Biometric Sensor Delivers High Accuracy for Wearables, Hearables

Valencell launched two new versions of its Benchmark biometric sensor systems. These are highly accurate biometric sensor modules that incorporate the company’s PerformTek biometric technology. The two new designs include Benchmark BE2.0, a version designed specifically for hearables, and Benchmark BW2.0, a 2-LED version of its original Benchmark sensor system for wearables worn at the wrist and arm.…

6-Axis IMU Speeds Up Time to Market

San Jose, Calif. – InvenSense, Inc., a provider of MEMS sensor platform solutions, launched the ICM-20648, a 6-axis inertial measurement unit (IMU) with an advanced software stack for wrist-worn wearable devices. The ICM-20648 includes InvenSense’s 6-axis integrated MEMS (3-axis accelerometer + 3-axis gyroscope) motion sensors and digital motion processor (DMP) blocks for lower power sensor…

Microchip Sensing Controllers Replace Mechanical Buttons

Chandler, Ariz. — Microchip Technology Inc. expanded its MTCH10x mTouch sensing portfolio with the launch of the turnkey MTCH102-5-8 capacitive touch controllers. In a hardware-only configuration, these 2-, 5- and 8-channel controllers can replace mechanical buttons with a simple digital output. This makes it easy to add proximity and touch detection to any application that is constrained…

Murata Releases High Precision Rotary Position Sensors

Smyrna, Ga. – Murata Americas released its SVK3 series, touted as the industry’s most precise surface-mount type rotary position sensors.  The low-profile devices deliver a linearity of ±1%.  They also achieve twice the precision of previous products and can withstand temperature ranges required by the automotive market, said Murata. The SVK3 sensors, which measure W11 × L12 ×…

Toshiba Automotive Sensor Offers LED Flicker Mitigation

San Jose, Calif. – Toshiba America Electronic Components, Inc. (TAEC) unveils the CSA02M00PB CMOS image sensor for automotive cameras. Toshiba claims the 2-megapixel (MP) CMOS image sensor as the industry’s first to be equipped with a LED flicker (pulsed LED) mitigation circuit to minimize image flicker caused by LED light sources. “When recording LED traffic lights and signs with…

Bosch Sensortec Unveils Programmable 9-Axis Motion Sensor

Bosch Sensortec claims the industry’s first custom programmable 9-axis motion sensor. The BMF055 includes an accelerometer, gyroscope, magnetometer and an Atmel SAMD20 32-bit Cortex M0+ microcontroller in a single package. The high functionality device is housed in a 5.2 x 3.8 x 1.1 mm3 package. The Software Development Package enables easy customization for different application requirements,…