Merit's pressure sensor
Also at the MEC, a new line of high-precision temperature-compensated pressure sensors debuted from Merit Sensor of South Jordan, Utah, which was founded because its parent company -- Merit Medical Systems -- could not find reliable pressure sensors for its cardiology devices. Since then, Merit Sensor has diversified to become a Tier 1 supplier to the automotive, medical, and industrial markets for high-precision, ultra-reliable pressure sensors.
Now in 2013 Bosch is on the move again, this time setting its sights on leveraging its expertise in consumer for the emerging IoT market, including all manner of connected devices, from wearables to the connected car.
At the MEMS Executive Congress Bosch was showing two new chips exemplifying this trend. The first is a new inertial measurement unit (IMU) for non-safety automotive applications. By incorporating the inexpensive MEMS technologies used in its consumer chips, its new SMI130 IMU targets in-cabin applications in automobiles that do not demand the precision or expense of its automotive-grade accelerometers and gyroscopes.