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MEMS tackle HVAC/automatic-transmission markets

9/2/2010 04:34 PM EDT
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DrQuine
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DrQuine   9/3/2010 10:02:27 PM
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An interesting development - that a controller of a controller improves economy and saves space. Certainly there is a huge market for more cost effective and reliable HVAC and automotive systems. How is it "that switching to its micro-valves can increase the efficiency of existing HVAC systems by as much as 25 percent, making the technology good for retrofits"?

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GREAT-Terry   9/5/2010 4:07:29 PM
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How about developing energy harvesting using the similar MEMS technology? By doing so, maybe we can really enjoy the nice fuel free system.

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R_Colin_Johnson   9/9/2010 12:50:28 PM
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Using a MEMS microvalve as a pilot for a traditional spool valve is analogous to using an accelerometer to trigger an airbag--the idea being that the MEMS element just senses conditions, then fires off a signal to the traditional "reaction" circuits to fire the airbag, in the case of accelerometers, or to turn up/down the flow in an HVAC in the case of a microvalve. The MEMS sensor just does a better job of sensing and responding, not actually performing the macro-sized action.

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