SOURCE: Symmetry Electronics Corporation

Symmetry Electronics Corporation

June 05, 2012 11:00 ET

Symmetry Electronics Announces Distribution Agreement With CambridgeIC

HAWTHORNE, CA--(Marketwire - Jun 5, 2012) - Symmetry Electronics, a leader in design-oriented semiconductor distribution, announced the signing of a global distribution agreement with CambridgeIC. CambridgeIC is a developer of non-contact position sensing technology including the CAM204 chip. The CAM204 has the ability to detect the linear and/or rotary position of up to 4 axes, in combination with sensors manufactured using a conventional PCB process. This approach makes sensors cost effective, precise and robust and serves as an excellent addition to the Symmetry line card.

This distribution agreement will provide Symmetry customers with highly precise sensors for a number of designs at low costs. CambridgeIC sensors detect the position of moving, non contact, passive targets using resonant inductive sensing technology. Resonant inductive sensing is immune to many challenging environmental conditions. This allows sensors to operate through dirt, dust, grease, oil, and even sea water. The targets can be detected from several millimeters and in some cases up to 20 millimeters away from the sensor.

Designers of mechatronic assemblies used in lab automation and biotechnology equipment, surveillance cameras, heliostats, printers, media handling machines and valve actuators are tasked to reduce hardware costs while improving control performance by taking advantage of the ever increasing processing power available from microcontrollers. For example, mechanically adjustable limit switches can be eliminated and functionally replaced in software using the Cambridge IC solution. Precision gearboxes can be replaced by lower cost units that are now controlled using a Cambridge IC position sensor at the point of load. CambridgeIC delivers a critical new technology for these applications: cost effective linear and rotary position sensing that can be embedded into customer designs.

Cambridge IC offers many advantages when compared to magnetic and optical sensor chips that are used for embedded position sensing. Those technologies do not scale well for absolute linear position measurement, or for absolute through shaft rotary measurement. By separating the roles of the sensor and processor, resonant inductive technology delivers a cost effective solution for multi-axis sensing, since a single CAM204 chip can process up to 4 sensor axes.

David Ely, founder and Director of CambridgeIC, comments, "Symmetry has built its reputation supporting innovative product designers, and has a strong presence in the embedded motion control market. They have the knowledge and experience to explain and promote our novel product range to this audience at the early stages of design, and the logistical capacity to support the high production volumes behind many of our applications."

"Cambridge IC sensors with resonant inductive positioning technology will allow our customers in the Industrial Control, Automation, and Surveillance markets to improve the performance of their designs while saving cost over other available technologies," says Gil Zaharoni, founder and CEO of Symmetry Electronics.

CambridgeIC's CAM204 Development Kit is designed for initial evaluation and prototyping. It includes a development board for the chip, a range of linear and rotary sensors, USB interface and PC software.

About Symmetry Electronics
Founded in 1998, Symmetry Electronics Corp. is a supplier-authorized, global distributor specializing in the distribution of wireless, video, and embedded semiconductor products. Symmetry provides sales, logistics, design and manufacturing support from its world headquarters in Southern California, local field offices and a robust ecommerce and einformation website Symmetry Electronics is ISO9001:2008 certified and supports its customer base with factory trained FAEs, deep inventory, and product selection expertise. For more information on Symmetry Electronics or to view their complete line card, visit

About CambridgeIC

CambridgeIC develops integrated circuits for sensing the precise position of moving parts in machines. Specializing in resonant inductive position sensing, the team has been leading the development of this technology for over 16 years.