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MEMS Sensors

Written by Sam Wallace

Micro-electro-mechanical technology has revolutionized sensors and enabled hitherto unseen, highly integrated design solutions. We round up nine recent offerings in this arena.

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This month, we’re excited to bring you some of the latest in micro-electro-mechanical systems (MEMS) sensors. Staying at the forefront of sensor technology is essential to many solutions. In this column, we’ve curated a selection of nine newer MEMS sensor products that could potentially transform your next project. 

MEMS technology continues to grow in popularity for sensing applications for a variety of reasons. Primarily, MEMS sensors are extremely sensitive. They also have an especially low power consumption. And MEMS tech is highly scalable in manufacturing—which means a very low-cost for mass-produced devices. Further, by design they can be readily integrated with microelectronics, producing outcomes that are true “systems.” And of course, their size can be leveraged to achieve designs not possible at larger scales.

Meanwhile, like any embedded technology, AI technology has revolutionized how we use sensors to gather data from the world around us, analyze it to make decisions, and connect to a vast, broader network of intelligence systems to enable new solutions. This means numerous market opportunities for existing companies and start-ups, as well as an overabundance of existing niche options for the embedded systems developer already on the marketplace today.

The applications for MEMS sensors is limitless, from entertainment, transportation, medical applications, to the industrial Internet-of-Things (IIoT)—virtually anywhere you can imagine. As an example: accelerometers have been used extensively in automobiles, robotics, ships and even space exploration. More recently, thanks in part to the shrinking size of sensing tech, their use has spread to smartphones and wearables, opening up a whole world of interfacing with motion.

Whether pressure sensors, gyroscopes, high-precision accelerometers, thermal sensors, or environmental sensing units that integrate multiple types of sensors, there’s a huge wealth of MEMS sensor options available to developers today. Necessarily, this column represents the tiniest (pun intended) sliver of available offerings. Nevertheless, I hope you find inspiration in the following gallery. 

PUBLISHED IN CIRCUIT CELLAR MAGAZINE • October 2023 #399 – Get a PDF of the issue

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MEMS Sensors

by Sam Wallace time to read: 1 min