MWS China 2021 Speaker

Dr. Block Thomas

  • Bosch Sensortec GmbH
  • Senior Product Manager for Magnetic and Environmental Sensors
  • Biography

Thomas Block has over 15 years of experience working in Product Management. He received his PhD in Solid State Chemistry from University of Mainz, Germany and Diploma in Chemistry from Duisburg University, Germany. After his PhD he worked as Postdoctoral Fellow at the IBM Research Center in San Jose, USA, for Hitachi. Before joining Bosch Sensortec as Senior Product Manager for magnetic and environmental sensors (pressure, temperature, humidity, gas), he has held various Product and Project Management positions within the Semiconductor and Photovoltaic industry in companies like Bosch, Schott and Heraeus.

  • Presentation

Environmental Sensors in Smart Home Applications

Hearing, sight and touch: these senses have already been implemented in smartphones and other smart devices with MEMS-based inertial sensors or microphones.

The new breakthrough in MEMS technology is environmental sensing. Here we are talking about barometric pressure, humidity, temperature and air quality sensors. By using the Internet of Things to connect everything, environmental sensors can be used in a variety of smart home devices such as thermostats, air quality monitoring devices or other smart home products. The presentation will cover the technical background about how this is made possible as increasingly miniscule sensors are being built in high volumes, with best-in-class performance, providing good value and will surely fit inside every smart home device.

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  • Company Profile

Bosch Sensortec GmbH

Bosch Sensortec GmbH, a fully owned subsidiary of Robert Bosch GmbH, develops and markets a wide portfolio of microelectromechanical systems (MEMS) sensors and solutions tailored for smartphones, tablets, wearables and hearables, AR/VR devices, drones, robots, smart home and IoT (Internet of Things) applications. The product portfolio includes 3-axis accelerometers, gyroscopes and magnetometers, integrated 6- and 9-axis sensors, smart sensors, barometric pressure sensors, humidity sensors, gas sensors, optical microsystems and comprehensive software. Since its foundation in 2005, Bosch Sensortec has emerged as the MEMS technology leader in the markets it addresses. Bosch has been both a pioneer and a global market leader in the MEMS sensor segment since 1995 and has, to date, sold more than 10 billion MEMS sensors.

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The Bosch Group is a leading global supplier of technology and services. It employs roughly 400,000 associates worldwide (as of December 31, 2019). The company generated sales of 77.7 billion euros in 2019. Its operations are divided into four business sectors: Mobility Solutions, Industrial Technology, Consumer Goods, and Energy and Building Technology.

As a leading IoT provider, Bosch offers innovative solutions for smart homes, Industry 4.0, and connected mobility. Bosch is pursuing a vision of mobility that is sustainable, safe, and exciting. It uses its expertise in sensor technology, software, and services, as well as its own IoT cloud, to offer its customers connected, cross-domain solutions from a single source. The Bosch Group’s strategic objective is to facilitate connected living with products and solutions that either contain artificial intelligence (AI) or have been developed or manufactured with its help. Bosch improves quality of life worldwide with products and services that are innovative and spark enthusiasm. In short, Bosch creates technology that is “Invented for life.” The Bosch Group comprises Robert Bosch GmbH and its roughly 440 subsidiary and regional companies in 60 countries. Including sales and service partners, Bosch’s global manufacturing, engineering, and sales network covers nearly every country in the world.

The basis for the company’s future growth is its innovative strength. Bosch employs some 72,600 associates in research and development at 126 locations across the globe, as well as roughly 30,000 software engineers.

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