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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.

News : Materials
Waving ‘Jell-O’ to the Next Wave of Biocompatible Electronics

North Carolina State University researchers have developed a memory device that is soft, functions well in wet environments, and features “the physical properties of Jell-O,” according to Dr. Michael Dickey, an assistant professor of chemical and biomolecular engineering at NC...

Products : Electronics & Computers
Silicone Cabling

Standard and custom high flex silicone flat cables from Cicoil (Valencia, CA) are free of halogens, do not shed surface particulates, and are water and chemical resistant. The cables are suitable for incorporation into power conductors, shielded signal pairs, video and coax conductors, tubing for air or fluid transfer, and other...

Products : Electronics & Computers
Compact Connectors

Spectrum Advanced Specialty Products (Fairview, PA) has introduced the Mini-MIL circular connector, a small, lightweight connector that offers space and weight savings with performance equivalent to MIL-DTL-38999. It is available filtered and unfiltered with feed-through or Pi capacitance, and comes in a durable package...

Products : Electronics & Computers
BGA Socket

Ironwood Electronics (Burnsville, MN) offers a BGA socket for 1.118 mm pitch, 729 pin BGA IC’s. The SG-BGA-6345 socket is designed for 31 × 31 mm package size and operates at bandwidths up to 8 GHz with less than 1 dB of insertion loss. They are designed to dissipate up to several watts without extra heat sinking and can handle up...

Products : Electronics & Computers
External Medical Power Supplies

XP Power (Sunnyvale, CA) has introduced the AHM series of external AC-DC power supplies aimed at medical and IT applications. The series comprises 5 single-output ranges of 85, 100, 150, 180, or 250 Watt output, and provides the popular nominal outputs from +12 to +48 VDC. All units are convection cooled, removing...

Products : Photonics/Optics
LED Light Engine Platform

SCHOTT (Southbridge, MA) has introduced the 2nd generation of LEDgine™ LED light engine platform that now offers twice as much light as before. It was developed for more efficient coupling of LED light into fiber optic bundles, and illuminates active diameters from 3.0 to 6.0 mm. The small diameter is suitable for...

Products : Electronics & Computers
Mercury-Free Batteries

The Renata Batteries (Dallas, TX) division of The SWATCH Group has developed a line of 0% mercury silver oxide batteries suitable for powering medical devices including insulin pumps, glucose meters, and surgical tools. The mercury-free batteries are useful for complying with state laws that make it illegal to sell devices...

Products : Electronics & Computers
Surface Mount Chips

Stackpole Electronics (Raleigh, NC) offers the RPC Series of surface mount chips that offer pulse withstanding in a 5% tolerance part. It is completely untrimmed, which allows the entire width of the resistance element to dissipate the pulse power without any current crowding. The thick film chip resistors are suitable for...

Products : Electronics & Computers
Triple Row Connectors

Mill-Max (Oyster Bay, NY) offers 804 and 805 Series interconnects, suitable for high pin count I/O and board-to-board applications. The triple row pin field allows for signal connections to be more densely packaged. Placing and soldering one connector rather than three SIP sockets or a single and double row combination...

Products : Electronics & Computers
COTS Filters

LCR Electronics (Norristown, PA) offers a line of single phase COTS filters that operates over an extended temperature range of -40 °C to 85 °C (-40 °F to 185 °F). The RoHS-compliant Single Stage F9100 Filters and Double Stage F9200 Filters are suitable for high ambient environments or in applications with limited temperature...

Products : Electronics & Computers
Medical-Grade Microwave Power Generator

Emblation Microwave (Alloa, Scotland) offers the MSYS245 medical-grade microwave power generator, capable of more than 100 W CW output power at 2.45 GHz. It is suitable for a wide range of surgical applications, including soft tissue ablation, microwave hyperthermia therapy, diathermy, and microwave...

Features : Electronics & Computers
Engineering a Paradigm Shift in At-Home Monitoring Devices

Semiconductor vendors are constantly on the lookout for the market dislocations that will provide the opportunity for product innovation and subsequent sales and revenue growth. Market dislocations tend to be anticipated and debated long before they come to fruition — echoing the old...

Briefs : Electronics & Computers
Electrocardiography (ECG) Necklace

Integrated wearable monitoring systems based on body area networks (BANs) enable continuous, reliable, and long-term monitoring of physio- and biological signals on the move, leading to wearable health solutions for next-generation healthcare, wellness, and lifestyle. An electrocardiography (ECG) necklace has...

Briefs : Electronics & Computers
Experimental Walking Assist Device With Body Weight Support System

An experimental walking assist device has been developed to help support body weight and reduce the load on the user’s legs while walking, going up and down stairs, and in a semi-crouching position. The device reduces the load on leg muscles and joints (in the hip, knees, and...

Products : Electronics & Computers
Real Time Operating System

The ThreadX® RTOS from Express Logic (San Diego, CA) is designed for microcontroller-based applications and features a memory footprint as small as 2 KB to reside on limited on-chip MCU memory. It provides pre-emptive, real-time, priority-based scheduling for optimum responsiveness and includes services such as thread...

