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This monthly e-newsletter, written by the editors of Sensors & Transducers Magazine (ISSN 1726-5479), delivers the product and research news, end-use application news, information on upcoming events for MEMS and sensors professionals, and updates you on happenings in the sensor science, industry and markets. The Newsletter reports the latest developments in sensor industry as it happens from leading research centers, universities and manufacturers. Who should read this Newsletter ? All who are interested in the newest information and trends in sensors, transducers, MEMS and sensor instrumentation, including DAQ.


IFSA Newsletter (ISSN 1726-6017), No.9, September 2012

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1.   Sensors & Transducers Magazine (e-Digest) and journal, Vol.144, Issue 9, September 2012

2.   Sensors Web Portal Up-dates Briefs

3.   Sensors Related Published Books

4.   Sensors Related Events: conferences and courses

5.   Mobile Device Sensor Market Worth $1.2 Billion at End of 2012

6.   World Sensors Market in Healthcare Applications is expected to reach $13.11 billion by 2017

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8.   Additional Information, Comments, Suggestions


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Bullet Sensors & Transducers Journal and Magazine (e-Digest),
Vol. 144, No. 9, September 2012


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Research Articles:



1. Research in Nanothermometry. Part 8. Summary,
    Svyatoslav Yatsyshyn, Bohdan Stadnyk, Yaroslav Lutsyk, Olena Basalkevych, pp.1-15
    [Abstract and Full Page Article Download]

2. Temperature Measurement and Control Based on LabVIEW and SMS,
    D. Mercy, Ashok M., Karthick N., Rajamanickam M., pp.16-26
    [Abstract and Full Page Article Download]

3. Theoretical Considerations of Fiber Optic Sensors for Thermal Sensing Under Low and High Temperatures Effects,
    Ahmed Nabih Zaki Rashed, pp.27-44
    [Abstract and Full Page Article Download]

4. Effect of Firing Temperature on the Micro Structural Parameters of Synthesized Zinc Oxide Thick Film Resistors Deposited by Screen Printing Method,
    Ratan Y. Borse, Vaishali. T. Salunke and Jalinder Ambekar, pp. 45-61
    [Abstract and Full Page Article Download]

5. Design and Analysis of Bulk Micromachined Piezoresistive MEMS Accelerometer for Concrete SHM Applications,
    S. Kavitha, R. Joseph Daniel, K.Sumangala, pp.62-75
    [Abstract and Full Page Article Download]

6. Lumped Parameter Modeling of Absolute and Differential Micro Pressure Sensors,
    S. Meenatchisundaram, Ashwin Simha, Mukund Kumar Menon, S. M. Kulkarni and Somashekara Bhat, pp.76-91
    [Abstract and Full Page Article Download]

7. Geometrical Amplification of SMA Actuator Displacement Using Externally Actuated Beam,
    Elwaleed Awad Khidir, Nik Abdullah Mohamed, Sallehuddin Mohamed Haris, pp.92-100
    [Abstract and Full Page Article Download]

8. High Accuracy Resolver to Digital Converter Based on Modified Angle Tracking Observer Method,
    Chandra Mohan Reddy Sivappagari, Nagabhushan Raju Konduru, pp. 101-112
    [Abstract and Full Page Article Download]

9. Development of Single Place Multiple Obstacle Avoidable System for Guarded Tele-operated Trolley, a Service Robot Using Single Ultrasonic Sensor,
    Subrata Chottopadhaya and Soumendra Nath Kundu	, pp.113-122
    [Abstract and Full Page Article Download]

10.A Real Time Radio Frequency Field Imaging for Detection of Impurities in Liquids,
    Mohammad Mezaael, pp.123-130
    [Abstract and Full Page Article Download]

11.Design and Simulation of a Microgripper with the Ability of Releasing Nano Particles by Vibrating End-Effectors,
     Hamed Demaghsi, Hadi Mirzajani, Ehsan Atashzaban, Habib Badri Ghavifekr, pp.131-142
     [Abstract and Full Page Article Download]

12.Linear Resistivity Response with Relative Humidity of Gd Doped Magnesium Ferrite,
    Jyoti Shah, Amish G. Joshi and R. K. Kotnala, pp.143-152
    [Abstract and Full Page Article Download]

13.Quartz Crystal Microbalance DNA Based Biosensor for the Detection of Brugia malayi,
     Thongchai Kaewphinit, Somchai Santiwatanakul, Supatra Areekit and Kosum Chansiri, pp.153-160
     [Abstract and Full Page Article Download]

14.Recent Advance in Antibody or Hapten Immobilization Protocols of Electrochemical Immunosensor for Detetion of Pesticide Residues,
    Ying Zhu, Xia Sun, Xiangyou Wang, pp.161-181
    [Abstract and Full Page Article Download]

15.PSoC Based Blood Coagulation Instrument for the Analysis of PT & APTT,
    Raghunathan R., Neelamegam P. and Murugananthan K., pp.182-191
    [Abstract and Full Page Article Download]

