Electronic Components
Panel-Mounted Latching Connectors
Posted in Electronic Components, Products, MDB on Sunday, 01 July 2012
Omnetics Connector Corporation (Minneapolis, MN) offers Latching Micro- D™ connectors with a new squeeze-latch system suitable for making quick cable connections to rack and panel equipment. In addition to being small and lightweight, the connectors, at .050" pitch, have passed extensive shock and vibration testing, including pull tests exceeding 100 pound pull force. The design eliminates the use of screwdrivers and hand tools. Medical devices, such as surgery tools, ultrasound monitors, and optical scopes require frequent connection and removal from instrument panels. These panel-mount connectors offer options for connecting inside the instrument, including P.C. board lead frames and direct wiring. Highly rugged and compact designs using aluminum alloy 6061 shells with nickel plating offer contact counts from 9 to 51 positions. Operating temperature ranges from -55 to 125 °C.
Solar Midget Fuse Holders
Posted in Electronic Components, Products, MDB on Sunday, 01 July 2012
Keystone Electronics (Astoria, NY) has broadened its selection of PCB & SMT Mounted Fuse Holders to include a series intended specifically for photovoltaic systems. The new fuse holders are designed to accommodate the Midget Fuses (10x38 mm), 5AG in the SPF Solar Protection Fuse series. The Midget Holders feature UL 94-V-0 Nylon bodies with tin-plated, brass contacts enabling low contact resistance and superior durability.
Triaxial Connectors
Posted in Electronic Components, Diagnostics, Products, MDB on Sunday, 01 July 2012
Intelliconnect USA (Crossville, TN) now offers an extended range of high-reliability Triaxial connectors to include various adaptors and bulkhead mount jacks for several different cable types. Two new families are now available: the TRB series bayonet connectors and the TRT series featuring a threaded coupling sleeve. Key features include low noise, isolated ground and non-constant impedance. The connectors are suitable for high or low volume applications and feature a high integrity clamp construction. They are weatherproof and adapt to both Twinax and Triax cable types.
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.