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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
7. Additional Information, Comments, Suggestions
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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.
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New Flow Research Study Finds Strong Growth for Pressure Transmitter Market
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.”
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