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<i> Electronica 2006 UPDATE: </i>03.11.2006 <br> <b> Omron to launch UWB antenna </b>

Omron Electronic Components Business Europe (OCB-EU) will launch a UWB chip antenna designed to address size, performance and cost challenges in computing and consumer environments. Omron will also showcase a new range of innovative "jog" dials for the latest mobile phones, MP3 players and PDAs. Both products will be demonstrated on the stand alongside the recently launched B6TS touch sensor IC and D6F sensors for detection of air/gas mass flow.

UWB technology
Omron's UWB antenna construction uses a new polymer-based material that allows devices of sufficient performance to be mass produced at low cost and with special antenna characteristics. The antenna is supplied in a surface-mounting chip format.

Jog dials simplify portable UI design
The electronica event will also be the platform for launching a new range of five way multifunction "jog" dials with features that include miniature integral magnets. These provide smooth contactless actuation with positive feedback and just one moving part, says the company.

Touch and MEMS flow sensors
Also on show will be Omron's recently launched B6TS touch sensor IC family and D6F range of MEMS-based sensors. The B6TS "application ready" capacitive touch sensor is designed to enable flexible, responsive and reliable touch controls in a range of applications including consumer brown and white goods and industrial control equipment. It is highly tolerant of its working environment, with features such as self-teaching, auto threshold, and intelligent filtering, and it can be used with any flat or curved non-conductive panel material such as wood, plastic, marble and rubber. The D6F MEMS-based mass flow and velocity sensors provide high-precision monitoring of air/gas mass flow in a wide range of applications including medical, spectroscopy, scientific/test equipment and industrial process control. A key attribute of the sensors is a built-in Dust Segregation System (DSS) which separates up to 99.5% of dry air borne particulate matter (simulation result), helping to maintain performance characteristics of the sensor over its lifetime.

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