• GM Flexplate

    SAWSense is currently developing a wireless, real-time torque measurement system with General Motors (GM). It has the potential to improve vehicle driveability, reduce fuel consumption and improve transmission shift quality. Read More
  • McLaren

    Transense has established a JDA (Joint Development Agreement) with McLaren Electronics in order to develop Transense's patented technology in Motorsport applications. Read More
  • IntelWind

    Transense is now part of a consortium of nine companies ('IntelWind') that has begun development on a major EU funded project to improve the efficiency & reliability of wind turbines. Read More
  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • About SAWSense
  • About SAW
  • Green SAWSense

Wireless, Battery-less Sensor Systems

SAWSense develops and markets patent-protected sensor systems for measuring torque, temperature and pressure, wirelessly and without the need for batteries, using Surface Acoustic Wave (SAW) technology. SAWSense is a trading division of Transense Technologies plc.

As no batteries or wires are required, the sensors can be used in applications that traditional sensors cannot, such as on rotating shafts or in environments where access to the sensors is difficult or potentially hazardous.


The Benefits of SAW Technology

SAW devices, as deployed by Transense, are realised as crystalline quartz substrates (dies) typically 6 x 4 mm by 350 microns thick. On each die up to 3 resonators, with natural frequencies around 433MHz, are laid down in thin film aluminium, using photo-lithographic techniques. Each resonator comprises a central inter-digitated transducer (IDT) with a series of reflecting strips distributed on either side. Overall resonator dimensions are 2 to 3 mm long x 0.3 to 0.4 mm wide. The spacing between individual features in the IDT and reflectors is of the order of 2 microns so you need a microscope to resolve the fine detail. SAW resonators respond to both mechanical and thermal strain by changing their natural frequency of vibration..

Read More

Helping the World's environment

  • Wind energy is one of several applications of Transense's patented technology that will have a positive impact on the world’s environment.
  • As Transense's passive SAW technology doesn’t require batteries there are no potentially harmful disposal issues.
  • By allowing for more efficient car engines and power grids it has the potential to reduce carbon emissions.
  • Maximising tyre life & performance reduces the demand for fuel as well as rubber for replacement tyres.