Volume 91 Issue 34 | pp. 11-15
Issue Date: August 26, 2013

Cover Story

Tiny Tools

Instrument makers pack increased power into miniaturized analytical gear
Department: Business
News Channels: Analytical SCENE
Keywords: instrumentation, miniaturization

Thank the smartphone for blazing a trail toward a robust gas chromatograph that is smaller than an iPad and a mass spectrometer that will fit in the palm of your hand.

Today’s phones owe much of their smarts to semiconductors and micro­electromechanical systems (MEMS) that allow people to talk wirelessly with distant relatives, take pictures, and view movies on small screens. Semiconductor chips provide the raw processing power. MEMS chips add various sensors and devices . . .

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