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Vol. 93, No. 6, June 2008





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1. Sensors Expo & Conference 2008: Main Trends, Newest Sensors and High Technologies

    by Sergey Y. Yurish

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2. Design, Development and Calibration of Virtual System for Relative Humidity Measurement

    by Georgi Nikolov, Boyanka Nikolova

    [Abstract and Full Text Article Download]


3. Fabricating Capacitive Micromachined Ultrasonic Transducers with Wafer Bonding Technique

    by Anil Arora, Ram Gopal, V. K. Dwivedi and Chandra Shekhar

    [Abstract and Full Text Article Download]


4. Remote Measurement of Electric Current Using Magneto-Optic Technique

    by Mahfoozur Rehman, Basem Abdul Jalil, Prof. Zaid Abdullah

    [Abstract and Full Text Article Download]


5. Design and Implementation of Output Feedback Control for Piezo Actuated Structure Using Embedded System

    by R. Maheswari, M. Umapathy, L.R.Karalmarx, D. Ezhilarasi

    [Abstract and Full Text Article Download]


6. A Generic Model for Relative Adjustment Between Optical Sensors Using Rigorous Orbit Mechanics

    by B. Islam, Nita H. Shah and B. Gopala Krishna

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7. Voltage Control System of A DC Generator Using PLC

    by Subrata Chattopadhyay, Sagarika Pal

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8. Color Signature of Current: a Novel Concept for Current Level Indication

    by Sarbani CHAKRABORTY, Satish Chandra BERA

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9. Indirect Method of Non Invasive in-vitro Measurement of D+ Glucose

    by Amar Rouane

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10.CuO-modified WO3 Sensor for the Detection of a ppm Level H2S Gas at Room Temperature

    by N. B. Sonawane, D. R. Patil, L. A. Patil

    [Abstract and Full Text Article Download]


11.Evaluation of Aquatic Environments Using a Sensorial System Based on Conducting Polymers

     and its Potential Application in  Electrochemical Sensors

     by Nelson Consolin Filho, Everaldo Carlos Venancio, Eduarda Regina Carvalho, Marcilene Ferrari Barriquello,

     Marcela B. Cunha-Santino, Irineu Bianchini Jr., Armando A. H. Vieira and Luiz H. C. Mattoso

     [Abstract and Full Text Article Download]


12.Synthesis and Characterization of a Novel Ammonia Gas Sensor Based on PANI-PVA Blend Thin Films

     by D. B. Dupare, P. Ghosh, K. Datta,  A. S. Aswar and M. D. Shirsat

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Miniature High Sensitivity Tear Drop Accelerometers


Chatsworth, CA – Dytran Instruments, Inc. is pleased to introduce two new high sensitivity accelerometers that feature a miniature tear drop design. Models 3225M23 and 3225M24 are miniature, low profile, voltage mode (IEPE) piezoelectric accelerometers design to mount in spaces inaccessible to other types of  accelerometers. Featuring a titanium housing and weighing only 1 gram, these units are ideal for the measurement of shock and vibration of very small, lightweight specimens such as printed circuit boards and board-mounted components.


Designed for adhesive mount, models 3225M23 and 3225M24 may be mounted in very narrow spaces only slightly greater than .25 inch (6.4 mm) wide. The height is .215 inch (5.5 m). These units also feature a special 3-56 coaxial connector which mates with a replaceable coaxial cable, with a 10-32 coaxial jack at the end. The cable designed for these units is model 6003AXX and is one of the smallest in the industry (XX is the cable length in feet). Priced at $ 403 ...


Ken Supin

Application Engineer

Dytran Instruments, Inc.

21592 Marilla Street

Chatsworth, CA 91311

Tel: 818-700-7818, fax: 818-700-7880

E-mail: info@dytran.com

Miniature Accelerometers 3225M24





ZMD21013 Multi-Sensor Iinterface Circuit Puts Precision, Low Power Consumption at Top of Product's Sophisticated Architecture


ZMD AG - Sensors Expo Rosemont, IL, USA, 9-11 June 2008 - has demonstrated analog-to-digital converters and signal conditioning devices at the Sensors Expo 2008. The Multi-Sensor Interface Circuit  (MUSic) series offer multi-channel and multi-use sensor interfaces for microcontroller-based systems. Known for very high precision and ultra low power, these ICs are ideal for wearable medical instruments; sports and activity monitors that incorporate altimeters, barometers, navigation, and other tools; and industrial systems executing multiple sensor-based measurements such as flowmonitors or scales.


