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Silicon Designs – Lower-cost universal accelerometers satisfy wide range of application needs

Aug 15 2011 - Design & Manufacture [More Design & Manufacture Articles]

The global market introduction of its 60 Series MEMS accelerometers has been announced by Silicon Designs. Available in eight different models and in both single-axis and triaxial versions, the 60 Series features measurement ranges from 2g to 400g. The rugged, lower-cost sensors offer reliable high-precision shock, vibration, and acceleration measurements across a broad range of automotive, aerospace, industrial, power generation, and test and measurement applications.

The design of the 60 Series combines either a single model, or three orthogonally block-mounted models, within a single epoxy seam-sealed anodized aluminium housing. The 100% in-house manufacturing and rigorous testing processes, along with the incorporation of additive micromachining and integrated circuit technology, result in a highly-reliable MEMS capacitive sensor tailored for zero-to-medium frequency instrumentation applications. In addition, proprietary manufacturing technology allows for on-board voltage regulation and an internal voltage reference, making the units relatively insensitive to temperature and voltage changes and eliminating the need for external power amplification and regulation.

All modules are easily mounted to a test article or fixture via glue, epoxy, or two #8 or M4 screws. Carefully regulated manufacturing processes ensure that each sensor is consistently made to be virtually identical, allowing users to swap out modules with little or no testing modifications, saving both time and resources. This also allows test engineers to provide a quick plug-and-play solution for almost any application, with total trust in the accuracy of sensors used within published specifications, says the company.

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