Board-Level Electronics
A New Alloy for Medical Electronics Applications
Posted in Manufacturing & Prototyping, Electronics, Electronic Components, Board-Level Electronics, Medical, Features, MDB on Sunday, 01 September 2013
History Although the deadline for RoHS compliance for medical device manufacturers is nearly a year away (July 22, 2014), there is more than ten years of testing and in-service data that can be used to ensure a smooth transition to lead-free medical devices and equipment.
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Product of the Month: BL600 BLUETOOTH MODULES FOR DEVICES
Posted in Manufacturing & Prototyping, Electronics, Electronic Components, Board-Level Electronics, Medical, Communications, Wireless, Data Acquisition, Products, MDB on Monday, 01 July 2013
Laird Technologies, Inc., Earth City, MO, BL600 modules make it easy to add single-mode Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE), or Bluetooth Smart™, to small, portable, power-conscious devices, including those powered by AAA or coin cell batteries. The fully approved, programmable modules feature Laird’s smartBASIC programming interface, which encapsulates the process of reading, writing, and processing of sensor data and then using BLE to transfer it to any Bluetooth v4.0 device, accelerating initial development, creation of prototypes, and mass production.
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EP13 Plus DC/DC Transformer Platform
Posted in Electronics, Electronic Components, Board-Level Electronics, Power Management, Medical, Products, MDB on Monday, 01 July 2013
Pulse Electronics Corporation, San Diego, CA, announces its new EP13 Plus platform that delivers 25% more power handling capability than the industry standard EP13 platform in the same PCB footprint. This catalog series of 12 isolation transformers is designed for multiple input voltage ranges (9 to 57v and 33 to 57v) and can provide six different output voltage combinations from 3.3v to 24v.
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Eight Things to Look for in a Medical Device EMS Provider
Posted in Manufacturing & Prototyping, Custom & Contract Manufacturing, Electronics, Electronic Components, Board-Level Electronics, Medical, Features, MDB on Wednesday, 01 May 2013
Today’s medical device OEMs live in an age of abundance: both abundant options and abundant regulatory requirements. With so many options and so many restrictions, it can be very difficult to select the right contract manufacturer (CM) or electronics manufacturing services (EMS) provider. So many factors come into play. What are their testing services? Do they have clean room capabilities? How do our corporate cultures mix? Will this be a long-lasting or one-time relationship? Could they help me with miniaturization?
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New Digital Position Sensor
Posted in Manufacturing & Prototyping, Electronics, Electronic Components, Board-Level Electronics, Computers, Sensors, Medical, Products, MDB on Wednesday, 01 May 2013
Measurement Specialties, Hampton, VA, a global manufacturer in sensorbased measuring of pressure/force, position, vibration, temperature, humidity and fluid properties, has released the KMA36, a digital position sensor for precise rotational and incremental measurement of magnetic field fluctuations. The KMA36 is a system-on-chip that features an integrated analog-to-digital converter and signal processing capabilities, making it useful in laboratory research and medical equipment.
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High Performance QFP Socket
Posted in Manufacturing & Prototyping, Electronics, Electronic Components, Board-Level Electronics, Medical, Products, MDB on Wednesday, 01 May 2013
Ironwood Electronics, Eagan, MN, introduced a new high performance QFP socket for 0.4mm pitch 128 pin QFP. The SG-QFE- 7011 socket is designed for 14mm x 14mm x 1.6mm package size with 16mm x 16mm lead tip to tip and operates at bandwidths up to 10 GHz with less than 1dB of insertion loss. The socket connects all pins with 10 GHz bandwidth on all connections, and is mounted on the target PCB with no soldering.
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Scaling Up Production of Graphene Micro-Supercapacitors
Posted in Batteries, Electronic Components, Board-Level Electronics, Power Supplies, Electronics, Power Management, Medical, News, MDB on Tuesday, 12 March 2013
The demand for ever-smaller electronic devices has led to the miniaturization of a variety of technologies, but energy-storage units, such as batteries and capacitors, have lagged behind. Now, researchers at UCLA say that they have developed an innovative technique using a DVD burner to fabricate micro-scale graphene-based supercapacitors, which can charge and discharge a hundred to a thousand times faster than standard batteries. These micro-supercapacitors, made from a one-atom–thick layer of graphitic carbon, can be easily manufactured and readily integrated into small devices such as next-generation pacemakers, they say.

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