The first device in the MUSic family, the ZMD21013, is a highly integrated smart-power architecture that offers programmable interfaces for up to three resistive bridge sensors. Through its high integration and its ultra-low-power standby-mode, the IC can reduce the average overall bill of materials as well as the overall power consumption of any multisensor-based system. The ZMD21013 connects through a SPI interface to a microcontroller or a digital signal processor (DSP) ...


Gabriele Taschler,

Zentrum Mikroelektronik Dresden AG

Grenzstrasse 28

01109 Dresden, Germany

Tel.: +49 351 8822 668

E-mail: Gabriele.Taschler@zmd.de

Multi-Sensor Interface Circuit ZMD21013



Pressure Sensors for Wastewater Treatment & Filtration Applications


Sensors Expo Rosemont, IL, USA, 9-11 June 2008 – Kavlico has demonstrated two pressure sensors available for pressure measurements for wastewater treatment. Kavlico’s P350 Water Level and Pump pressure sensor utilizes a ceramic capacitive sense element and measures pressures from 0-5 through 0-150 PSIA or PSIG. It is ideal for water tower level and wastewater systems. The sensors have outstanding shock and vibration characteristics, are EMI/RFI protected, have a linear amplified output of 0.5 to 4.5 Vdc, are suitable for both dry and wet process media, and are temperature compensated, as well as having reverse polarity and over-voltage protection.


The P356 is a low differential/gage pressure sensor that also has a ceramic capacitive sense element. The rugged brass housing makes it well-suited for hostile environments. Pressure measurement ranges are from 0.5 to 5 PSIG/PSID ...


Lori Appel


14501 Princeton Avenue

Moorpark, CA, USA

Tel.: (805) 552-3406

Fax: (805) 523-7125

E-mail: lappel@kavlico.com

Pressure sensors



Inertial Sensor Reduces Cost and Complexity of Industrial Motion Control Designs


Analog Devices, Inc. - Sensors Expo Rosemont, IL, USA, 9-11 June 2008 - is expanding its iSensor™ intelligent sensor product family with a new six-degrees-of-freedom (6 DoF) inertial sensor. The ADIS16365 IMU (inertial measurement unit) combines high-performance, simplicity, and an improved data interface that delivers faster response times and lowers power consumption relative to other IMUs in its class. The ADIS16365 makes complex motion sensing design significantly easier and more cost-effective for industrial engineers developing high-performance platform control and navigation equipment. The new IMU reduces power consumption by at least 20 percent, boasts an approximate 10 times improvement in start-up time and improves bias stability by up to 50 percent, lowering noise sensitivities that impede navigation accuracy. In addition to traditional industrial vehicle navigation systems, the ADIS16365’s low noise and fast response time also benefit a wide range of platform stability applications, such as vehicle mounted antennas and cameras ...


Linda Kincaid

Analog Devices, Inc.

One Technology Way

P.O. Box 9106, Norwood, MA,

02062-9106 USA

Tel.: 781-937-1472

E-mail: linda.kincaid@analog.com

ADIS16365 inertial measurement unit



SCA3000 Series - New 3-axis Accelerometers Breakthrough Performance Barriers


VTI's SCA3000 family of 3-axis accelerometers sets new standards in sensing technology. The SCA3000 family is aimed at offering OEMs a rich functionality through a combination of low power consumption, higher performance and less software effort during integration into equipment. SCA3000-D01 and D02 products have been developed with high performance re-chargeable battery operated equipment in mind. Applications include motion activated functions in mobile terminals and anti-theft systems, inertial navigation and inclination sensing in digital inclinometers. SCA3000-E01, E02, E04 and E05, are extremely low current products. All these sensors have been developed with hand held and wrist held devices that are primary battery operated. Some potential applications include pedometers and activity monitors in sports activities, gaming input devices and tilt compensation in electronic compasses ...


Scott Smyser

Vice President & General Manager,

Tel.: +1 626 463 7025

E-mail: scott.smyser@vtitechnologies.com

SCA3000 3-axis accelerometer



Data Device Corporation (DDC) Introduces New -55 to +125 0C Temperature Grade RD-19240FS-100 Resolver Converter


Bohemia, New York (June 2008) Data Device Corporation (DDC) announced the release of a -55 to +125 degree C temperature grade RD-19240 resolver converter. The new RD-19240FS-100 resolver-to-digital converter is highly repeatable to 1 LSB in 14-bit mode and contains programmable features such as resolution, bandwidth, and tracking rate, which allow for best dynamic configurability. A built-in-test output additionally monitors for loss of signal, reference frequency, or tracking. "This new temperature option opens up many new design possibilities for applications requiring a wide temperature range and up to 14 bit resolution", stated DDC's Senior Product Marketing Specialist, Roger Tomassi. Package type is a small 10 x 10 mm MQFP ...


