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Sensors and MEMS Quarterly Report October 2012
TOP STORY
Driver Assistance Systems with the Power of FPGAs
In recent years, the automotive industry has made remarkable advances in driver assistance (DA) systems that truly enrich the driving experience and provide drivers with new forms of information about the roadway around them. This article looks at how FPGAs can be leveraged to quickly bring new driver assistance innovations to market. (more)
National Instruments
Complete Guide to Building a Measurement System from National Instruments
Data acquisition is the process of measuring an electrical or physical phenomenon such as voltage, current, temperature, pressure, or sound with a computer. Download this white paper series to help you build a more powerful, flexible, and cost-effective measurement solution.
FEATURED NEWS & ANALYSIS
NI Embedded Monitoring Products Minimize Downtime, Prevent Structural Failure and Analyze Fatigue
Kionix Introduces the KXCNL Accelerometer with Dual User-Programmable State Machines
WirelessHART & Internet Protocol Wireless Sensor Networks Achieve Industry's Lowest Power Consumption at Less Than 50µA per Node
Avnet Electronics Marketing Americas Introduces Its Wi-Go Module and Supporting SpeedWay™ Technical Seminars
Sand 9 Selects IBM as IC Foundry for Precision MEMS Timing Products
OMRON and STMicroelectronics Unveil Industry-Unique Sensor for Smart Gas Metering
First MEMS Accelerometer with MIN/MAX Offset Sensitivity to Temperature Enables Predictable and Quantifiable Performance
STMicroelectronics Perfects Advanced Process Technology for New Generation of Sensor Electronics
Sand 9 Partners with GLOBALFOUNDRIES as High-Volume Foundry for MEMS Timing Products
Kionix
The KXTJ2 is our smallest tri-axis accelerometer, designed for mobile applications. It offers our best power performance and an embedded wake-up feature, Fast-mode I2C and up to 14-bit resolution. The KXTJ2 is in a 2 x 2 x 0.9 mm, 12-pin, LGA package. Operating temperature range is -40°C to +85°C.
NXP
NXP's proven interface products enable system designers to add features with minimal modifications. And within our portfolio you'll find LCD displays and touch interfaces, system connectivity bridges & UARTs, display and storage interfaces and system peripherals and I2C-bus enablers. Learn More.
ARTICLES AND TECH BRIEFS
Driver Assistance Systems with the Power of FPGAs In recent years, the automotive industry has made remarkable advances in driver assistance (DA) systems that truly enrich the driving experience and provide drivers with new forms of information about the roadway around them. This article looks at how FPGAs can be leveraged to quickly bring new driver assistance innovations to market. (more)
MEMS Healthcare Applications Innovate Prevention and Treatment MEMS sensors are taking healthcare devices into the future, which is in turn bolstering MEMS market growth. (more)
MEMS Inertial Sensing: The Five Motion Senses Whether the need is for user-friendly features, minimizing power consumption, eliminating physical buttons and controls, compensating for gravity and position or more intelligent operation, MEMS-based inertial sensing offers an abundance of options to explore across all five motion senses. (more)
Digital and Physical Worlds Collide Sensor-based augmented reality and contextual awareness are already moving beyond the "cool" factor to drive new, high-utility applications in a wide range of applications. (more)
MEMS Pro v8.0 MEMS Pro is a flexible, powerful, easy-to-use CAD tool suite for the design and analysis of micro-electro-mechanical systems (MEMS). It offers an integrated solution for the design process that shortens (more)
MEMS and Packaging Hold Keys to Radio Connectivity A fully mobile and connected world full of "rich" user experiences won't exist until radios can operate at ultra-high speed and ultra-low power in both existing 6-GHz and future 60-GHz spectrums. (more)
Mechanical Meets Electrical The two engineering worlds intersect - driven by power, heat and signal integrity. For the first part of the 20th century mechanical engineering dominated almost everything in technology. For the second (more)
MEMS Trends: Smaller, Cheaper, Everywhere They've been around in various forms since the 1970s in accelerometers and ink jet nozzles, but are now in nearly every consumer gadget you've got at home. With more on the way. (more)
Context is Key as Augmented Reality Takes Off Sensor-based augmented reality and contextual awareness are already moving beyond the "cool" factor to drive new, high-utility applications in a wide range of applications. (more)
Augmented Reality: The Complexity of Simplicity Augmented reality (AR) technology is reflecting the need of seamlessly combining information (coming from the Internet, the user or the environment) with our location and context in real time. The ultimate (more)
Sensor Innovation Enables New Applications Better physical sensors, distributed processing, improved power management and intelligent integration are coming together to enable new ways of sensing the world around us. (more)
Use of Hall-Effect Rotary-Position Sensors in Transportation Applications Designed to measure, monitor and provide feedback, Hall-effect rotary-position sensors are an integral component in many transportation and industrial applications. There are a wide range of components, (more)
MEMS Integration Challenges, Today and Tomorrow As MEMS component suppliers compete to offer more functionality in their components, companies will be driven to adopt a MEMS design-automation platform that can most efficiently integrate multiple technologies. (more)
Make the Most of MCU Sleep Modes Predict how well an MCU will perform over its lifetime on a single battery charge, and make intelligent architecture choices. The advent of inexpensive, energy-efficient embedded processors and smart-object (more)
Technology to Help You Sleep Better at Night Heterogeneous multicore designs help reduce system cost, size and power consumption for real-time, high-performance systems worldwide. While people may not realize it, they interact with or depend (more)
How Low Can You Go? Ultra-low-power microcontroller technologies may revolutionize new designs. VDC Research embedded hardware team analysts left Embedded World 2012 with the impression that this is the Year of the Microcontroller (more)
Energy Harvesting Comes of Age for Wireless Sensor Networks Enabling technologies include cost-effective energy-harvesting devices, small and efficient energy-storage devices and single-chip, ultra-low-power wireless MCUs. As wireless sensor nodes become commonplace (more)
Capacitive Proximity Sensing Remote interaction with user interface offers new opportunities for product differentiation. Capacitive touch technology is still all the rave in the user-interface space, as it rightfully should be. (more)
MEMS Executive Congress
MEMS Executive Congress is the preeminent annual conference and networking event for the MEMS industry. In its eighth year, MEMS Executive Congress is the executive conference connecting the MEMS supply chain with MEMS end-users. Join us November 7-9 in Scottsdale, Arizona to explore MEMS is Mainstream - So What's Next?
FROM THE BLOGOSPHERE
Virtual Reality for Chip Design? As chip design moves into the realm of 3D transistor structures and even MEMS, virtual reality simulators may prove a necessity for both architects and educators. …
Paris: Technology Observations from an American in Paris Technology is the same all the world over: from smartphones to Kindles - I saw it all during a recent trip to the Paris Auto Show. Continue reading → …
More Intelligent Standards Standards groups are stepping cautiously into stacked die, and that's a good thing. …
Android Motion Sensor
Paris: Technology Observations from an American in Paris
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WHITE PAPERS
How to Choose the Right Sensor for Your Measurement System
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VIDEOS
NXP Capacitive & Proximity Sensor
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UPCOMING EVENTS
RTECC - Real-Time & Embedded Computing Conference

11/06/12 - Seattle, WA
11/08/12 - Portland, OR
MEMS Executive Congress US 2012
Scottsdale, Arizona
November 7-9, 2012
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