color sensors with an on-chip infrared (IR) blocking filter and proximity sensor.
New Atmel capacitive touch controller has 10” proximity sensing range
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11/15/2011   Post a comment
The QTouch AT42QT2120 has a proximity sensing range of over 10 inches (25cm), the Atmel claims is the touch controller market’s longest proximity sensing range.
ESA on path to reliable MEMS in Space
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11/15/2011   Post a comment
The European Space Agency is funding a project to develop new methods for packaging and testing micro-electromechanical systems to meet performance requirements of space missions.
Precision dual sensor op amp features high voltage, low noise, near-zero drift
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11/15/2011   Post a comment
Maxim MAX44251 includes autozero technology, 20V range, minimal offset
Pyroelectric, piezoelectric sensors for point-of-care diagnostics
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11/13/2011   Post a comment
Novel signal transduction methods based on the pyroelectric effect are poised to revolutionize point-of-care diagnostics.
Energy harvesting and renewable energy sources
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11/7/2011   4 comments
Energy harvesting is hot, and the Power Solutions: Smart Energy Technologies and Techniques Virtual Event by EETimes will address major issues associated with the design and integration of solar- and wind-harvesting systems.
In-amp arena gets a new player
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11/7/2011   Post a comment
Microchip Technology enters instrumentation amplifier market with low-power, self-calibrating MCP6N11
M2M communications ties to smartphones
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11/7/2011   2 comments
The divergent wireless technologies that enabled the expansion of machine-to-machine communications have now been merged onto a single platform: the smartphone.
In a smart-system world, data’s ‘the new currency’
Special Report  
11/7/2011   9 comments
Today’s smart systems, able to handle automated tasks intuitively, combine data center analytics with embedded computers to create value for enterprises and consumers.
Back EMF method detects stepper motor stall: Pt. 2—Torque effects and detection circuitry
Design How-To  
11/4/2011   5 comments
Technique takes advantage of constant motor parameters and overcomes limitations of traditional stall detection methods of current and duty-cycle sensing.
Freescale MMA6519KW, MMA6525KW, MMA6527KW, MMA6555KW and MMA6556KW airbag sensors
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11/3/2011   Post a comment
Freescale's new Xtrinsic MMA65xxKW family of accelerometers employs intelligent sensing technologies designed for front and side crash detection that can be easily and efficiently integrated into vehicle airbag systems.
ST LIS3DSH sensor
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11/3/2011   Post a comment
STMicroelectronics is touting its latest sensor as the industry's first three-axis high-resolution accelerometer with two embedded finite-state machines.
u-blox expands family of Automotive Dead Reckoning GPS receivers
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11/3/2011   Post a comment
u-blox has launched the NEO-6V GPS module and UBX-G6010-SA-DR single-chip deliver drop-in, self-calibrating GPS Dead Reckoning performance for high precision vehicle navigation systems.
Macro Sensors HLR series LVDT position sensors
Product News  
11/3/2011   1 comment
Macro Sensors' upgraded HLR series LVDTs operate in critical applications for gas/steam power plants, chemical process plants, paper mills, gas pumping stations, refinery ops.
Imec leads Imola project on OLED research
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11/3/2011   Post a comment
Imec has announced that the Leuven, Belgium-based research consortium is leading another new project under the EU’s 7th framework program for ICT (FP7), this time to develop large-area OLED-based lighting modules with built-in intelligent light management.
Android app keeps drivers at safe distance
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11/2/2011   15 comments
In a recent example of leaving your diving to your smartphone, consumer marketer Picitup has launched a visual radar app for high-end Android handsets, which when attached to a car’s windshield, warns the driver of potential collisions.
Columbia Research Laboratories 378-HT-XP piezoelectric accelerometers
Product News  
11/2/2011   1 comment
Columbia Research Laboratories has developed piezoelectric accelerometers that support a temperature range of -100° to + 750°F (-73° to +398°C).
CSR to launch new navigation platforms
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11/1/2011   Post a comment
In hopes of improving indoor and outdoor navigation, CSR plc is rolling out the company’s next-generation location-based architecture and two new platforms.

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