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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.

Products : Manufacturing & Prototyping
Square Gas Discharge Tube

Littelfuse, Inc., Chicago, IL, annnounces the SE Series of Gas Discharge Tube (GDT) devices in a miniature EIA 1206 package, making it the smallest GDT device on the market. The ultra-low capacitance helps ensure high transmission speeds, and their excellent stability in multiple pulse duty cycles helps designers boost...

Products : Medical
First NC/NO Tactile Pushbutton Switches

MEC, an APEM Inc. company, Vista, CA, is launching its Multimec® 5 Series NC/NO switches, the market’s first NC/NO tactile pushbutton switch, to simplify design, increase functionality, and enhance safety features in their products. The switches offer NC (make), NO (break) and NC/NO (switch over,...

News : Electronics & Computers
Novel Biological Sources for Implantable Battery Materials

Where will the next source of electrode materials for batteries to power edible medical devices come from? Would you believe, from marine cuttlefish? Researchers at Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, PA, say that melanin pigments in cuttlefish ink provides the perfect chemistry and...

News : Medical
Transistor for High-Performance Devices at Low Voltage

A team of scientists at Penn State, University Park, PA, say that a new type of transistor could make fast, low-power computing devices possible for energy-constrained applications such as implantable medical electronics, smart sensor networks, and ultra-mobile computing. Called a near...

News : Nanotechnology
How to Optimize Carbon Nanotube Arrays

When designing devices, engineers often must join together materials that expand and contract at different rates as temperatures change. Such thermal differences can cause problems if, for instance, a semiconductor chip is plugged into a socket that can’t expand and contract rapidly enough to maintain an...

Products : Electronics & Computers
Product of the Month: Medical Grade Tantalum Capacitors

AVX Corporation, Greenville, SC, introduces the TAZ HRC5000 Medical Grade Tantalum Series. Designed for use in implantable medical devices, the new high-reliability, medical-grade tantalum capacitor series is rated for 4V to 50V and -55ºC to +125ºC, has a capacitance range of 0.1μF to...

Features : Medical
Automating and Accelerating Telemetry Device Testing

The value of highly accurate, automated, and measurable testing for medical devices cannot be overestimated. As devices become more complex, and patient care becomes increasingly personalized, it’s never been more essential to ensure that each medical device performs reliably and exactly to...

Products : Electronics & Computers
First Source Measure Unit Instrument with an Interactive Touchscreen Display

Keithley Instruments, Inc., Cleveland, OH, announces the first benchtop Source Measure Unit (SMU) instrument with a capacitive touchscreen graphical user interface. The Model 2450 SourceMeter® SMU Instrument combines an intuitive touchscreen, icon-based control, a...

Products : Medical
Sensor-Enabled RFID Tags

ams AG, Unterpremstaetten, Austria, announces its next-generation sensor-enabled radio-frequency identification RFID tags, the SL13A and SL900A, which enable a simple, low-cost implementation of a new class of wireless data-logging applications. The devices include an onboard temperature sensor, an interface to an...

News : Materials
Scientists Invent Self-healing Battery Electrode

A team of researchers from Stanford University and the Department of Energy’s (DOE) SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory have made the first battery electrode that heals itself, opening a new and potentially commercially viable path for making the next generation of lithium ion batteries.

News : Motion Control
Robotics Technology Advances Artificial Legs

Recent advances in robotics technology enables prosthetics that can dramatically improve the mobility of lower-limb amputees, allowing them to negotiate stairs and slopes and uneven ground, and significantly reducing their risk of falling, say a team of engineers at Vanderbilt University’s Center...

News : Photonics/Optics
Soluble Polymer Allows Writing in Liquid with Light

Researchers from the Laboratory of Polymer Chemistry in the University of Helsinki’s Department of Chemistry in Finland have managed to draw in an alcohol-based solution using laser light. The research was published in the journal, Macromolecules.

News : Electronics & Computers
Printing Inkjet-Based Circuits

A team of researchers from Georgia Tech, the University of Tokyo, and Microsoft Research have developed a novel method to rapidly and inexpensively make electrical circuits by printing them with commodity inkjet printers and off-the-shelf materials. For about $300 in equipment costs, anyone can produce working...

Features : Electronics & Computers
Thermally Optimized Medical Devices Improve Patient Outcomes

Today’s medical device and equipment designs are highly influenced by continuous technological advances that affect their size, power consumption, and communication capabilities. But patient safety and comfort are also critical considerations, forcing designers to balance the demands...

Products : Electronics & Computers
Product of the Month: First Inductance-to-Digital Converter

Texas Instruments, Dallas, TX, unveiled the industry’s first inductance-to-digital converter (LDC), a new data converter category that uses coils and springs as inductive sensors to deliver higher resolution, increased reliability, and greater flexibility than existing sensing...

Products : Electronics & Computers
Desktop AC-DC Power Supplies

Protek Power, Hudson, MA, announces that its PMP85SF Series of desktop AC-DC power supplies delivers 85W and are certified to UL/ES60601-1 and EN60101-1 3rd edition medical safety standards. These Class II medical grade units accept a 90-264VAC universal input and are equipped with a C8 AC input receptacle to partner...

