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IFSA Newsletter (ISSN 1726-6017), No.12 December 2007

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1.   Sensors & Transducers Magazine (e-Digest), No.12, December 2007

2.   Sensors Web Portal Up-dates Briefs

3  Recently Published Sensors Books

4.   Sensor Interfaces in the Automotive and Consumer Electronics Sectors to Grow From Innovation

5.   New Flow Research Study Finds Strong Growth for Pressure Transmitter Market

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7.   Additional Information, Comments, Suggestions


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Bullet Sensors & Transducers Journal Vol. 86, No. 12, December 2007




1. Status of the MEMS Industry: Evolution or MEMS Markets and of the Industrial Infrastructure

    J. C. Eloy, pp.1771-1777


2. Prospects for MEMS in the Automotive Industry

    Richard Dixon and Jérémie Bouchaud, pp.1778-1784


3. Putting Sensors to Work: The Untapped Advantage for Tool and Die Stamping

    Thomas Horstman, pp.1785-1787


4. A Cost Effective Approach to Designing Control and Measurement Systems

    Robert J. Pawley, pp.1788-1793


5. Global Pressure Switch Market

    James K. Taylor, pp.1794-1801


6. RF MEMS Switches Deliver on Early Promise

    Jérémie Bouchaud and Bernardo Knoblich, pp.1802-1808


7. Conserving Energy and Money with Variable Speed Pumps

    Tim O’Brien, pp.1809-1811


8. Pressure-Resistant Proxes: New Generation Switches for Hydraulic Applications

    Thomas Horstman, pp.1812-1815


9. Flexible Membrane Micro Flow-rate Threshold Flow Sensor

    Hee C. Lim, Sheng Liu, Gordon Thomas and John F. Federici, pp.1816-1822


10.Design, Fabrication and Performance Simulation for MEMS Based Piezo-Resistive Pressure Transducers

     with Sensitivity and Temperature Dependency

     Madhurima Chattopadhyay, Swapan Das, Mita Dutta, pp.1823-1831




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  • New issue of Sensors & Transducers e-Digest, Vol.86, Issue 12, December 2007 is in the DIGEST section with articles, products and business news

  • 10 Top Products 2007 - most interesting sensors related products published in Sensors & Transducers Magazine in 2007

  • Media Kit 2008 is ready for download

  • Smart Sensor Systems 2008 - a four-day advanced engineering course in The Netherlands

  • Nanotechnology-Enabled Sensors - new book provides the reader with information on how nanotechnology enabled sensors are currently being used and how they will be used in the future

  • Advances in Biometrics: Sensors, Algorithms and Systems - With contributions from academia and industry by leading international authorities in the field, this unique book presents a comprehensive treatment of biometrics and offers coverage of the entire gamut of topics in the field


Bullet New Published Sensors Books


Nanotechnology-Enabled Sensors

by Kourosh Kalantar-zadeh, Benjamin Fry


Advances in Biometrics: Sensors, Algorithms and Systems

by Nalini K. Ratha, Venu Govindaraju


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Publisher: Springer

Hardcover: 492 pages

Pubdate: 31 October 2007

ISBN: 0387324739


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Hardcover: 508 pages

Pubdate: 7 November 2007

ISBN: 1846289203


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Bullet Sensor Interfaces in the Automotive and Consumer Electronics Sectors to Grow From Innovation


Palo Alto, Calif. - (BUSINESS WIRE) - The past few decades have witnessed an explosive growth in sensors and sensor-based applications which has led to a greater demand for sensor interfacing integrated circuits (ICs). Additionally, the dominance of electronic control over mechanical control further influences the growth of sensor interfacing ICs.


New analysis from Frost & Sullivan (http://www.technicalinsights.frost.com), Developments in Sensor Interfaces, finds that data acquisition systems form an important end-user segment for sensor interfacing. The numerous applications for smart sensor systems require efficient data acquisition strategies to handle the variety of sensory data produced.


"The cost of the underlying technology employed in sensor interface design and development propels advancements in this area," notes Frost & Sullivan Research Analyst Prithvi Raj. "Modern manufacturing processes and the advent of advanced technologies such as improved amplifier designs have facilitated a significant reduction in the manufacturing costs of typical sensor interfacing ICs."


