MEMS & Sensors

Performing a Personal ECG at Home

A startup has managed to miniaturize an ECG monitor to such an extent that you can now perform the scan yourself from your own home. Living with an ailment is hard enough, having time off work to get regular scans just makes things worse. But what if it’s not you that’s sick but your new-born…

Saliva to Replace Blood in Diabetes Monitoring?

Of the 2,100 startups exhibiting at Web Summit this year, 900 took part in the PITCH on-stage competition. Swiss nano-biosensor startup Nutrix won that battle, and with its non-invasive and painless glucose monitoring device, it is hoping to win the war against diabetes monitoring.  Blood glucose monitoring has been the primary tool for diabetics to…

The Future of Power Conversion Is Now, and SiC and GaN Are the Enablers

The latest generation of microelectromechanical system (MEMS) microphones based on Infineon’s unique sealed dual membrane technology defines a new benchmark for high-end applications, enabling a whole new audio experience for a large range of consumer devices. Silicon carbide (SiC) and gallium nitride (GaN) semiconductors have advantages over traditional silicon semiconductors that make them the new…

Countering Drones with Animal-Inspired Robots, Acoustic Sensors, AI and More

The UK Ministry of Defence’s innovation hub, the Defence and Security Accelerator (DASA), has awarded a total of £2m to 18 separate projects that aim to develop new capabilities to detect, disrupt and defeat the hostile and malicious use of drones. The contracts are the result of the Countering Drones competition launched earlier this year.…

Bosch Outlines Importance of Silicon Carbide in e-mobility

At a press event in Dresden, Germany, this month, Bosch outlined the importance of silicon carbide (SiC) in its electromobility vision, and how it would help overcome ‘range anxiety’ for electric vehicles. Bosch said SiC will set the pace in the power electronics in electric and hybrid vehicles. A major benefit of silicon carbide’s characteristics…

Gait Sensor FeetMe Raises €9.4M to Accelerate Clinical Research

Gait disorders are often a marker of general health and a prelude to evolutive diseases. Smart medical wearables have improved mobility by using body-worn sensors measuring and analyzing gait kinematics.  Paris-based medtech startup FeetMe announced it has raised €9.4 million in Series A funding led by LBO France. Other investments came from Kurma Diagnostics, the…

10 Hot Sensors for Automotive

Vehicles are packed with sensors that measure pressure, temperature, position, speed, humidity, and occupancy, along with a growing number of sensors for advanced driver-assistance systems (ADAS) and cameras. Here, in no particular order, are 10 sensors for automotive applications that can help point you in the right direction for your next design. 1. OmniVision OV9284…

New Capacitive MEMS Design Boosts Audio Pickup Quality

The latest generation of microelectromechanical system (MEMS) microphones based on Infineon’s unique sealed dual membrane technology defines a new benchmark for high-end applications, enabling a whole new audio experience for a large range of consumer devices. Figure 1: Sharing information and experiences via FaceTime In theory, it’s simple: Microphones convert sound pressure waves into electrical…