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NextSense Presents the CALIPRI Optical Measurement System at the CONTROL - NextSense GmbH, the innovative provider of optical sensor technology, will present the CALIPRI called non-contact multi-platform method for the quick recording and flexible analysis of gap contours at the CONTROL 2013 trade fair in Stuttgart (hall 5, booth 5401). "CALIPRI meets the requirements of the automotive industry for ever narrower gap dimensions and measurement solutions independent of platform," said Christoph Böhm, Marketing Manager at NextSense. "The optical measurement system allows for measurements of an accuracy unknown up to now as well as the universal use of one and the same measurement device in all stages of automotive body production" ...




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A. Sartori, M. Gottardi, F. Maloberti, A. Simoni, and G. Torelli, "Analog-to-digital converters for optical sensor arrays", Proceedings of IEEE International Conference on Electronics, Circuits, and Systems (ICECS `96) , Rhodes, Greece, pp. 939-942, 1996.

Abstract - The main goal of the ESPIRIT project "Microintegrated Intelligent Optical Sensor Systems" (MInOSS) was to investigate a design methodology for optical sensor systems. This methodology was applied to the design of a library of modules and general building blocks in standard CMOS technology aimed at making the design of future optical sensors easier. A set of demonstrators was developed, including a linear array of sensors for spectrophotometry and a number of 2D sensor array for use in "intelligent" digital cameras. The main results of the project to be reviewed in this paper include library photodiode arrays and charge amplifiers; three-step flash and algorithmic analog-to-digital converters for on-chip conversion; the linear and 2D intelligent sensor architectures which were developed; and guidelines for the practical design of photosensors and pixel arrays in a mixed analogue/digital/optical environment.

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A. Sartori, M. Gottardi, P. Lee, F. Maloberti, P. O'Leary, A. Simoni, and G. Torelli, "The MInOSS Project", Proceedings of EurOpto Series - Advanced Focal Plane Arrays and Electronic Cameras , Berlin, Germany, pp. 25-35, 1996.

Abstract - The use of CMOS technology allows the monolithic integration of photosensor arrays together with analog-to-digital (A/D) conversion circuits. The structure of the array can be exploited to increase the connectivity between the sensor and the converter, which are in close coupling. Both single-converter per array and multiple-converter per array approaches are therefore possible. This paper presents a comparative study of different A/D conversion architectures incorporated in intelligent optical systems. The presented schemes have been validated by experimental evaluations.


G. Torelli, L. Gonzo, M. Gottardi, F. Maloberti, A. Sartori, and A. Simoni, "Analog-to-digital conversion architectures for intelligent optical sensor arrays", Proceedings of EurOpto Series - Advanced Focal Plane Arrays and Electronic Cameras , Berlin, Germany, pp. 254-264, 1996.

Abstract - This paper presents a comparative analysis of different analog-to-digital conversion architectures optimized for operation in close coupling with optical sensor arrays in the presence of stringent design constraints such as signal and noise levels, conversion rates and physical size of the array. Architectures based on a single converter per array and on multiple converters per array are considered. Measurement results on dedicated converters integrated in experimental chips together with optical arrays have proved the validity of the architectures presented, with different trade-off points in terms of power consumption, conversion rate and spatial uniformity.


J.H. Correia, G.de Graaf, S.H.Kong, M.Bartek and R.F. Wolffenbuttel, Single-Chip CMOS Optical Microspectrometer, In Proceedings of the 10th International Conference on Solid-State Sensors and Actuators (Transducers '99), Sendai, Japan, 7-10 June, 1999, vol.2, pp.896-899.


G. de Graaf and R.F. Wolffenbuttel, Light-to-Frequency Converter using Integrating Mode Photodiodes, IEEE transactions on Instrumentation and Measurement, August 1997, Vol.46, No.4, pp. 933-937.


G. de Graaf, F.R. Riedijk and R.F. Wolffenbuttel, Colour Sensor System with a Frequency Output and an ISS or I2C Bus Interface, Sensors and Actuators, Vol.A61, 1997, pp.441-445.


G. de Graaf and R.F. Wolffenbuttel, Optical Sensors in CMOS with integrated Dual- slope AD conversion, Proc. Eurosensors XI, September 21-24, 1997, Warsaw, Poland, pp. 1129-1132.


McCarthy, S.G., Billingsley, J., and Harris, H. (2000). Listening for Cane Loss, In proceedings of the 7th Annual Conference on Mechatronics and Machine Vision in Practice (M2VIP), September 19-21 2000, Hervey Bay and appeared in the book Billingsley, J. (Ed, 2000). Mechatronics and Machine Vision, pp113-118. Research Studies Press Ltd, Baldock, Hertfordshire, England.


McCarthy, S.G., Billingsley, J., and Harris, H. Where the Sweetness Ends, In Proceedings of the 8th Annual Conference on Mechatronics and Machine Vision in Practice (M2VIP), August 27-29, 2001, Hong Kong.

