Impulse Corporation introduced the ADAM-2000 series of wireless remote I/O sensor modules. The ADAM-2000 series combines input sensors and the IEEE 802.15.4 ZigBee wireless communication standard. The modules are flexible and cost effective distributed sensor monitoring systems. The sensors only update at one minute intervals. As a result, each sensor module can be powered by two AA alkaline batteries for up to a year. The ADAM-2000 series is now available.
Lantronix launched their xSenso analog device server (ADS). xSenso enables sensors with analog outputs to send real-time data to any node on the network or over the Internet. The device remotely monitors and logs data from a variety of sensors — including temperature, humidity, pressure, level, flow, weight, and gas/air quality transmitters. xSenso can be IN-rail or wall mounted. It is available now for $235.
ZMD announced their ZSSC3008 sensor signal conditioning integrated circuit. The ZSSC3008 IC features EEPROM signature, bridge connection checks, bridge input-short and open-bridge detection, power loss detection, and output current limits for short-circuit protection. The ZMD ZSSC3008 IC is adjustable to nearly all piezo-resistive bridge sensors. Measured and corrected bridge values are provided at the SIG pin, which can be configured as an analog voltage output or as a one-wire serial digital output. The ZSSC3008 is available in a SOP8 package. Prices start at $1.83 (1.40 EUR).
Libelium, a technology leader in distributed wireless networks, announces the launch of the Waspmote modular platform for wireless sensor networks. With radio modules offering a range of up to 40 km and with ultra low power performance, Waspmote sets new standards for autonomous wireless sensor devices. The combination of long range and low power enables the deployment of fire detection, flood detection and environmental monitoring networks in very remote locations and with adverse conditions.
Honeywell (NYSE: HON) announced a three-axis digital compass circuit that enables directional pointing and location features in consumer electronics including handheld devices, gaming, and personal navigation systems. The Honeywell HMC5883 chip-scale three-axis compass integrated circuit delivers up to 1 degree heading accuracy from a small 3 x 3 x 0.9 mm surface-mounted chip. The HMC5883 includes a built-in offset cancellation circuit and auto calibration software that simplify the calibration process, eliminating the need to calibrate by swinging a mobile phone in a “figure eight” pattern as with other sensor technologies. In addition, patented set/reset straps that demagnetize, or degauss sensors for each measurement make the HMC5883 immune to most large magnetic disturbances, reducing the need to recalibrate.
The silicon magnetic sensor market is set to commence a period of strong growth in 2010 as demand surges from the automotive, industrial and consumer markets, according to iSuppli Corp. Global silicon magnetic sensor revenue will reach $1.4 billion in 2013, up from $821 million in 2009. This equates to slightly more than 5 billion magnetic sensor ICs and switches, up from about 2.8 billion units in 2009.
For the first time, a piezoelectric harvesting device fabricated by MEMS technology generates a record of 85µW electrical power from vibrations. A wafer level packaging method was developed for robustness. The packaged MEMS-based harvester is used to power a wireless sensor node. Within the Holst Centre program on Micropower Generation and Storage, imec researchers developed a temperature sensor that can wirelessly transmit data in a fully autonomous way.
Movea, the global leader in technology, patents, and products for motion-sensing applications, unveiled its SmartMotion[tm] Development Kit (SMDK) at MEDICA 2009. The SMDK allows application developers, OEMs, and healthcare researchers to effortlessly add motion-sensing capabilities to their products or R&D projects. The best-in-class solution applies Movea’s patented sensor fusion technology to deliver highly accurate measurement of human body orientation and precisely quantified motion.
STMicroelectronics (NYSE: STM), the leading supplier of MEMS (Micro-Electro-Mechanical Systems) for consumer and portable applications, introduced a three-axis sensor with digital output that can detect accelerations up to 24g, or about 5x the force created by a Formula One car under heavy braking. The LIS331HH’s market-unique combination of multiple full-scale ranges above 10g with small size, high resolution, low power consumption and smart embedded features enables high-precision motion sensing in a wide range of consumer and industrial applications.