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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 : Electronics & Computers
Test & Measurement System

Keithley Instruments (Cleveland, OH) has introduced the Model 2657A High Power System SourceMeter® instrument, which offers a highly flexible, four-quadrant voltage and current source/load coupled with precision voltage and current meters. It can source or sink up to 180W of DC power (±3,000V@20mA, ±1500V@120mA). The...

Briefs : Medical
Functional Electrical Stimulation Technique May Improve Neural Implants

Electrical implants that shut down excessive activity in brain cells hold great potential for treating epilepsy and chronic pain. Likewise, devices that enhance neurons’ activity may help restore function to people with nerve damage.

Videos : Lighting
Improving Nanogenerators

In Zhong Lin Wang's laboratory at Georgia Tech, a blinking LCD signals the success of a five-year effort to power conventional electronic devices using nanoscale generators that harvest mechanical energy from the environment.

Products : Electronics & Computers
Memory Device

Datakey Electronics (Savage, MN) has confirmed that its GammaSafe memory tokens survive e-beam sterilization with no data loss. The GammaSafe memory token also supports sterilization by ethylene oxide (EtO) gas, autoclave, or gamma radiation, and allows medical device manufacturers to electronically limit the use of their...

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Imaging Solutions

A range of ultra-high integrity hermetic seals and feedthroughs from Douglas Electrical Components (Randolph, NJ) provides solutions for passing signals into and out of sealed X-ray tube enclosures. These products are custom-engineered to meet the unique requirements of medical imaging equipment, including installation...

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Interconnect Solutions

Molex Incorporated (Lisle, IL) offers the MediSpec™ portfolio of products, designed to support medical device manufacturers engineering for diagnostic imaging, therapeutic, surgical, patient monitoring, hospital, patient care, and healthcare IT applications. The products include molded interconnect device (MID) 3D...

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High Flex Silicone Cables

Cicoil (Valencia, CA) offers highly flexible and durable flat silicone cables that are designed for use on surgical robotics systems. The cables are naturally more flexible than round PVC or stiffer flat PTFE cables, allowing for a tighter bend radius, weight/space savings, greater current carrying capacity, noise...

Features : Electronics & Computers
Managing Mechatronic Challenges in Medical Electronic Product Development

Most medical electronic systems now depend on combinations of hardware and software, forming elaborate mechatronic systems that both monitor and regulate patient health metrics. To manage mechatronic challenges, product designs must seamlessly integrate embedded and...

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Cable Carrier

A newly redesigned System E6 Energy Chain® cable carrier from igus (East Providence, RI) is suitable for applications requiring quiet, low-vibration cable management at high speeds and accelerations. The “polygon effect” that can occur when a cable carrier is unrolled is reduced to a minimum of 37 dB(A). It is...

Briefs : Electronics & Computers
New Thermal Management Strategies for Medical Devices
New Thermal Management Strategies for Medical Devices

In an increasing number of medical device applications, thermal issues limit the overall performance and reliability of the system. Basic thermal management strategies such as liquid cold...

New Thermal Management Strategies for Medical Devices
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Transient Voltage Suppressor Arrays

Microsemi (Aliso Viejo, CA) has introduced two new non-magnetic, 500-watt transient voltage suppressor (TVS) arrays. The devices were designed specifically for MRI machines to guard against circuit damage caused by electrostatic discharge, electrical fast transients, and the effects of secondary lighting. The...

Briefs : Medical
Selecting Magnetic Reed Switches for Medical Devices

Miniaturization of medical devices offers tangible advantages to clinicians and patients alike. Smaller pill cams, for example, are more easily ingested. Likewise, smaller hearing aids are less invasive and therefore more comfortable for the wearer. But before either of these devices — and...

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Power Supplies

ICCNexergy (Chicago, IL) has launched a 20-watt desktop power supply line for medical (MWA020) applications. It offers fully regulated DC output in 5V, 9V, 12V, and 24V models. All models feature an LED and are backed by a 5-year limited warranty. It meets EISA, EuP level V efficiency standards, and is available in both class I...

News : Sensors/Data Acquisition
Exploring Less Invasive Options for Implants

On an episode of "Shark Tank" (a reality TV show in which people present their business ideas to a panel of potential investors, or "sharks"), a man proposed the idea of a surgically implanted Bluetooth set. The "sharks" laughed him right out of the tank, reasoning that nobody would want to undergo a...

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EMI Filters

LCR Electronics (Norristown, PA) offers two new series of EMI filters for MRI shielded rooms. The 058 series filters are designed to mitigate any unwanted EMI noise through MRI room telephone, alarm, and data lines. The UL-recognized 059 series filters provide EMI suppression along the main power lines. The dual line filters are...

