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The Hitachi Semiconductor Strain Sensor wins a 2016 R&D 100 Award

 
The Hitachi Semiconductor Strain Sensor wins a 2016 R&D 100 Award

14 March 2017

We wish to extend our congratulations to our client Hitachi Ltd for winning a 2016 R&D 100 award for their new Semiconductor Strain Sensor.  The accolade is awarded to the 100 best innovations in research and development each year as judged by R&D Magazine.

A collaborative effort of Hitachi Ltd and Hitachi Automotive Systems Ltd, the Hitachi Semiconductor Strain Sensor is incredibly accurate, making it capable of detecting strains to the order of a millionth (which is equivalent to a 1mm deformation in a body 1km in length), all while being smaller and more durable than conventional piezoelectric sensors.

As well as being set to benefit the industrial fields of precision machining and infrastructure construction; the sensor’s suitability for use as a torque sensor or a surface tension sensor also pose some exciting prospects for use in future innovations, particularly as the market for IoT (Internet of Things) compatible appliances grows ever larger.

Mewburn Ellis partner Graeme Moore works closely with Hitachi to establish and defend their international patent portfolio.