Marketing Communications

Dept. Data Device Corporation

105 Wilbur Pl.

Bohemia, NY 11716, USA

Tel.: 631-567-5600 x7419

E-mail: info@ddc-web.com

RD-19240FS-100 Resolver Converter



Renishaw Upgrades World's First 13-bit Magnetic Rotary Sensors/Encoders to Higher Speeds, Accuracy and Unique Performance-Tailoring Capability


Sensors Expo Rosemont, IL, USA, 9-11 June 2008 - Renishaw upgrades its 13-bit magnetic rotary encoder-on-chip, already the world's first with 8192 counts/rev, to higher speeds, better noise control, improved time delay and accuracy, plus unique performance tailoring capability. The enhanced RLS AM8192B increases operational speeds to 38,000 rpm at 13-bit resolution (60,000 rpm at 12 bit), while a simple software interface allows designers to choose optimum settings for applications, as well as providing a HEX setting file for easy upload.


The solid-state, non-contact designs gives OEMs affordable, high-reliability solutions to difficult and extreme operating conditions.  The high-performance magnetic encoders offer -40°C to 125°C operational temperature range with superior shock and vibration resistance.  Frictionless, low-inertia operation enables consistent, wear-free 0.3° positioning accuracy at high speeds, acceleration and deceleration ...


Howard Salt

Renishaw Inc.

5277 Trillium Blvd.

Hoffman Estates, IL 60192

Tel: 847.286.9953

Fax: 847.286.9974

E-mail: howard.salt@renishaw.com

Magnetic Rotary Sensor



Kionix Offers Ultimate Flexibility for Handset Applications in the KXSD9 Accelerometer


Ithaca, New York – Tuesday, June 10, 2008 – Kionix, Inc., has served up ultra low power and programming flexibility as the key features of its newest accelerometer series in its smallest 3x3x0.9 mm form factor, the KXSD9. The KXSD9 offers a factory-programmable bandwidth and g range from 2g to 6g. It also provides user-selectable filter settings and g ranges by means of control registers, an exciting addition to this feature-rich sensor product ...


Jeanette P. Shady

Director, External Communications


Inc. 36 Thornwood Drive Ithaca,

New York 14850

Tel.:(607) 257-1080

E-mail: jshady@kionix.com

Acceleromter KXSD9



Silicon Sensing Launches New MEMS Gyros


Silicon Sensing Systems has launched two new, silicon MEMS angular rate sensors – CRG20 and CRS09 – each based on the unique and patented silicon ring gyro technology that has proved so successful in a wide variety of applications.


CRG20 is a new low-cost miniature angular rate sensor.  This high-quality gyro-on-a-chip derives from Silicon Sensing’s high-volume supply to the automotive industry.  It is ideal for applications where both cost and performance are key drivers and will make high-integrity motion sensing more affordable in such applications as remote-control model helicopters, telematics, navigation aids and robotics.


CRS09 is a low-noise high-performance angular rate sensor, ideal for applications such as stabilisation, navigation and testing.  The combination of silicon MEMS gyro and high-quality discrete electronics, enables best-in-class performance for demanding applications.  It is the sensor of choice for applications where a fibre-optic gyro would previously have been the only solution ...


Silicon Sensing Systems Limited

Clittaford Road Southway

Plymouth Devon

PL6 6DE United Kingdom

Tel: +44 1752 7123330, fax: +44 1752 72333

E-mail: sales@siliconsensing.com

Angular rate sensor CRS09



Colibrys Extended Bandwidth Capacitive Vibration Sensors to Displace Piezoresistive Technology for HUMS Applications


Sensors Expo Rosemont, IL, USA, 9-11 June 2008 - The new Colibrys wide bandwidth capacitive accelerometers set new performance standards on vibration sensing and are expected to displace piezoresistive sensors in Health and Usage Monitoring Systems (HUMS), Aeronautics, Railway technologies and Automotive crash testing applications. The recognized high performance level of capacitive sensors, well proven for inertial and seismic applications, is now also available for vibration sensing ...


Mr. Domenico Fumagalli

Colibrys (Switzerland) Ltd.

