ZMDI announced the ZSSC3053, which is a pure differential sensor signal conditioner (SSC) for high-accuracy amplification and sensor-specific correction of millivolt-level DC sensor signals. According to ZMDI, the ZSSC3053 offers the highest sensor accuracy at low cost. The chip is adjustable to nearly all resistive bridge sensor types. It is ideal for microcontroller-based sensor systems in industrial, medical, consumer and white goods applications for measuring pressure, temperature, linear position, force and load.
ARM introduced the Cortex-M4 processor for digital signal control (DSC) applications. The Cortex-M4 processor features a single-cycle multiply-accumulate (MAC) unit, optimized single instruction multiple data (SIMD) instructions, saturating arithmetic instructions, and an optional single precision Floating-Point Unit (FPU). The Cortex-M4 processor has been licensed by five leading MCU semiconductor companies including NXP, STMicroelectronics and Texas Instruments.
imec and Holst Centre announced an analog-signal processor (ASP) ASIC (application-specific integrated circuit) that reduces the overall power consumption of an ambulatory heart activity signal monitoring systems by more than 5 times. This breakthrough is a major step towards constant ambulatory monitoring of people using energy harvesting, which increases the comfort level of patients and is a cost- and time-efficient alternative for current monitoring systems.
The DSPCon DataFlex-1000 and DataFlex-1000A are now available with fully-integrated, built-in signal conditioning. Effectively eliminating the cost and need to purchase and carry a multitude of separate, plug-in signal conditioning modules, the new software-driven option provides comprehensive, flexible signal conditioning support for a broad range of applications. It is compatible with all DataFlex-1000 and DataFlex-1000A models, is self-calibrating, and designed to handle most common strain gauges, RTDs, accelerometers, IEPE sensors and voltage output devices, easily and cost-effectively.