Products : Electronics & Computers
Push-to-Connect Fittings

NewAge Industries (Southampton, PA) offers Newloc® push-to-connect fittings in acetal copolymer and brass. Both allow quick connections to rigid and semi-rigid tubing such as nylon, polypropylene, and polyethylene. Typical applications include pneumatic control systems, robotics, instrumentation, and chemical lines. The...

Products : Electronics & Computers
Medical Desktop Power Supplies

Power Partners (Hudson, MA) has introduced the PPWAMD250 Series of medical desktop power supplies, featuring 250 Watts of power in a compact 7.42" × 4.1" × 2.36" package. The series is approved to UL60601-1, CSA22.2 No. 601.1, and EN60601-1 medical standards and complies with EN55011/FCC Class B radiated and...

Products : Electronics & Computers
LED Mounting Spacers

Keystone Electronics (Astoria, NY) has introduced a series of self-retaining, T-1 LED mounting spacers designed to assure uniform and perpendicular LED positioning. The spacers feature internal retention “teeth” that secure spacers onto LED leads, prior to assembly on PCBs. The design also eliminates the possibility of...

Products : Electronics & Computers
Wireless Power Generation

Thermobility™ power generation technology from Nextreme Thermal Solutions (Durham, NC) uses heat as a source of electricity for low-power wireless applications. Solid-state thin-film thermoelectric technology is used to convert heat into electricity for a variety of self-contained, autonomous systems. This solution...

Features : Electronics & Computers
Braille Displays Get New Life With Artificial Muscles

Research with tiny artificial muscles may yield a full-page active Braille system that can refresh automatically and come to life right beneath your fingertips.

Products : Electronics & Computers
Ultra-Miniature Converters

EMCO High Voltage Corporation (Sutter Creek, CA) has introduced the A Series of ultra-miniature, DC to HV DC converters that occupy less than one-tenth of a cubic inch of volume, and an extremely low profile of 0.250 inches (6.35 mm). Controllable output voltages range from 100 volts to 6000 volts. These...

Products : Electronics & Computers
Ergonomic Connectors

LEMO USA (Rohnert Park, CA) has introduced the REDEL® XP Connector Series, designed using a plastic material that is resistant to sterilization. The latching system is embedded in the shell for increased impact resistance with a high contact density for medical applications, ranging from catheters to surgical instruments....

Products : Medical
Ultrasound Imaging Chipset

The MD1715 and TC8020 ultrasound driver chipset from Supertex (Sunnyvale, CA) generates a five level waveform for high-resolution imaging in medical ultrasound applications. The MD1715 is a two-channel logic controller circuit with 12 low impedance, high speed, MOSFET gate drivers. It has two sets of control logic...

Products : Electronics & Computers
Compact Power Supplies

Protek Power (Hudson, MA) has introduced the PM202 and PU202 Series AC/DC power supplies, which offer 200 watts of performance for a variety of applications ranging from patient vicinity medical devices to laboratory equipment. The power supplies accept a 90-264VAC universal input. Single output models have voltages...

Features : Electronics & Computers
System Uses Electrical Trickery on the Brain to Induce Realistic Spaceflight Effects

What does it feel like to return to Earth after a long stay in space? Until now, it has been difficult during astronaut training to realistically simulate the dizzying effects the human body can experience.

Briefs : Electronics & Computers
Design Considerations for Battery Connectors
Design Considerations for Battery Connectors

The future of batteries, like that of so many medical devices they power, is clearly toward smaller, lighter, and more powerful models. Developing concurrently with these new battery designs are...

Design Considerations for Battery Connectors
Products : Electronics & Computers
Switching Regulators

Mornsun America (Hudson, MA) has introduced the K78xx-2000 Series of three terminal switching regulators that are suitable for linear regulators. The series offers input ranges spanning 4.75VDC to 18VDC, with positive or negative outputs of 2.5VDC, 3.3VDC, 5VDC, and 6.5VDC. An output rating of up to 2A allows for up to 13W...

Products : Electronics & Computers
Multilayer Ceramic Capacitor Arrays

AVX Corporation (Greenville, SC) offers multilayer ceramic capacitor (MLCC) arrays in 0405 and 0508 packages and four-element arrays in 0508 and 0612 packages with capacitance values ranging from 1 pf to 2.2 uf and voltages of 6.3 V to 100 V. The switched capacitor voltage doubling inverters are available in...

Products : Electronics & Computers
Miniature, Metric PCB Screw Terminals

A new miniature, screw terminal type binding post from Keystone Electronics (Astoria, NY) is suitable for 22-15 AQG wire and used in high-density PCB packaging. Rated at 15 Amps, the posts feature compact, low-profile design and are made of tin plated brass and zinc plated screws. The binding posts are...

Products : Electronics & Computers
Electronics Enclosures

Bud Industries (Willoughby, OH) offers electronics enclosures for medical electronics applications, including cabinet racks, NEMA boxes, plastic enclosures, server racks, and other rack equipment. The enclosures are made of stainless steel, plastic, aluminum, and powder-coated metals resistant to most common chemicals used...

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