16.L-Asparaginase Extracted From Capsicum annum L and Development of Asparagine Biosensor for Leukemia,
     Kuldeep Kumar and Shefali Walia, pp.192-200
     [Abstract and Full Page Article Download]



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Bullet Sensors Related Published Books



Ultrasonic Transducers: Materials and Design for Sensors,
Actuators and Medical Applications

by Kentaro Nakamura


Wireless Sensor Networks: A Cognitive Perspective

by Mohamed Ibnkahla


 Ultrasonic Transducers book's cover

Publisher: Woodhead Publishing

Hardcover: 748 pages

Pubdate: 5 September 2012

BN: ISBN: 1845699890


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 Wireless Sensor Networks: A Cognitive Perspective book's cover

Publisher: CRC Press

Hardcower: 282 pages

Pubdate: 20 September 2012

ISBN: 1439852774


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I. Smart Sensors and Systems Design (SSSD' 2012) - a two-day Advanced Engineering Course

   (22-23 November 2012, Barcelona, Spain)



About the Course


This course is suitable for engineers who design various physical or chemical digital, smart and intelligent sensors, data acquisition, and measurement systems. It should be also useful for researchers, graduate and post graduate students. The prerequisite for the course is a basic knowledge of electrical circuits and systems. Course will be taught in English. Each attendee will receive an IFSA certificate of attendance at the course.



Course Description


An advanced engineering course describes modern developments and trends in the field of digital, smart and intelligent sensors and sensor systems design. Its background is based on programmable parameter-to-frequency (time) converters and universal sensors and transducers interfaces as a digital sensors’ and systems’ cores as well as structural-algorithmic methods for data extraction in order to move from a traditional analog signal domain (voltage and current sensors outputs) to frequency-time signal domain (frequency, period, duty-cycle, pulse-modulated, time interval, phase-shift and pulse number outputs). Working in the frequency-time signal domain simplifies design, and obviates some technical and technological problems, due to the properties of frequency as informative parameter of sensors and transducers.


After a general overview of modern quasi-digital (with frequency, period, duty-cycle, pulse-width modulated (PWM), phase-shift, pulse number, etc., output) sensors and transducers, systems details are discussed including: sensors, FDC (frequency-to-digital conversion based on advanced methods for frequency-time domain parameters measurements with adaptive possibilities), communications buses, PC interfacing and software. A systematic approach towards the practical design of low-cost high-performance smart sensors systems with self-adaptation and self-identification possibilities is presented. The proposed design approach compatible with MEMS, system-on-chip (SoC) and system-in-package (SiP) implementation. It is based on the novel integrated circuits such as the Universal Frequency-to-Digital Converter (UFDC-1, UFDC-1M-16) and Universal Sensors and Transducers Interface (USTI) and can overcoming current hurdles to truly widespread deployment of digital, intelligent and smart sensors and sensor systems. Different examples of physical and chemical digital sensors and sensor systems will be given and discussed in details.




  • Introduction and motivation

  • Quasi-digital sensors sate-of-the-art: accelerometers, inclinometers and gyroscopes, load cells, temperature, pressure, humidity, optical, rotational speed, magnetic, flow, level, proximity, position, torque, chemical sensors and biosensors

  • Sensor interface chips, sensor signal conditioners and frequency-to-digital conversion ICs

  • Smart and digital sensors and sensor systems design for various physical and chemical, electrical and non electrical quantities

  • Direct interfacing for resistive, capacitance and resistive bridge sensing elements

  • Intelligent sensor systems design

  • Wireless sensor networks and sensor nodes

  • Advanced analog-to-digital conversion using voltage-to-frequency converters

  • IEEE 1451 standards family and frequency output sensors

  • Sensor system’s error estimation: engineering technique and practical approach

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II. International Student Conference on Microtechnology

    (8-14 October 2012, Freiburg, Germany)



The 1st International MicroTEC Student Conference kicks off a series of activities and events providing interested students with access to career opportunities in microtechnology in the cluster of excellence “MicroTEC Südwest” (Southwest) in Germany.



Who should attend ?


The International Student Conference focuses on microtechnology and targets advanced students of engineering and science interested in microtechnology.


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Bullet Mobile Device Sensor Market Worth $1.2 Billion at End of 2012



The ever growing popularity of mobile devices and increasing usage of MEMS sensors are set to drive sales for MEMS sensor vendors. New market intelligence from ABI Research projects the MEMS sensor market in mobile devices will be valued at $1.2 billion by the end of 2012 and reach $2.8 billion in 2017.


“Although mobile device unit shipments are the primary driver for the bulging MEMS sensors market; there are numerous other factors in play propelling MEMS sensor growth in the mobile device sector,” says senior analyst Josh Flood. “Smartphone users expect their device to be intuitive and capable of interacting without pressing a button. Sensors make this possible — from changing the device orientation view to turning or tilting the device whilst playing a game.”


The most common sensor is the accelerometer, enabling devices to switch from a portrait to landscape display by simply turning it. More than 4 out of every 5 smartphones shipped this year will contain an accelerometer and ABI Research estimates 32% of MEMS sensor shipments will be accelerometers in mobile devices. Nevertheless, gyroscopes were the largest portion of the MEMS sensor market in revenue terms and will reach $350 million this year.


