Miniature gas sensors reach wider global market with Future Electronics

This distribution agreement makes CCS’s compact, low-power gas sensors available to the mass market of industrial and consumer electronics OEMs served by Future Electronics globally.

Future Electronics, a world-class leader and innovator in the distribution and marketing of electronic components, today announced it has signed a worldwide distribution franchise agreement with Cambridge CMOS Sensors (CCS), the UK-based fabless manufacturer of surface-mount MEMS/CMOS gas sensors. The agreement is effective immediately.

Under the franchise agreement, Future Electronics will stock available-to-sell inventory of CCS’s range of gas sensors, which are used in applications such as air-quality monitoring and breath analysis, in its EMEA (Leipzig, Germany), North America (Memphis) and Asia Pacific (Singapore) distribution centres. Expert technical assistance from Future Electronics’ local field applications engineers will also help OEMs’ design engineers to integrate CCS’s analogue gas sensors into system designs. Future Electronics will also sell CCS’s forthcoming digital versions of its devices.

CCS provides a growing portfolio of gas sensors measuring carbon monoxide and a wide range of volatile organic compounds (VOCs), used in indoor air-quality monitoring, and ethanol, used in breath analysis. They combine an embedded micro-hotplate and a gas-sensing MEMS membrane in a very compact package. Through the use of advanced MEMS technology, CCS has reduced the time taken to detect target gases compared to other gas sensors on the market today. This enables the application to spend longer in lower power pulse modes reducing the average power consumption. … (read more)