HP's LATEST SPY-WARE SENSOR SOFTWARE CHIPS

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HP's LATEST SPY-WARE SENSOR SOFTWARE CHIPS

 user 2009-12-21 at 10:13:14 am Views: 41
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    HP’s LATEST SPY-WARE SENSOR
    SOFTWARE CHIPS

    HP
    senses potential in a new market: Company’s new sensor technology can
    collect data in variety of areas

    DEC 2009 Today, an
    abundance of Web-connected computers and cell phones keeps information
    constantly at our fingertips. But engineers at Hewlett-Packard envision a
    future of “IT everywhere” in which not just computers but every day
    objects connect invisibly to provide even more data about the world
    around us. HP Labs on Thursday announced a new semiconductor-based
    sensor technology, up to 1,000 times more sensitive than current
    sensors, to help accomplish its vision.

    The new
    micro-electro-mechanical systems (MEMS) accelerometers are essentially
    computer chips with moving parts that can collect data in everything
    from bridges and roads to tsunami warning systems and heart monitors.
    Accelerometers sense vibration, shock or changes in speed from everyday
    objects and translate that into information that can be collected and
    interpreted in a wide range of applications.”With a series of sensing
    devices on a bridge structure, you could monitor changes in vibration
    and the number of cars across the bridge,” said Shaun Wilde, a senior
    strategist with HP in Palo Alto, Calif.That information could have
    helped engineers sense structural problems in the San Francisco-Oakland
    Bay Bridge before a large chunk came careening down onto traffic, she
    said.

    Although HP won’t sell its accelerometers to the broader
    market, the technology has the potential to open the market to new
    applications. And that means new opportunities for local chipmakers such
    as SEH America and Linear Technology down the road.”Sensors work with
    high-precision devices that process that data,” said John Hamburger,
    spokesman for Milpitas, Calif.-based Linear Technology, which operates a
    semiconductor plant in Camas. “We make those high-precision parts.”

    The
    market for wireless sensors is expected to grow 57.5 percent by 2013,
    according to an industry analysis by Frost & Sullivan.The technology
    isn’t new. Consumers with an iPhone already know the accelerometer
    function, which flips the screen from vertical to horizontal with a tip
    of the phone. And airbags are deployed using the same MEMS technology.On
    the high-cost, high-performance end, commercial jets have sophisticated
    accelerometers but they run about the size of a brick.

    HP’s
    hybrid

    HP has developed a new hybrid of those chips that does it
    faster than the consumer chips and cheaper than commercial versions,
    according to the company.”This represents at an industry level another
    huge step in the evolution of MEMS devices,” said Grant Pease, a
    business development manager with HP in Corvallis, Ore.

    Typical
    accelerometers consist of a weight between springs encased in a single
    silicon wafer just a few millimeters in size. As the weight moves in
    relation to the casing, it creates a signal.HP’s device uses three
    wafers stacked together, allowing the weight to be 1,000 times heavier.
    And in MEMS, heavier means higher resolution, said Pease.

    Hewlett-Packard
    is new to the sensor market but it’s been a leader in MEMS sales for
    the past five years through its thermal inkjet printer division.”We had
    to make only minor modifications in existing equipment,” to switch from
    the MEMS production for inkjets to the sensors, said Pease. “The
    organization and the fab and the intellectual capability is the same
    group.”
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