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This monthly e-newsletter, written by the editors of Sensors & Transducers Magazine (ISSN 1726-5479), delivers the product and research news you asked for, and updates you on happenings in the sensor science and industry. Who should read this Newsletter ? All who are interested in the newest information and trends in sensors, transducers, MEMS and sensor instrumentation, including DAQ.


IFSA Newsletter, No. 1, January 2005

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1.   Sensors Survey 2004: Quick Poll Results

2.   Smart Sensors and MEMS (New book, January 2005)

3.   Focus on Data Acquisition

4.   IEEE has Created a Registry to Support Plug-and-play use of Analog Transducers in Digital Sensors Networks

5.   Sensors & Transducers Magazine (e-Digest), No.1, January 2005

6.   Sensors Web Portal Up-dates Briefs

7.   Subscriber services

8.   Additional Information (advertisement opportunities at Sensors Web Portal)


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


Bullet Sensors Survey 2004: Quick Poll Results


It is my great pleasure to thanks all our members and visitors for participation in our Online Sensor Survey 2004: What Do You Use Most ? From 2 May 2004 up to the end of 2004 we have received 355 votes and comments with the following results: voltage output sensors - 46 %; current output sensors - 19 %; digital output sensors - 16 %; frequency output sensors 12 %; duty-cycle output sensors 2 % and other - 5 %. The last one includes phase-shift output sensors, charge output sensors and other options.


Taking into account the IFSA market forecast 'Forecasts and Modern Sensors Market: Today's Revolution Changes' and 'Sensors and Transducers: Frequency Output Versus Voltage Output' the market share for frequency-time domain sensors and digital sensors on its basis will be increased in the next five years.


Today there are a lot of manufactures producing digital output sensors with different interfaces and buses capabilities. It is still difficult to find the one to suit the smart sensors' requirements. As usually, sensor interfaces and buses are strongly associated with their field of application. Smart sensors are a new kind of application. So, our next Survey 2005 is about modern sensors interfaces and buses. As usually, our online mini survey will work like a mini forum. You are very welcome to answer only one survey questions ' What do you use most in your sensors and sensor systems ?' and give your comments and suggestions at http://www.sensorsportal.com/HTML/Polls.htm. Click the ' view results' and than 'comments' to see current results and opinions. In order to use it you must have Internet Explore 5.0 or Netscape 6.0 or higher browse version. In addition we will also publish this Survey in ASCII text format and online in IFSA Newsletter. Happy ping and nice Net surfing in 2005 !


Prof., Dr., Sergey Y. Yurish,


46 Thorny Vineway,

Toronto,  Ontario, Canada,  M2J  4J2

E-mail: ifsa@sensorsportal.com

2004 Sensor Survey Results



Bullet Smart Sensors and MEMS (New Book, January 2005)


Smart Sensors and MEMS

by Sergey Y. Yurish (Editor), Maria Teresa S.R. Gomes (Editor)


Smart Sensors and MEMS book's cover

Title: Smart Sensors and MEMS

Author: Sergey Y. Yurish (Editor), Maria Teresa S.R. Gomes (Editor)

Publisher: Springer Verlag

Hardcover: 480 pages

Pubdate: January, 2005

ISBN: 1402029276

Price: $ 89.95 (paperback), $ 199.00 (hardcover)


More details ...


The book 'Smart Sensors and MEMS' provides an unique collection of contributions on latest achievements in sensors area and technologies that have made by eleven internationally recognized leading experts from Czech Republic, Germany, Italy, Israel, Portugal, Switzerland, Ukraine and USA during the NATO Advanced Study Institute (ASI) in Povoa de Varzim, Portugal, from 8 to 19 September 2003. The aims of this volume are to disseminate wider and in-depth theoretical and practical knowledge about smart sensors and its applications, to create a clear consciousness about the effectiveness of MEMS technologies, advanced signal processing and conversion methods, to stimulate the theoretical and applied research in these areas, and promote the practical using of these techniques in the industry. With that in mind, a broad range of physical, chemical and biosensors design principles, technologies and applications were included in the book.


It is a first attempt to describe in the same book different physical, chemical, biological sensors and MEMS technologies suitable for smart sensors creation. The book presents the state-of-the-art and gives an excellent opportunity to provide a systematic, in-depth treatment of the new and rapidly developing field of smart sensors and MEMS.


The volume is an excellent guide for practicing engineers, researchers and students interested in this crucial aspect of actual smart sensor design.



Bullet Focus on Data Acquisition (January 2005, p.60- 62)


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  • Signal Conditioning Modules

  • Frequency-to-Digital Converter

  • Sequential Waveform Recording

  • Airborne Recording and Reproduction System

  • Digital I/O Card

  • Analog Input Interface

  • Serial Communication Modules

  • Temperature Data Logger

  • Image Acquisition Board

  • Portable Vibration Analysis Module

  • Relay Multiplexer

  • Portable Data Monitor

  • Clock Generators

  • Interface Adapter



Bullet IEEE has Created a Registry to Support Plug-and-play use of Analog Transducers

     in Digital Sensors Networks


Piscataway, NJ. Recently created by IEEE a web site contains a registry to support plug-and-play use of analog transducers in networks containing digital sensors and actuators. The registry, an extension of the organizationís new IEEE 1451.4 standard, offers three sets of registrations: unique identifiers manufacturers assign to specific devices; manufacturer identification numbers; and templates linked to the units associated with a transducer. There are IEEE Standard 1451.4 Registration section; Introduction and History; Distinguishing features of IEEE Std 1451.4; Form for IEEE 1451.4-2004 manufacturer ID; Form for submitting a template or TDL item and IEEE Standard 1451.4-2004 Tutorials at the new web site.


More information on IEEE Standard 1451.4 registration is available in Control Engineering, January 18, 2005, http://standards.ieee.org/regauth/1451/index.html; IEEE 1451 Standards family - at http://www.sensorsportal.com/HTML/standard.htm; link to IEEE 1451 Standards tutorials 'Designing a 1451.2 Smart Sensor' and 'IEEE Standard 1451.4- 2004' - at http://www.sensorsportal.com/HTML/Education.htm

IEEE 1451 Standard Registration



Bullet Sensors & Transducers e-Digest (ISSN 1726-5479), Vol. 51, No. 1, January 2005


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