Articles | Volume 5, issue 1
J. Sens. Sens. Syst., 5, 157–163, 2016

Special issue: Dresden Sensor Symposium 2015

J. Sens. Sens. Syst., 5, 157–163, 2016
Regular research article
10 May 2016
Regular research article | 10 May 2016

A compact readout platform for spectral-optical sensors

Roland Wuchrer et al.

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The continuous monitoring of industrial and environmental processes is becoming an increasingly important aspect with both economic and societal impact. To realize this task, spectral-optical sensors with their outstanding properties in terms of sensitivity and reliability are a potential solution. However, for exploiting these sensors in a cost- and energy-efficient sensing system, a miniaturized readout unit is needed. Here we present a card-size, inexpensive, and robust readout electronics.