TI adds sensors for temperature, light & proximity to meet industrial design challenges

September 09, 2014 // By Graham Prophet
As part of a programme to reinforce its product offering for industrial measurement and control systems, Texas Instruments has introduced a series of low-power sensing devices for temperature, ambient light, humidity, proximity, fluid levels and more.

Texas Instruments is making the case that it has within its portfolio all of the technologies that industry needs for a forthcoming “revolution” in the way that it is controlled, and operates. TI refers to the phenomemon that some have termed “Industry 4.0”. The same technologies underpin what electronics can offer to the connected home, and commercial premises; some of them are processing power, wireless connectivity, analogue technology and multi-dimensional sensing capabilities.

Each of these, TI argues, is a solution in its own right to an existing or emerging problem; but together, and with integration, they offer the possibility of fostering entirely new functions. Key to the emergence of new concepts, TI says, is the availability of all of the competent functions in low-power forms. Energy efficiency, device-device or machine-machine communications, building automation, the smart grid – and many of these systems will be very long-lived. TI points to its existing range in embedded processing, and in linear circuitry, and is promising continued development of products that are immediately applicable to the new trends in industrial electronics. The company will deliver system-level designs via its “TI Designs” catalogue and website, of ready-to-use (or ready-to-adapt) designs that are complete and the product, sub-system and also, system, level.

The sensor offering in this announcement comprises four devices that allow engineers to accurately sense key parameters in tight spaces with very low power. These new products provide solutions for temperature, humidity, ambient light and capacitive sensing in a host of industrial and enterprise applications.

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