With the increase in the application of smart homes, the number of connected devices is also growing. Although this is making the lives of users more convenient, it is also resulting in an increase in energy consumption. This is due to the devices being either permanently active or in standby mode, ready for use at all times, even when there is no one home. Now Infineon is offering their radar sensor, the XENSIV, to make smart homes become more energy-efficient.
By an estimate, at present, there Read more [...]
Sensirion is offering three smart sensors that make it easy for electronic system designers to incorporate them into their applications. These are the AMT4x Smart Gadget, the SCD30 Sensor Module, and the STC31 Thermal Conductivity Sensor for CO2.
As a simple circuit board for a reference design, the AMT4x Smart Gadget from Sensirion is a demonstration kit for the SHT4x temperature and humidity sensors. The gadget displays information for temperature and humidity on an LCD screen. The built-in Read more [...]
Public bridges and roads require their structural health to be monitored, and engineers use sensors for continuous measurement. To power these embedded sensors, they exploit several sources of ambient energy. This can include vibrational energy obtained from vehicular traffic, which can generate adequate power for sensor nodes that engineers have built into the infrastructure. Off-the-shelf devices make it easier for engineers to design structural monitoring devices. Many manufacturers now provide Read more [...]
Engineers use two important types of sensors—superstar sensors and workhorse sensors. The superstar sensors usually provide information in high-profile applications such as advanced driver assistance systems, and engineers update them regularly for improving their performance. On the other hand, the workhorse sensors are more reliable, providing consistent information on more common applications. These workhorse sensors are simple to use, and meet the necessary performance specifications at reasonable Read more [...]
Quick-charging batteries are in vogue now. Consumers are demanding more compact, quick-charging, lightweight, and high-energy-density batteries for all types of electronic devices including high-efficiency vehicles. Whatever be the working conditions, even during a catastrophe, batteries must be safe. Of late, the Lithium-ion battery technology has gained traction among designers and engineers as it satisfies several demands of consumers, while at the same time being cost-efficient. However, with Read more [...]
Although air is all around us, we breathe it in every minute, and our lives depend on it, yet we pay very little attention to the quality of air, unless when facing a problem. Whether it is indoors or outdoors, poor air quality can affect our health and well-being significantly. Two levels of air pollution measurement are significant here.
One is the presence of small PM2.5 or Particulate Matters measuring less than 2.5 microns in size—one micron being one-micrometer equal to one-millionth Read more [...]
Modern industrial drives require accurate current measurement for effectively regulating the torque and ensuring maximization of operational efficiency levels. For achieving necessary efficiency levels along with the safety requirements, the measurement methodology must achieve a high degree of linearity and respond rapidly. This is especially true for detecting conditions such as short-circuit and over-current. For instance, it is necessary to arrest the fault condition from an over-current situation Read more [...]
Contactless magnetic angle position sensors are now giving optical encoders a run for their money. This was recently demonstrated by Monolithic Power Systems at Electronica 2018. They had on display a unique non-automotive-focused electric vehicle, mCar, with motion control and angular sensors. According to MPS, their mCar demos two main functions—motor control elements, and angular position sensors.
As Quitugua-Flores, the mechanical engineer and primary designer of the mCar at MPS explains, Read more [...]
Light Detection and Ranging or LIDAR is a remote sensing method. The technique uses the time of flight of pulsed laser light to measure variable distances. Airborne systems record additional data, which, when combined with the data from the light pulses are able to generate three-dimensional information about the neighboring environment that offer precise surface characteristics.
In general, a LIDAR comprises a laser, a scanner, and a specialized receiver for Global Positioning System or GPS. Although Read more [...]
Fairchild Imaging makes CMOS 1421, a linear image sensor. This is an imaging device with a wide dynamic range of 94 dB or 52000:1, with excellent linearity. The device is a linear sensor, meaning it has 2048 x 1 high-resolution imaging sensors. Fairchild has designed this linear sensor for medical and scientific line scan applications such as optical inspection or fluorescent imaging that require wide dynamic range, high sensitivity, and low noise operation.
With several acquisition modes, this Read more [...]