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Vol. 98, No. 11, November 2008





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1)  Nanotechnology-Enabled Sensors: Book Review

     S.Y. Yurish, pp.I-II


2)  Room Temperature Ammonium Gas Sensing Behavior of Upright-standing ZnO Nano-sheets

     Arindam Ghosh , Yuvraj G. Gudage, Ramphal Sharma, Rajaram S. Mane and Sung-Hwan Han, pp.1-5


3)  Synthesis of Nanocrystalline SnO2 Modified TiO2: a Material for Carbon Monoxide Gas Sensor

     A. B. Bodade, M. Alvi, A. V.Kadu, S. V.Jagtap, S. K. Rithe, P. R. Padole and G. N. Chaudhari, pp.6-15


4)  Glucose Biosensor Based on Electrostatically Functionalized Carbon Nanotubes Bound Glucose Oxidase

     Suman, Ashok Kumar, V. K. Jain, pp. 16-25


5)  CO Sensing Properties of Nanostructured La0.8Sr0.2CoO3 Sensors; Synthesized by EDTA-Glycol Method

     G. N. Chaudhari, A. B. Bodade, S. V. Jagatap, M. J. Pawar, pp. 26-37


6)  Pt/GaN Schottky Diode for Propene (C3H6) Gas Sensing

     M. Shafiei, K. Kalantar-Zadeh, M. Kocan, G. Parish, J. Antoszewski, L. Faraone, W. Wlodarski, pp.38-44


7)  All-digital PLL System for Self-oscillation Mode of Microcantilevers with Integrated Bimorph Actuator and Piezoresistive Readout

     Nikolay Nikolov, Nikolay Kenarov, Peycho Popov, Theodor Gotszalk, Ivo Rangelow, pp. 45-53


8)  Modelling of Spring Constant and Pull-down Voltage of Non-uniform RF MEMS Cantilever Incorporating Stress Gradient

     Shimul Chandra Saha, Ulrik Hanke, Geir Uri Jensen, Trond Sæther, pp. 54-68


9)  Analysis of a Bimorph Accelerometer Using Analytical and Finite Element Modeling

     Hou Xiaoyan, pp.69-82


10) Design of a High Performance MEMS Pressure Sensor Array with Signal Conditioning Unit for Oceanographic Applications

      C. RoyChaudhuri, V. Natarajan, P. Chatterjee, S. Gangopadhyay, V. Sreeramamurthy, H. Saha, pp.83-95


11) On the Modeling of an Open Channel MEMS Based Capacitive Flow Sensor

      Vafaghi Maryam, Besharat Sina, Rezazadeh Ghader, Motallebi Asadollah, pp. 96-105





World’s Lowest Power Consumption Accelerometer with Embedded Algorithms


Ithaca, New York, November 2008 – Kionix has announced the expansion of its digital-output, tri-axis accelerometer product line with the KXTE9 product series. With embedded algorithms for orientation and activity monitoring, the KXTE9 simplifies the adoption of increasingly-popular, motion-based functionality in consumer electronics while reducing operating power consumption to the world’s lowest levels for such feature-rich products.


The advanced, orientation-detection feature of the KXTE9 reports changes in landscape, portrait, face-up, and face-down conditions. This sophisticated, embedded algorithm eliminates the need for continuous data collection and complex calculations by a microprocessor. Accordingly, the KXTE9 enables the implementation of screen rotation—such as that found on some high-end mobile phones— into any handheld device. With a few adjustable parameters, the screen-rotation algorithm can be optimized for an intuitive user experience ...


Jeanette P. Shady

Director, External Communications

Kionix, Inc.

36 Thornwood Drive

Ithaca, New York 14850

Tel.: (607) 257-1080

E-mail: jshady@kionix.com

Accelerometer KXTE9



Tension and Compression Load Cell with Improved Accuracy and Performance


FUTEK Advanced Sensor Technology Inc. is pleased to present the redesigned LCF400 Tension and Compression Load Cell. The new design features structural changes and complete welding which drastically improves this models output symmetry and accuracy. In addition to this, the LCF400 is now available with USB output and metric threads. The model is offered in 500 to 5,000 lbs, various outputs (3 mV/V, +/-5VDC, +/-10VDC, 4-20 mA), and uses heat-treated 17-4 Stainless Steel construction for optimal performance. The modified LCF400 has advantages of zero-joint failure, low impact due to extraneous loads, and has the capability of handling off center loading more efficiently and effectively ...


Kimberly Fajardo

FUTEK Advanced Sensor Technology Inc.