MEMS sensors will play a key role with mobile service and application companies. The sensors enable mobile network operators, app designers, and mobile device operating systems to offer better and more interactive features to different mobile devices. Smartphones are the largest market for MEMS sensors in mobile devices. The total annual revenues for sensors will be $1.3 billion by the end of 2012. MEMS sensor revenues for smartphones are forecast to be worth $4.4 billion in 2017. Media tablets were the second largest market for MEMS sensors in mobile devices and are predicted to be almost $835 million in 2017.



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Bullet World Sensors Market in Healthcare Applications is expected to reach $13.11 billion by 2017



DALLAS, August 23, 2012 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ -- According to a new market research report "World Sensors Market in Healthcare Applications (2012-2017), Global Forecast & Analysis - Segmentation by Type of Sensor (Temperature, Pressure, Chemical, Flow, Level, Position, Image and Biosensors), Monitoring, Therapeutic, Diagnostic, Drug Discovery & Delivery Applications, Geographical & Country-wise Markets" published by MarketsandMarkets ( http://www.marketsandmarkets.com ), the total market is expected to reach $13.11 billion by 2017.


The use of sensors in the healthcare sector is mainly driven by the increasing need for sophistication in medical electronics to "sense" and "monitor" temperatures, pressures, chemical, and biological levels of patients and drugs for applications in diagnostics, therapeutics, monitoring, drug discovery and delivery; in hospitals and other medical facilities, including home-treatments. Sensors play an important role in enhancing safety and improving the quality of life in the healthcare arena. Sensors are increasingly being used in medical applications due to accuracy, intelligence, capability, reliability, small size, and low power consumption of sensors. Sensors increase the intelligence of the life supporting implants. They can also be used in various types of monitoring appliances to provide better quality of life for the patients. Sensors enable early detection of ailments, thereby allowing a timely prevention or cure.


The Medical sensors market is experiencing an increase in revenue due to several reasons such as demand from the healthcare sector for better and improved care, rising importance of sensors in almost all medical devices, developments in sensor technology, and newer medical applications for sensors. The sensors market in medical applications is driven by rising healthcare costs, aging population, wide-spread diseases and the need for medical diagnosis and treatment in developing and under-developed regions. The developed economies such as North America and Europe currently form the major shareholders in the revenue of sensors in healthcare applications, but the revenue is expected to increase rapidly over the years to come, with an increasing penetration of advanced sensors in sophisticated medical equipment being deployed for use in developing geographies such as Asia and Africa.


The penetration rate is also being increased by the growing awareness for advanced healthcare infrastructure in all countries, about the benefits and role of advanced sensors-equipped medical equipment, in preventing illness and saving more lives. Also, as the prices of advanced medical sensors are slowly being reduced and made affordable, their penetration rate is set to increase in developing and underdeveloped regions. The various sensors to find applications in healthcare include pressure, temperature, chemical, flow, level, position, and image and bio sensors.


In terms of market statistics, the biggest revenue contributors are biosensors, which are sensors specifically designed for use in biological applications such as cardiac pacemakers, in-vitro diagnostics, and other implantable medical electronics. The biosensors can be termed as the biggest game-changers for sensors market in healthcare applications in the past two decades, as it can be undoubtedly said that the current huge market size worth approximately $8 billion is attained through biosensors. They, at present, account for a majority of the total revenue, owing to the wide-spread use of biosensors in monitoring and diagnostic applications of the medical segment and rapidly increasing use of biosensors even in the pharmaceutical segment.


The most important turning point in the history of sensors in healthcare was the advent of micro-system technologies for use in sensors for both, medical & pharmaceutical applications over the latter half of the previous decade. Micro-system technologies such as MEMS, CCD, and CMOS for miniature sensors and micro-fluidic chips have revolutionized the medical & pharmaceutical electronics segment by allowing smaller form factors, greater accuracy & precision characteristics, advanced control and low power consumption in devices & equipments. These technologies have enabled rapid deployment of sensors in several sophisticated medical & pharmaceutical equipments.


Some of the sensors and related devices that came into picture due to micro-system technologies over the past decade include pressure sensors for blood pressure, respiratory or kidney dialysis monitoring; accelerometers for pacemakers; silicon microphones, micro-actuators and microelectrodes for hearing aids; microelectrodes for cochlear implants; micro-pumps for infusion drug delivery; needle-free injection devices; IR ear thermometers; atomizers for nasal or pulmonary drug delivery; ultrasound sensors for medical imaging; neural stimulation for devices; smart pills for imaging; accelerometers for human fall detection; Micro-needles for trans-dermal drug delivery; active patches for trans-dermal drug delivery and so on.


Thus, it can be seen that owing to several revolutionizing factors and game changers, the sensors market in healthcare applications has evolved from an infant to a gigantic market over four decades. Technological advancements, huge level of R&D activities, growing demand for sophisticated medical equipment are expected to drive the evolution of sensors in the healthcare sector, boosting the overall market revenue significantly over the coming years.



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