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OMRON and ST Microelectronics unveil industry-unique sensor for smart gas metering

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article image The MEMS-based gas flow sensors are designed for smart gas metering applications
Global semiconductors specialist, ST Microelectronics introduces a unique range of MEMS-based gas flow sensors from OMRON designed for smart gas metering applications. The MEMS-based gas flow sensor features built-in correction for differences in gas composition.

Similar to energy consumption, gas metering is moving from conventional mechanical solutions to smart electronic meters with automatic meter-reading functions. There are over 400 million mechanical gas meters in the world and most major gas providers are getting ready to replace their traditional meters with electronic devices that deliver greater accuracy, precision and reliability.

Gas meters built around the OMRON/ST sensor do not need to be configured for a certain type of gas at the time of shipment or installation, as they are intrinsically compensated for both temperature and pressure variations with a built-in circuit compensating for the variation of multiple gas composition.

The OMRON/ST gas flow sensors enable the development of smart gas meters that are much smaller, less expensive and more power-efficient than conventional mechanical devices, resulting in substantial cost savings for utility companies and end users alike. The global smart gas meter market is expected to exceed 10 million units a year by 2015.

Key features and benefits of OMRON/ST gas flow sensors:

  • Combines OMRON’s MEMS thermal flow transducer with ST’s high-performance analogue front-end IC
  • Delivers high-precision gas flow rate measurement with excellent reproducibility
  • Gas meters built around the OMRON/ST sensor need not be configured for a certain type of gas
  • Dust-resistant to comply with international gas meter standards
According to Marco Cassis, Executive Vice President and President, Japan and Korea Region, ST Microelectronics, the successful collaboration with OMRON in gas metering expands ST’s foothold in the increasingly important field of ‘intelligent measurement’, helping the company to replicate its success in smart electricity metering.

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