Cambridge startup launches world's smallest flow sensor

October 20, 2020 //By Peter Clarke
Cambridge startup launches world's smallest flow sensor
Flusso Ltd. (Cambridge, England), a startup spun out of the University of Cambridge, has launched the FLS110 flow sensor with footprint of 3.5mm by 3.5mm.

Flusso makes its flowmeter using a CMOS MEMS silicon platform with the additional programmability and configurability that allows. The flowmeter is packaged and assembled using microelectronic techniques providing both performance and scalability of manufacturing to tens of millions of parts per month.

The sensor measures flow rate across a wide measurement range of 0.001 to over 500 standard litres per minute in a bypass configuration. It delivers a fully temperature-compensated signal.

Target applications include: active filter monitoring in vacuum cleaners, air-conditioning units and other consumer appliances; pipe blockage detection in industrial and domestic gas-detection products and systems; air pump monitoring and control in both consumer and industrial applications; and portable healthcare equipment such as smart inhalers and fitness monitoring masks.

Flusso provides firmware and software to configure and customise different FLS110 operating modes depending on the application requirements; design guides; and application engineering support to help shorten new product development timescales.

FLS110 is integrated into a 6-pin DFN package, is reflow solderable and shipped in tape and reel for automated product assembly.

Samples are available now and are being supplied within a product evaluation kit. Volume production of the sensor is due to start in 1H21.

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