A silicon load cell (force sensor) that is based on a new operating principle is presented. The force is measured by compressing a meander-like strain gage. A second strain gage, which is not loaded, is used for temperature compensation and for compensation of bending and stretching stresses in the chip. Also, the same changes in a zero-load resistor values are eliminated. It is shown that the output of the bridge is a linear function of the total force and independent of the force distribution on the silicon chip. Measurements up to 1000 kg show a linear response and a short-term repeatability to within 0.1%. Creep after 30 min within 1.2%.