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CambridgeIC Announces Distribution Agreement with Symmetry Electronics

Non-contact position sensing technology developer CambridgeIC has signed a global distribution agreement with Symmetry Electronics, a leader in design-oriented semiconductor distribution. 

Symmetry will promote and distribute the entire line of CambridgeIC products including the CAM204 chip that detects the linear and/or rotary position of up to 4 axes, in combination with sensors manufactured using a conventional PCB process.  This approach makes sensors cost effective, precise and robust.

CambridgeIC sensors detect the position of moving, non contact, passive targets using resonant inductive sensing technology.  Resonant inductive sensing is immune to many challenging environmental conditions.  This allows sensors to operate through dirt, dust, grease, oil, and even sea water.   The targets can be detected from several millimeters and in some cases up to 20 millimeters away from the sensor.

Designers of mechatronic assemblies used in lab automation and biotechnology equipment, surveillance cameras, heliostats, printers, media handling machines and valve actuators are tasked to reduce hardware costs while improving control performance by taking advantage of the ever increasing processing power available from microcontrollers.  For example, mechanically adjustable limit switches can be eliminated and functionally replaced in software using the Cambridge IC solution.  Precision gearboxes can be replaced by lower cost units that are now controlled using a Cambridge IC position sensor at the point of load.  CambridgeIC delivers a critical new technology for these applications: cost effective linear and rotary position sensing that can be embedded into customer designs.

Cambridge IC offers many advantages when compared to magnetic and optical sensor chips that are used for embedded position sensing.  Those technologies do not scale well for absolute linear position measurement, or for absolute through shaft rotary measurement.  By separating the roles of the sensor and processor, resonant inductive technology delivers a cost effective solution for multi-axis sensing, since a single CAM204 chip can process up to 4 sensor axes.

David Ely, founder and Director of CambridgeIC comments “Symmetry has built its reputation supporting innovative product designers, and has a strong presence in the embedded motion control market.  They have the knowledge and experience to explain and promote our novel product range to this audience at the early stages of design, and the logistical capacity to support the high production volumes behind many of our applications”.

“Cambridge IC sensors with resonant inductive positioning technology will allow our customers in the Industrial Control, Automation, and Surveillance markets to improve the performance of their designs while saving cost over other available technologies.” says Gil Zaharoni, founder and CEO of Symmetry Electronics.

CambridgeIC’s CAM204 Development Kit is designed for initial evaluation and prototyping.  It includes a development board for the chip, a range of linear and rotary sensors, USB interface and PC software.

About CambridgeIC

CambridgeIC develops integrated circuits for sensing the precise position of moving parts in machines.  Specialising in resonant inductive position sensing, the team has been leading the development of this technology for over 16 years.

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About Symmetry Electronics Corporation

Founded in 1998, Symmetry Electronics is a global supplier-authorised electronics distributor, providing value-added distribution of technology products, solutions and services to industrial and commercial markets. Symmetry Electronics is ISO 9001:2008 certified and offers electronic components, modules and solutions for a variety of customers across the globe through their sales offices or from their award-winning eCommerce site

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Tuesday 5 June 2012