10 Thomas, Irvine,

CA 92618 USA

Tel.: (949)-465-0900,  fax: (949)-465-0905

E-mail: kfajardo@futek.com

LCF400 Tension & Compression Load Cell



Submersible OEM Transmitters Measure Low Liquid Levels from 0.5 m H2O


Sensortechnics’ new KTE2000CS submersible OEM pressure sensors offer precision hydrostatic low level measurement from only 50 mbar (0.5 m water column) Full Scale. The KTE2000CS series consists of highly accurate capacitive ceramic pressure cells in a rugged stainless steel construction. They feature excellent long term stability and are compatible with many corrosive and aggressive liquids.


The KTE2000CS transmitters are calibrated and temperature compensated from -20…+70 °C and provide a 4...20 mA output signal. A special cable with an integrated vent tube allows a true reference pressure to the sensor element and eliminates errors due to atmospheric pressure changes. The sensor is protected against environmental conditions to the IP68 standard and withstands overpressures of up to 10 times the rated pressure ...


Andrea Gebhard

Marketing Assistant

Sensortechnics GmbH

Boschstr. 10,

82178 Puchheim, Germany

Tel.: +49 89 80083-48,  fax: +49 89 80083-33

E-mail: andrea.gebhard@sensortechnics.com

KTE2000CS submersible OEM pressure sensors



A Contactless, High-resolution Magnetic Encoder IC for Automotive Applications


Unterpremstaetten, Austria - austriamicrosystems expanded its magnetic rotary encoder portfolio with the AS5145, a 12-bit encoder IC especially designed for the growing demands in automotive. The AS5145 is a contactless, complete system-on-chip magnetic rotary encoder for accurate angular measurement over a full turn of 360° with a resolution of 0.0879° = 4096 positions per revolution. This digital angle data is available using a simple serial interface or as PWM signal. In addition, an incremental quadrature output mode with an improved interpolation algorithm can be enabled and permanently programmed with a resolution of 10 up to 12 bits. Due to the higher noise performance the accuracy is further improved ...


Andreas Pfingstl

Marketing Manager Automotive

austriamicrosystems AG

Tel.: +43 (0) 3136 500 5516

Fax: +43 (0) 3136 500 5420

E-mail: andreas.pfingstl@austriamicrosystems.com


AS5145 system-on-chip magnetic rotary encoder



Piezoelectric High-temperature Pressure Sensor for Monitoring Cylinder Pressure


Kistler's new piezoelectric Type 6351A1 offers a high-temperature M5 size pressure sensor with in-line charge amplifier and a robust, steel-sheathed cable. The minimal dimensions of this sensor make it ideal for compact engines offering extremely limited mounting room. In addition to conventional mounting in the cylinder block, the sensor can even be integrated into engine components such as gas injection valves. With the new PiezoStar® crystal the sensor, despite its miniaturization, is very sensitive and can be used for knock control as well as monitoring thermodynamic parameters. The service life of the new Type 6351A1 is comparable with the tried and tested M10 monitoring sensor Type 6613C ...


Kistler Group

Eulachstrasse 22

8408 Winterthur, Switzerland

Tel.: +41 52 224 11 11

Fax: +41 52 224 14 14

E-mail: info@kistler.com

6351A1 pressure sensor



Rugged Stud Mounted High-g Accelerometer


The Model 3801A from Measurement Specialties is a mV output MEMS accelerometer in a rugged hermetic package. The accelerometer incorporates mechanical stops for over-range protection up to 10,000 g. The Model 3801A is offered in ranges from ± 2 to ± 2000 g and is gas damped to provide a wide frequency response to >5000Hz, far beyond the typical range of comparable VC accelerometers. The accelerometer is temperature compensated to provide a stable output over the operating environment. The Model 3801A is designed for stud mounting and incorporates a detachable cable assembly. For an amplified version of this accelerometer in a similar package, please review the model 4801A ...


Bjorn Ryden

Product Manager

Measurement Specialties, Inc.

Vibration Design Center,

Aliso Viejo, CA, USA

Tel.: (949) 716-7516

E-mail: bjorn.ryden@meas-spec.com

Model 3801A of MEMS accelerometer



Accurate Pressure Transmitters for Measurement on Natural Gas Compressors


Telford UK - The Gefran XPSA pressure transmitters use a bonded strain gauge measurement technique, developed by Gefran to produce a rugged, compact sensor with a stainless steel diaphragm. The XPSA series offers a high accuracy and stability (0.1% of FS) and fast response (<1msec) unit, that is insensitive to vibration. With intrinsically safe hazardous area approvals, the Gefran XPSA is particularly suited to the monitoring of natural gas pressure in distribution plants, compressor units and pressure reduction stations, as well as for general use on chemical plants. The standard ranges available cover from 0 - 50 bar, up to as high as 0 - 1000 bar, with most standard process connections available, such as G1/4, G1/2, 7-16UNF and 1/4NPT ...


