Smart temperature sensors

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A smart tem­per­a­ture sen­sor is a com­plex, in­tel­li­gent sen­sor whose scope of per­for­mance ex­tends be­yond the de­tec­tion of mea­sured vari­ables to in­clude sig­nal con­di­tion­ing and sig­nal pro­cess­ing — of­ten com­bined in a ready-to-in­stall unit. Pow­er­ful com­po­nents of smart tem­per­a­ture sen­sors are, for ex­am­ple, mi­cro­proces­sors, mi­cro­con­trollers, com­plex log­ic units as well as in­ter­faces for da­ta ex­change with high­er-lev­el sys­tems (field­bus sys­tems, sen­sor net­works, IO-Link, etc.) Smart tem­per­a­ture sen­sors do not re­quire ex­ter­nal com­put­er pow­er and are con­sid­ered im­por­tant com­po­nents for the minia­tur­iza­tion of as­sem­blies, the de­cen­tral­iza­tion of func­tions as well as cost re­duc­tion or in­creased flex­i­bil­i­ty. Tech­no­log­i­cal foun­da­tions for the re­al­iza­tion of smart tem­per­a­ture sen­sors come from mi­crosys­tems tech­nol­o­gy and nan­otech­nol­o­gy, among others.

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