Sales Director, Europe

Tel.:+39 348 950 1305

Fax: + 39 039 927 5330

E-mail: accelero.europe@colibrys.com

Capacitive accelerometer



Cymbet and ANT Showcasing Energy Harvesting Powered Wireless Sensor Network


Sensors Expo Rosemont, IL, USA, 9-11 June 2008 - Cymbet Corporation and ANT announced that it will showcase an energy harvesting powered wireless sensor network solution using Cymbet's EnerChip™ thin-film semiconductor battery module and the ultra-low-power wireless networking technology ANT at the Sensors Expo June 9-11, 2008, in Chicago, Ill. This Energy Harvesting module is designed to power the ANT modules included in the ANTDKT3 development kit. The EnerChip module can be charged via a USB connection or with the Cymbet Solar Energy Harvester demo board ...


Catherine Aylesworth

Marketing Manager


Tel.: 403 932 9292 ext 226

E-mail: catherine.aylesworth@thisisant.com

EnerChip application



GreenPeak Launches the Emerald GP500C Communications Controller


June 10, 2008 - Utrecht – The Netherlands – GreenPeak Technologies announced the Emerald GP500C communications controller chip for ultra low power wireless sensor networks. The Emerald GP500C is the only IEEE 802.15.4 standard compliant chip available today with extreme low power features that enable energy harvesting solutions for wireless sensor networks. GP500C-driven networks powered by energy harvesting bring true maintenance-free operation ...


Elly Schietse,

Marketing & Communications Manager


Tel.: +32 52 45 87 30

Cell: +32 479 76 18 25

E-mail: elly.schietse@greenpeak.com

Emerald GP500C



Microchip Technology Introduces 2.4 GHz IEEE 802.15.4™ FCC-Certified Radio Frequency Transceiver Module


Chandler, Ariz., June 10, 2008  - Microchip Technology Inc., a leading provider of microcontroller and analog semiconductors, today announced the MRF24J40MA FCC-certified Radio-Frequency (RF) transceiver module. The new module services the 2.4 GHz unlicensed Industrial, Scientific and Medical (ISM) short-range wireless frequency band for the IEEE 802.15.4™ specification, for ZigBee® or proprietary wireless-protocol systems. It includes discrete biasing components and an integrated PCB antenna to be used in sensor and control network environments. The module is fully regulatory-agency certified for the US (FCC), Canada (IC) and Europe (ETSI), and is expected to save designers time and money by eliminating the need to receive FCC certification for their wireless products ...


Michelle Figor

Microchip Technology Inc.

2355 W. Chandler Blvd.

Chandler, AZ, 85224-6199

Tel.: 480-792-4111

E-mail: michelle.figor@microchip.com

RF Transceiver Module



Millennial Net Introduces MeshScape 5, Its Fifth Generation Wireless Mesh Sensor Networking System


Burlington, MA – June 10, 2008 – Millennial Net advances the frontier of wireless sensor network technology by introducing its fifth generation MeshScape 5 technology at Sensor-2008 EXPO. “Wireless sensor network applications are gaining momentum as the technology matures and user acceptance builds on successful deployments and demonstrated performance in real world environments”, said Martin Hanssmann, CEO Millennial Net. The MeshScape® 5 uses patent pending virtually-on frequency hopping technology. It also uses patented Persistent Dynamic Routing (PDR) techniques to form a self-configuring, wireless mesh network. PDR uses a node-initiated network formation for efficient topology discovery, and uses "best route" information for network re-formation (required in ever-changing RF environments). MeshScape networking utilizes standard IEEE 802.15.4 unlicensed radio band ...


Mark Hanna,

VP-Sales Millennial Net

Tel.: 781-222-1030

E-mail: mhanna@millennialnet.com



SOLIDICA to Deliver Award-Winning Ultra-Rugged Wireless Sensors to Industrial Markets


Ann Arbor, MI – Solidica, Inc. will take advantage of the 2008 Sensors Expo in Chicago to unveil a comprehensive suite of products for use in industrial processes and manufacturing applications. Solidica, which won the Best of Sensors Expo award in 2006 for its Pantheon™ smart network sensor system, is a world leader in ultra-rugged wireless telematics, diagnostics and prognostics platforms, as well as cutting edge additive manufacturing technologies. Solidica’s industrial process monitoring solution is entirely legacy compatible: it provides a zero-overhaul environment for immediate and seamless integration of Pantheon™ wireless/wired sensors into existing industrial platforms, software and devices. Moreover, the legacy interface automatically becomes wireless and digital once integrated with the Pantheon system ...


Jeff Jorge

Tel.: (734) 222-4680x116

E-mail: jjorge@solidica.com





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