Up until now bats have been the advocates of being
able to navigate with sound. They rely on echolocation to detect obstacles in
flight, forage for food and to “see” in dark caves. Now the Munich-based startup Toposens managed to extract the bat’s
trick to navigate and use it to detect people and objects accurately. The company
thereby developed the first 3D ultrasound sensor worldwide.
We live in a connected world: It is only a matter of time before
hundreds of billions of connected IoT devices and sensors provide mankind with
ubiquitous information… or is it really? What is certain is that key issues remain
to be solved for these optimistic projections to be realised, and energy supply
is one of them: how can these billions or even trillions of devices be powered,
sustainably and cost-effectively asks Mathieu Bellanger, CTO of Lightricity?
The MLX90340 is an absolute position sensor based on the
Melexis Triaxis Hall technology targeted for various applications in consumer
and industrial markets. With a key set of core parameters, the MLX90340
addresses the essence: simple and robust position sensing. It offers the best
flexibility to measure a 360 degrees rotational (end-of-shaft or through-shaft)
and up to a +/- 20 mm linear magnet movement.
This new device consists of a Triaxis Hall magnetic
front-end, an analog to digital signal conditioner, a DSP for advanced signal
processing and one output stage driver. Due to the Integrated Magneto
Concentrator (IMC), it is sensitive to magnetic flux in three planes (X, Y
& Z) enabling the design of non-contact position sensors with an Analog or
The MLX90340 is available in both a single die (SOIC-8) and
fully redundant dual-die (TSSOP-16) package for safety-critical applications.
It will complement the successful automotive grade MLX90365 by adding three
different temperature ranges for cost-effective applications.
Additionally, Melexis offers four pre-programmed versions
customized for various rotation ranges. These provide an analog voltage from
10% to 90% of the supply voltage over an angle span of 90, 180, 270, or 360
degrees, avoiding the need for additional programming at the customers’ side
and enabling embedded designs where the power ground and output pins are not
The Internet of Things (IoT) is now
already reality in multiple application areas. Smart sensors used in smart
cities, autonomous driving, home and building automation (HABA), industrial
applications, etc. experience challenging requirements in large interconnected
A significant increase of data transmission
and required bandwidth, leading to an overload of the communication
infrastructure can be expected.
To mitigate this, the use of artificial
intelligence (AI) in smart sensors can significantly reduce the amount of data
exchange within the networks. Philipp Jantscher from ams AG explains.
The future of the water heater industry lies in the energy efficient, smart and connected devices. The water heater will be an integral part of the smart home. The market is already familiar with the smart water heater concept, but this product category is still in its early stage. Lazar Ćurčija, Product Manager for Smart Thermostats in Euroicc explains why.
XenomatiX, provider of true solid-state LiDAR technology and AGC, a creator of multi-functional automotive glazing technology, partner together to build the next generation of integrated LiDAR sensors for ADAS and autonomous driving