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Explore the advancements in medical electronics and instrumentation, including new embedded systems and power supplies. Read technical briefs that demonstrate successful engineering applications.

R&D: Medical
3D-Printed Contact Lens Combines Plastics and Electronics

An interdisciplinary team of engineers at Princeton University has embedded tiny light-emitting diodes (LEDs) into a standard contact lens, allowing the device to project beams of colored light. While the lens is not designed for actual use, especially since it requires an external power...

The third edition of IEC 60601-1 has been in effect since June 2012. It replaces the previous version as a basic standard for medical electrical equipment and describes the general...

Panasonic Corporation, Rolling Meadows, IL, has developed a pin-shaped Lithiumion battery (CG-320, nominal capacity 13mAh) with a diameter of 3.5mm and a weight of 0.6g. This battery is suitable for powering...

Products: Manufacturing & Prototyping
PRODUCT OF THE MONTH: SP1012 Series TVS Diode Array

Littelfuse, Inc., Chicago, IL, introduces the SP1012 Series TVS Diode Array (SPA® Diodes), a miniature, five-channel 6.5pF, 15kV bidirectional TVS array for general-purpose...

Products: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Electro-Set for Rapid Prototyping

Cardinal Components, Inc., Wayne, NJ, introduces Electro-Set, a new board-level product line for the Internet of Things. Electro-Set boards provide a standard unified 6 Pin connector including I2C...

Products: Electronics & Computers
mPCIe-ICM Series of PCI Express Mini Cards

ACCES I/O Products, Inc., San Diego, CA, announces the release of a new family of PCI Express Mini Cards—the mPCIe-ICM Series. These isolated serial communication cards measure just 30 × 51 mm...

Products: Electronics & Computers
Isolation Workstation Keyboard

Man and Machine, Inc., Landover, MD, announces a special hospital Isolation Keyboard, which is lockable at the workstation and may be terminally cleaned with a 1:10 bleach ratio. It is easily identifiable by...

Products: Electronics & Computers
XBee ZigBee Cloud Kit

Digi International, Minnetonka, MN, introduces the XBee® ZigBee Cloud Kit, a new all-in-one kit that allows users to quickly build a wireless hardware prototype, connect it to the Internet, and control it...

Briefs: Manufacturing & Prototyping
TÜV Urges OEMs to Consider New EMC Requirements

The International Electrotechnical Commission, Geneva, Switzerland, introduced the fourth edition of IEC 60601-1-2:2014, the standard specifying electromagnetic compatibility (EMC) requirements and tests for medical equipment and systems. TÜV Rheinland, a leading global certification...

Products: Electronics & Computers
Push-Pull Circular Connectors

ODU-USA, Camarillo, CA, announces the availability of Push-Pull circular connectors featuring robust construction and proven ODU contact technology, allowing for thousands of mating cycles. The connectors can...

INSIDER: Semiconductors & ICs
Wearable Nanowire Sensors Monitor Electrophysiological Signals

Researchers from North Carolina State University have developed a new, wearable sensor that uses silver nanowires to monitor electrophysiological signals, such as electrocardiography (EKG) or electromyography (EMG). The new sensor is as accurate as the “wet electrode” sensors...

Products: Electronics & Computers
MIDR03M Series 3 WattConverter

PIK Power, Inc., Marlborough, CT, offers a large standard range of MINMAX high isolation converters with models ranging from 1 to 10W. Products with fully regulated or unregulated output voltages are available....

Products: Electronics & Computers
iPS-M420S Industrial Power Storage

Advantech, Milpitas, CA, launched its iPS-M420S, a 420-Wh industrial power storage system with a lithium iron phosphate cell. This environmentally friendly and long-lifecycle, rechargeable battery provides substantial charge capacity, safety, and cost-efficiency. With its fanless design and IP67 DC output...

Portable and wearable healthcare devices represent growing, high volume markets for the medtech industry. Patient monitors are evolving from stationary...

While a number of countries have standards in regards to overall medical equipment, a few countries have related component requirements (e.g. plugs...