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External Power Supplies

The DTM110-C series of medical-certified AC-DC external power supplies from TDK-Lambda (San Diego, CA) offers output power ratings from 90 to 110 watts. Typical operating efficiencies are greater than 85%. Available output voltages include 12V, 13.5V, 15V, 19V, and 24V. The series operates with a universal AC output of 90...

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Integrated DC/DC Converter

iC-Haus GmbH (Bodenheim, Germany) offers a 4- 36 V buck/boost DC/DC converter with two programmable voltages ranging from 1.5V to 5.5V for the compact voltage supply of industrial sensors and small subsystems. It achieves a residual ripple of typically 10 mVpp – suitable for the supply of precision analog circuits....

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Multilayer Varistor

AVX Corporation (Greenville, SC) offers the Transguard® 0201 miniature multilayer varistor, designed for small handheld devices and embedded components such as hearing aids and camera modules. It presents a 16VDC device with a 20pf maximum capacitance in an 0201 case size. The series features multiple strike capability and...

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Floating-Point Microcontroller

Texas Instruments (Dallas, TX) offers the SM320F28 335-HT Delfino 32-bit fl oatingpoint microcontroller (MCU) for extreme temperature operation from -55 °C to 210 °C. It is suitable for harsh and h ot environments, medical instruments, and surgical tools requiring sterilization. It includes 512 KB of embedded...

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Implantable Contact System

Bal Seal Engineering (Foothill Ranch, CA) offers the SYGNUS™ Implantable Contact System, which combines electrical contacts and isolation seals in a standardized, platform-ready “stack” configuration. This turnkey connecting solution is suitable for implantable devices used in cardiac rhythm management,...

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Solder Cup Spring Pin Headers

Single and double row solder cup spring pin headers from Mill-Max (Oyster Bay, NY) offer a convenient method to make connections between wires and mating components such as P.C. boards, batteries, or other cable assemblies. The pin headers are suitable for wire termination in both test and field applications where...

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Magnetic Proximity Switch

The Series 9Q magnetic proximity switches from Canfield Connector (Youngstown, OH) are engineered to fit “T” slot extruded actuators. The sensors are offered as a flying lead or 8 mm quick connect. Available in reed or electronic sensing, the rugged polyurethane encapsulated switches feature an on board indicator...

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SMT Key Switches

C&K Components (Newton, MA) has designed the K12S series of robust, IP67-sealed SMT key switches for harsh environment applications. The switches are available with LED illumination or double action and detect versions. The series is RoHS-compliant and halogen- free. Users have the flexibility to tailor force values, actuation...

Briefs : Electronics & Computers
Thermal Management Solutions for Medical Applications

Thermal management of medical electronic devices and systems is now more challenging. Power densities continue to increase while product form factors continue to shrink. Simple thermal management solutions, such as passive cooling (adding a fan and heat sink), are no longer typically viable...

Products : Electronics & Computers
Chip Resistors

TT electronics PLC (Surrey, UK) has introduced chip resistors that are optimized for use with conductive adhesives and suitable for applications like medical MRI scanners where non-magnetic components must be used. The GCR series glueable chip resistors are available in several variants, with EIA chip sizes down to 0805 and...

Products : Electronics & Computers
Desktop Power Supplies

The PPWAD200 Series from Power Partners (Hudson, MA) provides 200 Watts of desktop power in a 7.42" × 4.1" × 2.36" package. The series features a no load standby power of ≤0.5W and average efficiency of ≥87%. The power supplies have a 90-264VAC input and include seven single output models ranging from 12VDC to 48VDC....

Products : Medical
Mini Hybrid Connector

Colder Products (St. Paul, MN) has introduced the Mini Hybrid connector, which eliminates the need for multiple connections between remote tools and a device. For applications requiring a smaller footprint, this provides a compact, single connection point for both air and electrical lines. With a breakaway latching...

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Compact I/O Modules

ACS Motion Control (Eden Prairie, MN) has developed SPiiPlus IOMnt EtherCAT digital I/O modules that offer up to 32 inputs and 32 outputs, with minimal power dissipation. The inputs are designed to meet EN 61131-2, type 3 (24V source type) and are functionally and pin compatible with Beckhoff EL1862/1872. The outputs are...

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In-Line Power Supplies

GlobTek (Northvale, NJ) has introduced the GT-91120 series of in-line power supplies with double-enforced insulation mechanical configurations. They feature regulated outputs voltage from 5V to 48VDC in 0.1V increments and up to 30 W of continuous output power. They are potted in a 98.2 × 46.5 × 38.2 mm impact-resistant...

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AC/DC Power Supplies

Protek Power (Hudson, MA) has introduced the PM400 Series of AC/DC power supplies, featuring 400 watts of performance in a package of 4 × 7 × 1.58 inches for medical applications, including patient vicinity medical devices. The series accepts a 90- 264VAC universal input. Single output models have voltages ranging from...

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