10. J. Kramer, P. Seitz and H. Baltes, An inexpensive real-time 3-D camera with a smart optical sensor, Sensors and Actuators A 31 (1992) 241-244.
11. J. Kramer, P. Seitz and H. Baltes, Industrial CMOS technology for the integration of optical metrology systems (photo-ASICs), Sensors and Actuators A 34 (1992) 21-30.
12. Eric Pinet and Caroline Hamel, Fiber-Optic Sensors Applied to Minimally Invasive Diagnostics and Therapies (Technical Note), 11 January 2007
13. Yurish S. Y., Low-Cost Automatic Paper-Type Sensor Based on Universal Sensors and Transducers Interfacing ICs, in Proceedings of 22nd International Conference EUROSENSORS XXII, Dresden, Germany, 7-10 September 2008, pp.425-428

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Gary Bishop, Self-Tracker: A Smart Optical Sensor on Silicon, UNC Computer Science Dissertation TR84-002.

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Kimberly A. Thomas, Everett E. Crisman, Otto J. Gregory, and William B. Euler, A Temperature Insensitive Smart Optical Strain Sensor, Proceedings SPIE: Smart Structures and Materials 2000: Smart Systems for Bridges, Structures, and Highways, S. C. Liu, editor, SPIE Press, Belligham, WA, vol. 3988, 2000, 429-439.

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Byoungho Lee, Review of the Present Status of Optical Fiber Sensors, Optical Fiber Technology, Vol. 9, Issue 2 , April 2003, Pages 57-79.

Abstract: The current status of optical fiber sensors is reviewed. The optical fiber sensors have certain advantages that include immunity to electromagnetic interference, lightweight, small size, high sensitivity, large bandwidth, and ease in implementing multiplexed or distributed sensors. Strain, temperature and pressure are the most widely studied measurands and the fiber grating sensor represents the most widely studied technology for optical fiber sensors. Fiber-optic gyroscopes and fiber-optic current sensors are good examples of rather mature and commercialized optical fiber sensor technologies. In this paper, among the various fiber-optic sensor technologies, especially, technologies such as fiber grating sensors, fiber-optic gyroscopes, and fiber-optic current sensors are discussed with emphasis on the principles and current status. Today, some success has been found in the commercialization of optical fiber sensors. However, in various fields they still suffer from competition with other mature sensor technologies. However, new ideas are being continuously developed and tested not only for the traditional measurands but also for new applications.

17.Folder icon Yurish S.Y., Intelligent Opto Sensors’ Interfacing Based on Universal Frequency-to-Digital Converter, Sensors & Transducers Magazine, Vol. 56, Issue 6, June 2005, pp. 326-334.
18.Folder icon William P. Kennedy, The Basics of Triangulation Sensors, Sensors Magazine, May 1998
19.Folder icon Eric Meisenzahl, Charge-Coupled Device Image Sensors, Sensors Magazine, January 1998

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Bob Garwood, Choosing the Right Photoelectric Sensing Mode, Sensors Magazine, December 1999
21.Folder icon Howard Salt, A New Linear Optical Encoder, Sensors Magazine, November 1999
22.Folder icon Walter Butler, Integrated Optical Sensing of Changing Environmental Illumination, Sensors Magazine, June 1999
23.Folder icon Andrei Kourilovitch, Patrick BloechleAn Interference-Based Incremental Optical Encoder, Sensors Magazine, November 2000
24.Folder icon Peter L. Fuhr, Measuring with Light, Part 1: The Physics of Fiber Optics, Sensors Magazine, April 2000
25.Folder icon Nazario Biala, An Introduction to Fiber-Optic Sensors, Sensors Magazine, December 2001
26.Folder icon Helen Titus, Imaging Sensors That Capture Your Attention, Sensors Magazine, February 2001
27.Folder icon Ed Ramsden, An Optical Timing System, Sensors Magazine, September 2002
28.Folder icon Ray King, Optoelectronic Sensors in Medical Applications, Sensors Magazine, September 2003
29.Folder icon Rashit Nabiev, Wupen Yuen, Tunable Lasers for Multichannel Fiber-Optic Sensors, Sensors Magazine, August 2003
30.Folder icon John Lewis, Buying a Vision Sensor: 10 Questions you Must Ask, InTech, February 2008
31.Folder icon Choosing an Integrated Silicon Optical Sensor, Electronic Products, May 2008
32.Folder icon Cliff De Locht, Sven De Knibber, Sam Maddalena, Strategies for High Volume, High Quality, Low Cost Optical Sensors: The Automotive Case
33.Folder icon G. de Graaf, J.H. Correia, M. Bartek, R.F. Wolffenbuttel, On-Chip Integrated CMOS Optical Microspectrometer with Light-to-Frequency Converter and Bus, in Proceedings of the IEEE International Solid-State Circuit Conference, 1999, pp. 208-209.
34.Folder icon John Wallace,  Organic Photodetectors: Single-layer polymer pixel senses three colors, Laser Focus World, 11.07.2011
35.Folder icon Jordan Dimitrov, Linearize optical distance sensors with a voltage-to-frequency converter, EDN, April 2012, pp.47-48




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