3D image sensors will detect surroundings

At next month’s Consumer Electronics Show, CES 2016, Infineon and pmdtechnologies gmbh will be showcasing the REAL3, 3D image sensor chips.
Compared to the previous version, the optical sensitivity and power consumption has been improved. The space-saving devices make it possible for cell phones to operate mini-camera systems that can measure 3D depth data, says the company.

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Mouser stocks ‘smallest’ light sensor from ams

Mouser Electronics is now stocking the TSL2584TSV light-to-digital converter, or ambient light sensor, from ams, which, at half the size of similar converter sensors is claimed to have the industry’s smallest footprint and height (1.14 × 1.66 × 0.32mm).

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Compact wristwatch form factor FPGA is smaller than MCUs

Based on the iCE40 Ultra FPGA, Lattice Semiconductor offers a development platform for designing low-power wearable devices.
The FPGA uses a package that is 60% smaller than alternative microcontrollers, says the company. It also supports a low power standby mode for always-on functionality, suitable for wearables that need to operate for days between charges.
Hardware features and sensors supported include a 1.54inch display, MEMS microphone, high-brightness LED, IR LED, BLE module and 32Mbyte of flash memory. There is also support for sensors capable of measuring heart rate/SpO2, skin temperature, and pressure as well as an accelerometer and gyroscope.
The wrist watch form factor measures 1.5 x 1.57 x 0.87inches, with a wrist strap and a built in battery.
A user guide and several demos are included to showcase parallel RGB to MIPI DSI bridging, health monitor, pedometer, IR transmitter or flashlight functions.

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Six-axis sensors are power-sensitive

Two six-axis accelerometer-gyroscopes, the KXG07 and the KXG08 are described by Kionix as a significant technological leap forward in reducing the power consumption of six-axis devices.

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