Cambridge CMOS Sensors - PRODUCT NEWS
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Miniature, low-power CMOS gas sensors from a Cambridge innovator are being brought to a wider global market following an alliance forged between Cambridge CMOS Sensors (CCS) and global big-hitter Future Electronics.
Canadian-headquartered Future Electronics is a world-leading innovator in the distribution and marketing of electronic components. It has signed a worldwide distribution franchise agreement with CCS, a Cambridge UK-based fabless manufacturer of surface-mount MEMS/CMOS gas sensors.
This deal makes CCS's compact, low-power gas sensors available to the mass market of industrial and consumer electronics OEMs served by Future Electronics globally.
CCS's range of gas sensors are used in applications such as air-quality monitoring and breath analysis. They will now also be sold through Future Electronics' EMEA distribution centres in Leipzig, Memphis and Singapore.
Expert technical assistance from Future Electronics' local field applications engineers will also help OEMs' design engineers to integrate CCS's analogue gas sensors into system designs. Future Electronics will also sell CCS's forthcoming digital versions of its devices.
CCS provides a growing portfolio of gas sensors measuring carbon monoxide and a wide range of volatile organic compounds (VOCs), used in indoor air-quality monitoring, and ethanol, used in breath analysis.
They combine an embedded micro-hotplate and a gas-sensing MEMS membrane in a very compact package. Through the use of advanced MEMS technology, CCS has reduced the time taken to detect target gases compared to other gas sensors on the market today.
This enables the application to spend longer in lower power pulse modes reducing the average power consumption.
Steve Carr, VP of vertical markets at Future Electronics (EMEA), said: "We are confident that, when we demonstrate to our customers how Cambridge CMOS Sensors' devices combine very small size with very low power consumption, they are going to find many interesting and valuable uses for the technology. This makes us very excited about the opportunity this new franchise arrangement presents to us."
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