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2023 IDEA Awards: Sensors & Software Nominees

July 18, 2023

There’s a large gap between the theoretical concept of sensing a tangible real-world physical variable, and what it takes to do so in the harsh reality of the application. Sensing important factors that involve motor drive and position in the automotive environment is a multifaceted mechanical, environmental, and electronics challenge. Addressing this situation, the LX34070 IC from Microchip Technology targets electric-vehicle (EV) motor-control applications.

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SiTime SiT7910

As a crucial component of GPS modernization efforts, precision timekeeping plays a pivotal role in national security, everyday communications, financial systems and power grid operations. The SiT7910's best-in-class ±0.1 to 0.2 ppm frequency stability enables rapid and secure acquisition of GPS signals, reducing lock time from over 30 sec. to mere seconds. This breakthrough significantly enhances productivity, providing accurate timing and location data faster than ever before.

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Rockwell Automation Allen‑Bradley RightSight and VisiSight Photoelectric Sensors

Both product lines are ideal for material handling, packaging and assembly applications. The new Allen‑Bradley 42EA RightSight S18 and 42JA VisiSight M20A photoelectric sensors are economical and easy-to-apply sensing solutions that offer a wide range of sensing modes, mounting options and unique features, making them optimal solutions for global operations. All models have a visible red-light source to ease alignment, while multiple connection options and adjustment knobs for light or dark operation help ease installation, setup and maintenance.

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Texas Instruments ULC1001 Chipset

The proliferation of small, almost invisible cameras in automobiles and for general surveillance brings an easily ignored problem: the camera lens gets dirty from rain and debris, thus degrading the system’s performance with respect to image capture and analysis. Advanced technology is offering up a solution via ultrasonic lens cleaning (ULC), as seen in the Texas Instruments ULC chipset.

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