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      British engineering and sensor innovation (20/03/2015)

      In the early nineties, British engineer Jonathan May was involved in a project to develop a ship-borne weapon alignment system that would enable naval vessels to align their weapons more accurately and at lower cost.

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      The latest developments in medical sensors (16/10/2014)

      Air or gas embolisms, caused by small amounts of air entering the bloodstream and forming bubbles, can prove fatal. If air accidentally enters blood vessels through surgery, via an intravenous fluid line or during transfusion, the resulting bubbles can block blood flow, which may lead to a heart attack, stroke or thrombosis. While treatment is possible in the form of hyperbaric therapy, the unpredictable nature of air bubbles combined with the potential consequences, mean that prevention is pref

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      MEMS implementation advances medical sensing technology (16/07/2014)

      There are a broad range of opportunities for sensing devices within the healthcare sector; monitoring key dynamics or to enable the diagnosis of medical complaints. In the coming years, says Laurent Otte, Melexis, semiconductor innovations are likely to address these opportunities, nevertheless major technical challenges must still be overcome.

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      How working together can reduce time to market and lower total system costs (01/04/2014)

      There is a new kind of relationship between parts suppliers and OEMs, says Alex Geddes, Honeywell Sensing and Control, one where working in partnership carries through from initial design to final delivery.

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      Designing an ignition control for automotive applications (05/07/2013)

      This article discusses the design of an ignition control used in the electrical power steering (EPS) system of automobiles by using a microcontroller plus ASIC or a microcontroller supported by a programmable logic SoC. Such a system receives the ignition input from the user and a CAN transceiver and drives the three-phase brushless automotive motor.

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      Measuring air pressure pulses quickly and reliably (29/05/2013)

      The KP200 pressure sensor from Infineon Technologies is the key component in innovative systems that increase protection for pedestrians and vehicle occupants in collisions. The decisive capability of these pressure sensors is that they are able to measure air pressure pulses very reliably, quickly and independently of variations in ambient air pressure. This they have already proven for many years in a similar safety-related automobile application as side airbag sensors.

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      Next-generation automotive pressure sensors using advanced MEMS technology (13/03/2013)

      MEMS technology will constitute a growing proportion of the automotive pressure sensor market over the coming years. The performance benchmarks and the higher level of integration it offers will allow it to see greater and greater uptake.

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      From single-chip to smart to super-smart (13/03/2013)

      The diminishing price-tag of motion sensors provides opportunity for these sensors to become ubiquitous.

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      Do you know your arc-seconds from your gradians? (11/03/2013)

      Angle sensors are generally rated and, just as importantly, priced according to their measurement performance. But performance is stated in a variety of ways and some manufacturers confuse matters by using crafty ‘spec-manship’. Mark Howard of Zettlex explains some of the terminology and provides an explanation of how to specify an angle sensor that is right for your application.