Sensors for Intelligent Gas Monitoring Applications

SIGMA - CP96-156

Keywords: hybrid sensors, environmental applications, film sensors, ASICs

Start Date: open / Duration: 36 months

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Objectivies and Approach

The aim of the project is to develop smart hybrid sensors for environmental applications, e.g., as a combination of thick or thin film sensors and ASICs in a single package. Such smart sensors have the advantage that a lot of interfering noise (for example, temperature and humidity fluctuations) is eliminated. Smart sensors convert the sensor resistance into an industrial standard current signal (4-20 mA), which makes them easily usable in industrial environments. However, little work has been done in the field of smart environmental gas sensors until now.

In the SIGMA project, it is intended to design and develop the technologies for the main components of a smart gas sensor and then to assemble these components, thus producing functional demonstrators of single gas sensors and sensor array units. The main components of the smart sensor units are:

Finally the testing and characterisation tasks will be shared among the consortium members, whereas IMEC will guarantee proper management of the project, based on the experience gained in other EU funded projects.



EU Partners


Non-EU Partners

Technical University, Budapest, HU
Microsensors Electronics, HU
Technical University, Kosice, SK
Micronic SR0, SK
Technical University, Moscow, RU


Mr. André Van Calster
Tel: +32 9 264 33 90
Fax: +32 9 264 33 90

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SIGMA - CP96-156, May 1997

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