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Low Power News, December 6, 2013

ST announced the introduction of their new family of six axis ‘always on’ motion sensors.  The sensors boast an onboard ARM Cortex processor and provide all the sensor related features specified by Android KitKat 4.4.  The devices are also optimized for power.  Benedetto Vigna, ST’s Executive Vice President and General Manager of the Analog, MEMS & Sensors Group says:

“If you go for a long run, you need your portable device to accurately track the whole route, without running out of power midway. The new ST sensors help avoid such mishaps by significantly reducing power consumption.”

Silicon Labs of Austin, TX, (home of Sixth St. and plenty of humidity), has announced they’re introducing a new monolithic relative humidity sensor.  The sensor brings more components on board to offer customers a reduction in their required bill of materials.  The sensor is protected by a factory installed teflon window and optimized for low power consumption, pulling an average of 1.9 microwatts when configured to take one sample per second.

With today’s world of heavily computerized cars, safety standards are a must.  ARM is helping their cusotmers by shipping the ARM Compiler Qualification Kit. They’ve certified that their tool flow is compatible with safety standards like IEC 61508 and ISO 26262 so you won’t have to.

In science news that’s pertinent to electrical engineering, physicists at the Max Planck Institute for Solid State Research in Stuttgart have discovered the first naturally occurring topological insulator in the form of the mineral Kawazulite, which in any event is a fun word to say.  The mineral is named after its discovery site,  the Kawazu mine in Japan.  Topological insulators have an insulating bulk, and a perfectly conducting surface.  The new topological insulator was found by testing thin layers of the naturally occurring mineral after scientists had failed to detect the desired properties in several man-made samples of the same material.

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