Products: Electronics & Computers
SlimStack™ SSB6 SMT Micro Connectors

Molex, Inc., Lisle, IL, announces the launch of its new SlimStack™ SSB6 SMT microminiature board-to-board connectors. With an ultra-low profile (0.35 mm pitch) and compact size (0.60 mm height x 2.00...

R&D: Electronics & Computers
Wireless Brain Sensing Untethers Subjects

Scientists at Brown University, Providence, RI, say that a new wireless brain-sensing system will allow them to acquire high-fidelity neural data to advance neuroscience that cannot be accomplished with current sensors that tie subjects to cabled computer connections for analysis. Their results show that...

R&D: Communications
Developing a Sonar-Assisted Device for the Blind

At Wake Forest University, Winston-Salem, NC, a biology professor researching echolocation in bats teamed up with an associate professor of computer science and an interdisciplinary team of students to develop a device that can help the visually impaired navigate better. Their research focused on...

News: Medical
Heat-Conducting Plastic Dissipates Ten Times Better

Engineers at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, have developed a plastic blend that, they say, can dissipate heat up to 10 times better than its conventional counterparts. While plastics are inexpensive, lightweight, and flexible, they tend to restrict the flow of heat, so their use has...

News: Electronics & Computers
Printing Electrical Components on Paper

Seeking a way to print technology, improve device portability, and lower the cost of electronics, a team of engineers at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, led by Assistant Professor Anming Hu, has discovered a way to print circuits on paper.

News: Medical
Harvesting Energy for Medical Implants

Scientists at the VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland have demonstrated a new technique for harvesting energy from mechanical vibrations of the environment and converting it into electricity. They explain that energy harvesters are needed, for example, in wireless self-powered sensors and medical...

SL Power Electronics, Ventura, CA, introduces the MB65S family of 65-watt single-output convection-cooled AC/DC power supplies, designed to meet the new safety standards of IEC...

News: Electronics & Computers
Coating Batteries for Child Safety

Each year, nearly 4,000 children go to emergency rooms after swallowing button batteries, which can cause burns that damage the esophagus, tears in the digestive tract, and in some cases, even death. To help prevent such injuries, researchers at MIT, Cambridge, MA, Brigham and Women's Hospital, and...

News: Electronics & Computers
Sound-Powered Medical Implants

Engineers at Stanford University are working on a new generation of medical devices that would be planted deep inside the body to monitor illness, deliver therapies and relieve pain. But in order to do so, they need to develop a way to provide electric power to those implants. Using wires or batteries to deliver...

News: Electronics & Computers
Exploring Batteries for Micromachinery

A team of researchers from the National Institute of Standards and Technology, Gaithersburg, MD, along with other institutions, has developed a toolset to allow them to explore the interior of microscopic, multi-layered batteries. This allows them insight into the batteries’ performance without destroying...

News: Medical
Building Optical Chips that Can Be Tuned to Different Frequencies

Chips that could use light, instead of electricity, to move data would consume much less power—a growing concern as chips’ transistor counts rise. Of the three chief components of optical circuits—light emitters, modulators, and detectors—emitters are the toughest to...

News: Electronics & Computers
Can New Material Succeed Silicon for Electronic Uses?

Silicon is generally the material of choice in the electronics industry. Yet transistors, the switchable valves that control the flow of electrons in a circuit, cannot simply keep shrinking to meet the needs of powerful, compact devices. Physical limitations like energy consumption and heat...

News: Electronics & Computers
Connecting the World with Tiny Radios

A Stanford University engineering team has built a radio the size of an ant that requires no batteries. The device gathers all the power it needs from the same electromagnetic waves that carry signals to its receiving antenna. Designed to compute, execute, and relay commands, the tiny wireless chip costs...

News: Medical
First Ultra-Flexible Graphene-Based Display Produced

A team of scientists in a collaboration between the Cambridge Graphene Centre at the University of Cambridge, UK, and Plastic Logic Ltd., also in Cambridge, have created a prototype of a flexible display incorporating graphene in its pixels’ electronics, marking the first time that graphene...

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Ralph Bright on the Power of Power Cords

Understanding power system components and how to connect them correctly is critical to meeting regulatory requirements and designing successful electrical products for worldwide markets. Interpower’s Ralph Bright defines these requirements and explains how to know which cord to select for your application.

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