Latest Electronic Sensors News

Smartphones need 'dark lens' colour sensors

Light sensor firms are responding to phone designs where the whole front is a single sheet of grey glass. The sensors face forward and separately detect red green and blue to allow the spectrum and intensity of the display or display backlight to be set with respect to ambient lighting…

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MEMS modules measure roll, pitch and yaw

Farnell element14 is stocking the MTi range of industry standard for MEMS attitude and heading reference systems from Xsens. The MEMS-based MTi 10/100-series gives the system integrator a choice of three different integration levels (IMU, VRU, AHRS). The range supports various mechanical, electrical and communication/API interfaces…

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CES: 3D stacked sensor demonstrated by ON

ON Semiconductor has demonstrated a stacked CMOS imaging sensor featuring a smaller die footprint, higher pixel performance and claiming better power consumption compared to monolithic non-stacked designs…

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Oil-tolerant pressure sensor meets AEC-Q100

Melexis has introduced two MEMS pressure sensors which exceed AEC-Q100 qualification requirements. They measure absolute pressure in demanding operational environments: operating over -40 to 150°C directly in conventional non-corrosive non-aggressive media, or incorporated into oil-filled sensor modules for increased robustness. MLX90815 is designed for best…

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FRAM aimed at energy harvesting encoders

Fujitsu is aiming at energy harvesting by cutting the power consumption of its latest data-processing ferroelectric memory (FRAM). In particular: industrial automation applications involving energy harvesting rotary encoders – encoders that make their own power – interfacing to chips from iC-Haus, for example (see below). Called MB85RDP16LX, according to Fujitsu…

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Gas sensors made on CMOS line

Cambridge CMOS Sensors is combining MEMS and CMOS processing to make MOX (metal oxide) gas sensors. Key to the technology is etching silicon to leave a thin micro hotplate. “The resistive micro-hotplates are fabricated using a high-reliability silicon dioxide membrane and include an embedded tungsten resistor acting as…

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Gesture control IC recognises button pushes

AMS has a range of infrared sensors that will support four-direction gesture detection and Mobeam barcode emulation. Designed for touchless gesture control and display management the device’s gesture detector uses four directional photodiodes to sense reflected IR radiation. This is then converted into physical motion information including: velocity…

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