Electronic Components
Crimp Terminal
Posted in Electronic Components, Rehabilitation & Physical Therapy, Patient Monitoring, Products, MDB on Sunday, 01 July 2012
Molex Incorporated (Lisle, IL) has introduced the Mini-Fit® Plus HMC (High Mating Cycle) crimp terminals, suitable for medical equipment manufacturers developing commercially available products such as patient monitors, diagnostic imaging devices, therapeutic machines, and patient handling equipment. They are rated up to 1,500 mating cycles and capable of up to 13.0A per circuit. The Mini-Fit HMC is available in wire-to-wire and wire-to-board configurations and offered in three wire gauge sizes, 16 AWG, 18 to 20 AWG, and 22 to 24 AWG. The terminals can be used with existing Mini-Fit receptacle and plug housings and with existing Mini-Fit and Mini-Fit Plus HCS headers.
Coaxial Nanocable Could Aid in Energy Storage
Posted in Batteries, Electronic Components, Energy Storage, Energy Efficiency, News on Friday, 08 June 2012
Researchers at Rice University have created a coaxial cable that is about a thousand times smaller than a human hair and has higher capacitance than previously reported microcapacitors. The nanocable was produced with techniques pioneered in the burgeoning graphene research field and could be used to build next-generation energy-storage systems.
Functional Electrical Stimulation Technique May Improve Neural Implants
Posted in Bio-Medical, Electronic Components, Rehabilitation & Physical Therapy, Implants & Prosthetics, Medical, Briefs, MDB on Friday, 01 June 2012

Researchers improve the efficiency of devices that stimulate damaged nerves, reducing potential side effects.

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.
Memory Device
Posted in Electronic Components, Products, MDB on Tuesday, 01 May 2012
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 disposables by tracking usage information on the memory token's non-volatile memory. The memory token contains four kilobits of non-volatile, reprogrammable memory, functions similarly to an EEPROM device, and uses an SPI serial interface for communications.
Imaging Solutions
Posted in Electronic Components, Imaging, Products, MDB on Tuesday, 01 May 2012
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 geometry, high-voltage, high-power, and fluid-sealing needs.
Selecting Magnetic Reed Switches for Medical Devices
Posted in Bio-Medical, Electronic Components, Sensors, Implants & Prosthetics, Diagnostics, Briefs, MDB on Thursday, 01 March 2012

The durability and miniaturization of this technology allows for increased patient comfort in pill-cam and hearing-aid applications.

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 many others like them — can be reduced in size, their components must be made smaller. Magnetic reed switches are increasingly being used to enable manufacturers to reduce their footprint while maintaining tight sensitivities and performance characteristics.
Fully Printed Carbon Nanotube Transistor Circuits for Displays
Posted in Electronic Components, Materials, Lighting, OLEDs, News on Tuesday, 13 December 2011
Organic light-emitting diode (OLED)-based displays are used in cell phones, digital cameras, and other portable devices. But developing a lower-cost method for mass-producing such displays has been complicated by the difficulties of incorporating thin-film transistors that use amorphous silicon and polysilicon into the production process.

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