MEMS-Based Gas Meter Flow Sensors

Experts predict that gas meters are poised to undergo the same change as electricity meters for smarter, remote meter reading. In response, STMicroelectronics and Omron have collaborated to provide a complete solution for electronic gas meter flow sensors. The design uses an Omron transducer and a companion analog front-end chip developed by ST. The resulting flow sensor incorporates a MEMS (Micro-Electro-Mechanical Systems) micro-thermal sensor technology and is intrinsically compensated for both temperature and pressure variations. A built-in circuit compensates for the variation of multiple gas composition.

Mounted on a small PCB (Printed-Circuit-Board) measuring 7.2×8.6 cm, the gas-flow sensor provides high accuracy with very low power consumption. The unit also has built-in motor drivers for valve control and protection against temperature and vibration effects. The sensor board uses the STLM20 temperature sensor and the LIS332AR accelerometer as well as an ultra-low power STM8L152 microcontroller with 32 Kbytes of flash memory and an LCD display driver.

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