Sensors are key elements for the acquisition of the environmental characteristics and build the foundation for the intelligent control of industrial processes. Often the application of sensor systems is impossible, because the harsh environmental conditions of industrial processes, characterized by high operating temperatures, mechanical stress in form of pressure or vibration or wet or chemically aggressive surroundings, don’t allow for a reliable operation of electronic components. “eHarsh” has the goal to realize intelligent sensor systems especially for harsh environmental conditions. Within the framework of the project Fraunhofer IMS develops application-specific integrated circuits for implementation into these sensor systems. These are in particular a microcontroller as well as an analog sensor frontend with an integrated analog-digital converter for piezoresistive sensors.
This project is supported by the internal Fraunhofer program of lead projects.
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