Integrated device is mobile game-changer, claims supplier

OEMS and mobile device manufacturers are alerted to the release of what is described as “the world’s first environmental sensor combining pressure, humidity, temperature and indoor air quality”. Bosch Sensortec’s BME680 – an extension of its existing family of environmental sensors – integrates a gas sensor with air pressure, humidity and ambient air temperature sensing functions, all within a single 3.0 x 3.0 mm2 footprint electronic package.
The BME680 is said to enable new capabilities for portable and mobile devices such as air quality measurement, personalised weather stations, indoor navigation, fitness monitoring, home automation and other applications for the Internet of Things (IoT).
The gas sensor within the BME680 can detect a broad range of gases in order to measure indoor air quality for personal well being, including Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCS) from paints (such as formaldehyde), lacquers, paint strippers, cleaning supplies, furnishings, office equipment, glues, adhesives and alcohol.
“Our latest, integrated environmental sensor provides the opportunity to deliver differentiated mobile devices,” says Dr. Stefan Finkbeiner, CEO of Bosch Sensortec. “With its high accuracy, low power consumption and tiny package, the BME680 enables developers to integrate new functionality within their products in an efficient and cost-saving manner.
”With its combination of four sensors in one package, the BME680 provides the accurate, detailed real-world data required for many IoT applications.” Expected uses include smart homes, smart offices and buildings, smart energy, smart transportation, HVAC, elderly care and sport/fitness applications. The response time for measurement of humidity and ambient temperature is said to enable new applications like personalized weather information and air quality monitoring.