Mark MacDonell

Gefran SIEI UK Limited

7 Pearson Road

Central Park, Telford, TF2 9TX

Tel: 08452 604555, fax: 08452 677455

E-mail: sales@gefran.co.uk

XPSA pressure transmitter



Hall-Effect Rotary Position Sensor Endures Harsh Conditions and Enhances Precision


Honeywell has introduced 17 new RPN Series Hall-Effect Rotary Position Sensors that simplify customer use by providing the inputs, outputs and voltage ranges needed for nearly any control system.


Eight operating ranges up to 360° give customers greater control system accuracy by allowing them to select a range more closely suited to their application. Five supply voltage outputs (5 Vdc to 30 Vdc) and eight output configurations (mA or Vdc) improve compatibility with a variety of control systems. Linearity as low as ± 0.35° provides customers with increased measurement precision. This precision can be essential depending on the application. Two connector choices (AMP Superseal, Deutsch) satisfy customer connection requirements. The RPN Series' products also share the same footprint, eliminating special recalibrations and simplifying use ...


Robyn Seykora

Honeywell Sensing and Control

1985 Douglas Drive North

Golden Valley, MN 55422

Tel.: (763) 954-5378

E-mail: robyn.seykora@honeywell.com


Hall-Effect Rotary Position Sensors



RFID Time and Temperature Recording IC Saves Medicines and Lives


Dresden, Germany - November, 2008 - ZMD AG, has launched the ZMD41211, a multifunction temperature logger and smart-label radio-frequency identification (RFID) integrated circuit (IC). Using the ZMD41211, logistics customers can precisely monitor and record temperature and humidity throughout the shipping process. This is a key capability, since many materials can tolerate temperature fluctuations but only for a limited time. ZMD's new RFID IC records time as well as temperature, so shippers can determine the total exposure. This avoids the necessity of discarding products that may only have been briefly exposed to temperatures outside the permitted range.


The ZMD41211 is cost-effective for all types of temperature or spoilage-sensitive products, from vaccines to vegetables. It has a built-in timer function that allows the user to customize the monitoring frequency. An on-chip temperature sensor and EEPROM allows the logging of time and temperature values during the entire transportation process. The RF interface is easy to use. ZMD's new temperature logger complies with ISO 15693 RFID technology and can be read and programmed with existing standard compliant systems ...


Gabriele Taschler

Manager, Global Marketing Communications

ZMD AG, Grenzstrasse 28

01109 Dresden, Germany

Tel.: +49.351.8822.668

E-mail: taschler@zmd.de

ZMD41211 multifunction temperature logger



Multichannel Data Acquisition System


Many industrial and research application need to acquire physical phenomena (force, weight, displacement, pressure, temperature etc.) with transducers and sensors, to show wave forms on a screen, to print graphs and to save measured data. DS Europe has been producing sensors and transducers for 30 years and is proposing series DSLab multi channel data acquisition system to satisfy these needs. The DSLab system includes transducers with compatible analog signals (mV differential, 5 V, 10 V, 4-20 mA) that measure and transmit their analog signals to a mod. SAP digitizing electronics with up to 8 pcs max. input channels. Mod. SAP acquires the analog signals with high resolution (24 bit max. A/D converters), high sampling rate (up to 1 kHz max. allow to acquire slow and fast values) and digitally retransmits the acquired values by means of CAN Open bus net to the computer USB port where DSLab acquisition software is installed ...


Dott. Dario Piardi

DS Europe S.r.L.

Italy – 20143 – Milano – Via F. Russoli 6

Tel.: 0039 02 8910142

Fax: 0039 02 89124848

E-mail: dseurope@dseurope.com

DSLab multi channel DAQ system




Sensors & Transducers Special Issues:



S&T Special Issue's cover


MEMS & NEMS Devices and Systems


Modern Sensing Technologies, special issue Sensors and Transducers journal's cover

Multisensor Data
and Information Processing

(Vol.1, August 2005)

MEMS & NEMS: Devices
and Systems

(Vol.2, October 2007)

Modern Sensing

(Vol.90, April 2008)

Microsystems: Technology and Applications
(Vol.3, December 2008)





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