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Touch Sensors

Opaque QTC® force touch sensors from Peratech (Richmond, North Yorks, England) can be integrated under a range of top surfaces such as plastics, rubbers, wood, leather, metals, and glass. The “3D multi-touch” matrix sensors provide a human-machine interface (HMI) experience in automotive cockpits. The sensors track multiple touches for position (X, Y) and independent pressure (Z) readings for each touch simultaneously. Introduction of z-axis pressure intelligence enables designers to reduce “button count” and complication from the center stack, steering wheel, and other cockpit surfaces. The sensors have been tested through cycles of -40 to +100 °C. For Free Info Visit http://info.hotims.com/55595-143

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Ceramic Sensor Elements

The EPCOS NTC sensor element from TDK Corporation (Tokyo, Japan) measures temperatures up to 650 °C. The ceramic sensor element, connected to a metallized aluminum oxide rod and then glass-encapsulated, is available optionally with wires welded to the aluminum-oxide rod. The component is 16-mm long, and the glass encapsulation has a diameter of 2 mm. The high-temperature sensor, qualified to AEC-Q200, is designed for use in automotive electronics applications, including exhaust gas recirculation systems. The new sensors also monitor the temperature of electric vehicle fuel cells. For Free Info Visit http://info.hotims.com/55595-144

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Biosensors

The AS7000 health/fitness biosensor from ams (Unterpremstaetten, Austria) incorporates an integrated optical sensor module accompanied by software to provide heart rate measurements (HRM) and heart rate variation (HRV) readings. Housed in a 6.1 × 4.1 × 1.0-mm package, the AS7000 is intended to be worn constantly, at rest, and when exercising. The AS7000 module includes a photo-sensor, LEDs, analog front end (AFE) and controller, digital processor, and application software. In addition to HRM/HRV, the module also enables skin temperature and skin resistivity measurements by providing interfaces to external sensors.

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IoT Platform

WiSilica (Aliso Viejo, CA) has launched a smart end-to-end IoT platform (WiSe) that provides predictive intelligence to connected devices. The secure platform supports legacy and new devices, and can operate locally, in the cloud, or as a hybrid network. Devices can be configured to act on events initiated by other devices. Real-time presence and awareness are increased through a combination of cloud-based services and software agents running across the devices. Phones communicate directly with devices, eliminating the need for a bridge to support autonomously operating applications. For Free Info Visit http://info.hotims.com/55595-145

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Magnetic Reed Sensors

Littelfuse (Chicago, IL) has introduced the 59022 Series Firecracker Reed Sensor, a compact, cylindrical, magnetically operated device capable of switching up to 265 Vac/300 Vdc at 10 Watt/VA. The sensor has a 5.8 mm diameter, and circuit designers may choose from normally open, normally closed, or change-over contacts. The magnetically operated proximity sensor functions through non-ferrous materials, such as wood, plastic, or aluminum. Custom cable length and connector options are available. For Free Info Visit http://info.hotims.com/55595-150

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Detection Sensors

H18 SureSense sensors from SICK (Minneapolis, MN) detect objects in a variety of environments and ensure machines and lines operate at full capacity. The IP 69K-rated sensors feature a signal strength light bar that alerts users to maintenance and alignment issues. Other capabilities include configurable part selection; LED and laser; AutoAdapt material detection; VISTAL housing; and AC/DC power. For Free Info Visit http://info.hotims.com/55595-154

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Photoelectric Sensors

The S18-2 compact photoelectric sensors from Banner Engineering (Minneapolis, MN) are now available in fixed-field background suppression mode configurations. The compact, self-contained sensors provide up to six detection ranges from 30 to 200 mm. Resistant to fluorescent light, the components also feature a small, bright red LED emitter beam.

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