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IFSA Newsletter, No. 10, October 2004

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Bullet In this issue:


1.   Universal Frequency-to-Digital Converter (UFDC-1): a Revolution in ADC Conversion

2.   2004 Sensor Survey: less than 3 months remains up to survey close

3.   Sensors & Transducers Magazine (e-Digest) Editorial Calendar 2005 and Call for Articles

4.   New Books

5.   Sensor related conferences

6.   Automotive Sensors: Market shares, trends, companies and forecasts to 2010

7.   Sensors & Transducers e-Digest, No.10, October 2004

8.   Sensors Web Portal Up-dates Briefs

9.   Subscriber services

10. Additional Information


Plus lots more information to be found on Sensors Web Portal: http://www.sensorsportal.com


Bullet Universal Frequency-to-Digital Converter (UFDC-1): a Revolution in ADC Conversion


Toronto, ON, Canada, October 19, 2004 -SWP, Inc. announces a low-cost, high-performance, highly flexible Universal Frequency-to-Digital Converter (UFDC-1). It can be used for any frequency-time domain signal like standard ADC for analog signal domain. Now sensors manufacturers will be able simply integrate the UFDC-1 in microsystems and digital sensors in order to produce a serial output or bus capability and to target at a cost-driven industrial market.


This IC is a programmable, two-channel frequency-to-digital converter for use with any frequency, period, duty-cycle, time interval, phase-shift and pulse number signal. The UFDC-1 converts any frequency-time domain signal to digital and uses four patented conversion methods. It works in 16 measuring modes, one generating and calibrating mode. The UFDC-1 lets embed frequency-to digital conversion into smart sensors. Features: frequency range from 0.05 Hz to 7.5 MHz (120 MHz with prescaling); programmable accuracy from 1% to 0.001 %; non-redundant conversion time; quartz-accurate automated calibration; RS-232, SPI and I2C interfaces; master and slave communication modes; single power supply 4.5 - 5.5 V; current consumption at 16 MHz, 5V, 25 0C below 20 mA; operating temperature range (- 40 0C to + 85 0C); 28-lead Plastic Dual Inline Package (PDIP); custom design available.

For more information and Application Note and Specifications please visit the UFDC-1 Product Page.


Prof., Dr. Sergey Y. Yurish

IFSA Vice President

E-mail: ifsa@list.ru


Bullet  2004 Sensor Survey: Less Than 3 Months Remains up to Survey Close


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Bullet  Sensors & Transducers Magazine (e-Digest) Editorial Calendar 2005 and Call for Articles


The Editorial Calendar 2005 is available online. The editorial features include but not restricted to:

  • Sensor Instrumentation, DAQ and Virtual Instruments

  • Chemical Sensors and Biosensors

  • Smart Sensors and Systems

  • MEMS and Modern Technologies

  • Sensor Buses and Interfaces

  • Electronic Circuits for Sensors

  • Sensor Networks

  • Sensors and Transducers Applications

  • TEDS Sensors, IEEE 1451 Standards

  • Soft Sensors and Artificial Neural Networks (ANN)

  • Nanosensors and Nanodevices

  • Sensor Market Trends

Guest editors are welcome. Please check the deadlines for articles and advertisements. Authors are invited to submit 4-8 pages article (including abstract, figures, photos and references) in MS Word or RTF format. Instruction for authors is <here>.


Bullet New Books


Enabling Technologies for MEMS and Nanodevices


Enabling Technology for MEMS and Nanodevices

Microstructures, electronics, nanotechnology - these vast fields of research are growing together as the size gap narrows and many different materials are combined. Current research, engineering successes and newly commercialized products hint at the immense innovative potentials and future applications that open up once mankind controls shape and function from the atomic level right up to the visible world without any gaps. Sensor systems, microreactors, nanostructures, nanomachines, functional surfaces, integrated optics, displays, communications technology, biochips, human/machine interfaces, prosthetics, miniaturized medical and surgery equipment and many more opportunities are being explored. This new series, Advanced Micro & Nanosystems, provides cutting-edge reviews from top authors on technologies, devices and advanced systems from the micro and nano worlds.


The second section on nanodevices first tackles the emerging topic of nanofluidics with a contribution each on simulation tools and on devices and uses, followed by another two on nanosensors featuring CNT sensors and CMOS-based DNA sensor arrays, respectively.

ISBN: 352730746X

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

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Practical Modern SCADA Protocols: DNP3, 60870.5 and Related Systems, by Gordon Clarke, Deon Reynders


Practical Modern SCADA Protocols


SCADA (Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition) systems are at the heart of the modern industrial enterprise ranging from mining plants, water and electrical utility installations to oil and gas plants. In a market that is crowded with high-level monographs and reference guides, more practical information for professional engineers is required. This book covers the essentials of SCADA communication systems focussing on DNP3, the IEC 60870.5 standard and other new developments in this area. It commences with a brief review of the fundamentals of SCADA systems' hardware, software and the communications systems (such as RS-232, RS-485, Ethernet and TCP/IP) that connect the SCADA Modules together. A solid review is then done on the DNP3 and IEC 60870.5 protocols where its features, message structure, practical benefits and applications are discussed. This book provides you with the knowledge to design your next SCADA system more effectively with a focus on using the latest communications technologies available.

ISBN: 0750657995

Publisher: Newnes

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Bullet Sensor Related Conferences


1. 17th International Conference on Optical Fibre Sensors, Bruges, Belgium, May 23-27, 2005. Final call for papers.

2. 12th International Symposium on Interdisciplinary Electromagnetic, Mechanic & Biomedical Problems, ISEM 2005 (topic: Advanced

     Sensors and Actuators), Gastein, Austria (Austrian Central Alps).


Please check our Calendar of Forthcoming Sensor Events 2005 for details.



Bullet Automotive sensors: Market Shares, Trends, Companies

     and Forecasts to 2010 (August 2004)


DUBLIN, Ireland, October 5, PRNewswire - Research and Markets has announced the addition of Automotive sensors: Market shares, trends, companies and forecasts to 2010 to their offering.


As the electronic content in vehicles increases, demand for automotive sensor applications will continue to grow unabated. While certain types of sensor have long since featured inside vehicles, such as oil pressure, coolant temperature, vehicle speed and fuel level sensors, new applications are emerging, particularly in the emissions and safety related areas. This exclusive new report, produced by ABOUT Automotive and Auto Research Analysts, focuses in particular on four main types of sensor:

  • Position

  • Acceleration

  • Pressure

  • Temperature

Position sensors use both contact and contact-less designs to register displacement and angle (e.g. steering wheel angle or brake pedal angle). Acceleration sensors are used to measure acceleration forces in the vehicle. Pressure sensors may be used in smart airbag systems, tire pressure monitoring systems and common-rail injection systems. Temperature sensors are used to measure temperatures in vehicle intake air, outside atmosphere, cabin, ventilation and heating air, evaporator, engine coolant, engine oil, battery, fuel, tire air, exhaust gas and brake calipers.


For more information visit http://www.researchandmarkets.com/reports/c6866


Bullet Sensors & Transducers e-Digest (ISSN 1726-5479), No. 10, October 2004


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15 November 2004


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