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MEMSIC Adds Structural Health Monitoring Capabilities to Wireless Sensor Platform

Time:2010-04-23 Views:
Andover, MA – April 23, 2010 – Building on its popular Imote2 advanced wireless sensor platform,
MEMSIC, Inc. (NASDAQ GM: MEMS) announced today the new Imote2 Structural Health Monitoring Board (ISM400), an integrated sensor board that enables an inexpensive means for continuous and reliable Structural Health Monitoring (SHM) using dense arrays of wireless smart sensors. This board is designed, developed, and tested by the NSF-sponsored Illinois Structural Health Monitoring Project (ISHMP), based at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC), and licensed to MEMSIC, Inc. for commercial release.
“As a leading sensor manufacturer we are excited to collaborate with University of Illinois,” said Steve Tsui, Vice President of Worldwide Sales - System Business at MEMSIC, Inc.  “This opportunity opens up new possibilities for wireless sensor applications, including monitoring of bridges, highways, structural integrity, and seismic events in locations and environments that would otherwise be too costly to observe with traditional monitoring systems.”
The ISM400 sensor board offers a compact, power efficient solution due to its integration of vibration, temperature, humidity and light detection functionality into one platform. The key component of the ISM400 board is the Quickfilter QF4A512, a versatile 4-channel ADC and programmable signal conditioner with user-selectable sampling rates and programmable digital filters. The board interfaces with the Imote2 via SPI and I2C I/O and has a three-axis analog accelerometer for vibration measurement, one general analog input, as well as digital temperature, humidity and light sensors. The ISM400 board provides the enabling technology that had been previously lacking to perform structural health monitoring using the Imote2.
After much testing and lab work, ISHMP researchers moved forward on a full-scale monitoring of the Jindo Bridge in South Korea. With the installation of a sensor network consisting of 70 ISM400/Imote2 nodes, the deployment represents the largest of its kind for civil infrastructure to date.
“The ISM400/Imote2 platform provides, for the first time, a commercial device with the ability to collect synchronized, high-fidelity, and vibration data wirelessly,” noted Dr. Bill Spencer, Professor of Civil Engineering at UIUC. “The device addresses the needs of the rapidly growing dynamic sensing community, particularly the portion engaged in monitoring the performance and health of structures. Large-scale, practical structural health monitoring deployments using smart wireless sensors will soon be common place.”
The board is supported by the ISHMP Services Toolsuite, which provides an open-source software library of customizable services and examples of SHM applications utilizing wireless smart sensor networks (WSSNs). The ISHMP Services Toolsuite on the Imote2 employs TinyOS as the operating system. The hardware is planned for general availability in Q3, and advance sales inquiries may be directed to salesca@memsic.com.
About MEMSIC, Inc.
MEMSIC Inc., headquartered in Andover, Massachusetts, provides advanced semiconductor sensor and system solutions based on integrated micro-electromechanical systems (MEMS) technology and mixed signal circuit design. MEMSIC's unique and proprietary approach combines leading edge sensor technologies, such as magnetic sensors and accelerometers, with mixed signal processing circuitry to produce reliable, high quality, cost effective solutions for automotive, consumer and industrial markets. The company shares are listed on the NASDAQ Stock Exchange (NASDAQ GM: MEMS).
Safe Harbor Statement
Statements included in this press release that are not historical in nature are forward-looking statements made pursuant to the safe harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Such statements are based upon the current beliefs and expectations of the company's management and are subject to significant risks and uncertainties. Actual results may differ materially from those set forth in the forward-looking statements for reasons identified under the heading "Risk Factors" in the company's most recent annual report on Form 10-K and other periodic reports filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The forward-looking statements contained in this press release are made as of the date hereof, and the company does not undertake any obligation to update any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of future events, new information or otherwise.

Company Contact:
Patricia Niu, 978-738-0900
Chief Financial Officer
Investor Contact:
Lippert Heilshorn & Associates
Harriet Fried/ Jody Burfening, 212-838-3777

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