Products : Electronics & Computers
‘Green’ AC-DC Power Supplies

XP Power, Sunnyvale, CA, added to its GCS series of single output high efficiency “green” ACDC power supplies with both ITE and Medical safety approvals. The GCS180 range extends the power output up to 180 Watts. All models in the range have a no load input power of less than 0.5W and a typical efficiency of...

Products : Electronics & Computers
70W AC/DC Desktop Power

Power Partners, Hudson, MA, announces the PEAD70SLF Series of single output AC/DC desktop switching power supplies, which provide up to 70W from an input voltage range of 90-264VAC (47 to 63Hz). The ultra-slim desktop adapter has a 3.66" × 2.28" x 0.66” footprint. The series has standard output voltages of 15, 18, 19,...

Products : Electronics & Computers
Step-Down Micromodule Regulator

Linear Technology, Milpitas, CA, launches the LTM4624, a 14V, 4A step-down micromodule regulator in a 6.25 × 6.25 × 5.01mm BGA package which fits within 1cm2 on a singlesided PCB or 0.5cm2 double-sided. The LTM4624 includes the DC/DC controller, power switches, inductor, and compensation in a single package, and...

Products : Electronics & Computers
Digital Circuit Pressure Transducer

Transducers Direct, Cincinnati, OH, announces its new TD2000 ultra precision accuracy 0.05% BFSL digital pressure transducer, which is ideal for use in applications where precision measurements are critical, such as laboratories, instrumentation equipment, and test/analysis applications. Its digital circuit...

Products : Electronics & Computers
GWS500 Series Power Supplies

TDK-Lambda, San Diego, CA, extends its GWS500 series power supplies with the addition of two low output voltage models. Combining high efficiency, high power density, and low standby power characteristics, the 5V 80A and 7.5V 67A models feature a 4.1 × 8.6" footprint and 1.6" height, and include overvoltage,...

Products : Electronics & Computers
Rechargeable Battery for CNC Machines

FANUC America Corporation, Hoffman Estates, IL, offers a Rechargeable Battery Unit Kit that provides reliable long-term backup power for CNC machines and eliminates the use of disposable batteries; providing a more environmentally- friendly solution. FANUC’s Rechargeable Battery Unit enables a CNC system...

Products : Electronics & Computers
Air in Line Sensors

Morgan Technical Ceramics, Fairfield, NJ, announces its range of piezo ceramic Air in Line sensors, ideal for use in medical equipment, including infusion pumps, enteral feeding pumps, and dialysis equipment. The sensors are available as either a standard or custom-manufactured model to suit specific OEM needs, and can be...

Products : Electronics & Computers
Silicone Encapsulant and Potting Material

NuSil Technology LLC, Carpinteria, CA, unveils R-2614, a transparent, flowable silicone encapsulant and potting material uniquely designed for easy processing and long-term reliability. As a liquid silicone elastomer, R-2614 answers the need for clear yet maximum protection of electronic systems, and...

Products : Electronics & Computers
Wireless Foot Controls

Steute Meditech, Inc., Ridgefield, CT, announces its medical-grade, fully-compliant, wireless foot controls. Each customized unit features proprietary technology to achieve safe, interference-free performance. Operating in the ISM 2.4 GHz band, the technology continuously monitors the integrity of the bi-directional...

News : Materials
Metamaterial May Improve Depression

A new headpiece for brain stimulation technique, designed by engineers at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, may considerably improve treatment of tough cases of depression. Computer simulations have shown that the device—a square array of 64 circular metallic coils—could help researchers and doctors...

News : Medical
Restoring Sense of Touch to Laparoscopic Surgeons

A small, wireless capsule has been developed by a team of doctors and engineers at Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN, that, they say, can restore the sense of touch that surgeons are losing as they shift increasingly from open to laparoscopy or minimally invasive surgery.

Briefs : Electronics & Computers
Electron Beam Writer Enables Microfabrication

The new electron beam writer housed in the cleanroom facility at the Qualcomm Institute, previously the UCSD division of the California Institute of Telecommunications and Information Technology, is important for two major areas of research by Shadi Dayeh, PhD, an electrical and computer engineering...

Briefs : Electronics & Computers
Heart Pump with Behind-the-Ear Power Connector
Heart Pump with Behind-the-Ear Power Connector

Cardiac surgeons and cardiologists at the University of Maryland Heart Center are part of a multi-center clinical trial evaluating the efficacy of powering heart pumps through a skull-based...

Heart Pump with Behind-the-Ear Power Connector
Features : Mechanical & Fluid Systems
Robotic Exoskeleton Vastly Improves Quality of Life
Robotic Exoskeleton Vastly Improves Quality of Life

Worldwide an estimated 185 million people use a wheelchair daily. A company based in Auckland, New Zealand, has developed an innovative robotic technology that helps people with mobility...

Robotic Exoskeleton Vastly Improves Quality of Life

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