End-user markets represent one of the primary drivers for the adoption of sensor interfacing. The applications that need signal conditioning as well as interfacing fall into the categories of communication, consumer, automotive and industrial. These end-user application markets will continue to drive developments in sensor interfacing. With new application areas evolving at a rapid pace, interfacing techniques will be forced to keep up, thereby fostering an environment of constant innovation and improvement.


However, given the sheer number of sensors currently available in the market and that various devices have adopted numerous sensing principles, the task of designing appropriate interfacing ICs to satisfy them all appears daunting.


"Since a majority of these sensors output analog signals, analog interfacing is a must", says Raj. "However, it is not possible to employ the same type of interfacing as there could be a significant difference between the type of output (i.e., resistive, capacitive, or inductive)."


Designing a system requires the proper knowledge of the various output parameters of the sensor interfaces. Despite the presence of many highly versatile sensor interface chips in the market, they remain limited to specific sensor types.


Developments in Sensor Interfaces is part of the Technical Insights Growth Partnership Services program, and provides an in-depth analysis of the problems as well as technical developments surrounding sensor interface and signal conditioning ICs. This research service analyzes the impact of sensor interfaces in the automotive and consumer electronic sectors. It also includes an overview of the major influencing factors for the adoption of sensor interfaces, along with the technology most significant challenges. This research service includes detailed technology analysis and industry trends evaluated following extensive interviews with market participants. Interviews with the press are available.


If you are interested in a virtual brochure, which provides manufacturers, end users, and other industry participants an overview of the latest analysis of the Developments in Sensor Interfaces, then send an e-mail to Sara Villarruel - Corporate Communications at sara.villarruel@frost.com with the following information: your full name, company name, title, telephone number, e-mail address, city, state, and country. We will send you the information via e-mail upon receipt of the above information.


Sara Villarruel

Frost & Sullivan

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Fax: 210-348-1003

E-mail: sara.villarruel@frost.com



Bullet New Flow Research Study Finds Strong Growth for Pressure Transmitter Market


Wakefield, Massachusetts, December 14, 2007 — A new research study finds strong growth for the worldwide pressure transmitter market.  The new study from Flow Research (www.flowresearch.com), called The World Market for Pressure Transmitters, 2nd Edition, found that the worldwide pressure transmitter market totaled $1.93 billion in 2006, with a projected yearly growth of 6.1 percent through 2011. The most rapid growth is occurring where new process plants are being built, primarily in China, the Middle East, and in developing countries in Asia.


Pressure transmitters are widely used in the oil and gas industry, which is currently undergoing rapid growth.  Increases in the price of crude oil have generated a major increase in upstream oil and gas activity.  It is now profitable to drill for oil in many locations that were previously too expensive for oil exploration and production. Other industries where pressure transmitters are widely used include refining, chemical, and power.


Rapid growth in the multivariable transmitter market is also driving growth in the pressure transmitter market.

Total Shipments of Pressure Transmitters Worldwide

(Millions of US $)

Growth for Pressure Transmitter Market

Compound Annual Growth Rate (CAGR) = 6.1%


The market for multivariable pressure transmitters for flow more than doubled in the past four years, the study found.  In addition, a large number of current users reluctant to abandon their investment assures sustained growth in the differential pressure transmitter market.  Even when faced with a need for higher performance levels, many of these users will choose to stick with differential pressure transmitter technology as suppliers provide advanced features.  A need for higher performance also encourages users to move up the ladder from pressure transducers to pressure transmitters.


According to Dr. Jesse Yoder, president of Flow Research, the future looks bright for pressure transmitters: “Instrumentation markets are riding a wave of capital expansion in the process industries that began in 2004.  Pressure transmitters are benefiting from that expansion.  Growth in the process industries, together with increased activity in the oil and gas industry, is expected to drive the pressure transmitter market to new revenue levels in the next several years.”


Heather Carroll,

Flow Research

Tel.: (781) 245-3200

E-mail: heather@flowresearch.com

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