Electronic Components
Electronics Thin Enough to Wrap Around Single Hair
Posted in Electronic Components, Electronics, Implants & Prosthetics, Medical, Patient Monitoring, Diagnostics, News, MDB on Friday, 10 January 2014
Researchers at ETH Zurich, Switzerland, a leading technology university, say they have developed electronic components that are so thin and flexible they can even be wrapped around a single hair without damaging the electronics. This may open up new possibilities for ultra-thin, transparent sensors, including to create smart contact lenses, which could be used to measure intraocular pressure to test for glaucoma, among other uses. The new thin-film transistors adhere to a wide range of surfaces and adapt perfectly, they say.
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2D Materials for Printable Electronics
Posted in Electronic Components, Electronics, Photonics, Medical, News, MDB on Tuesday, 07 January 2014
A team of scientists from the National University of Singapore has successfully developed a method to chemically exfoliate molybdenum disulfide crystals into high quality monolayer flakes, with a higher yield and larger flake size than current methods. These flakes can then be made into a printable solution, which can be applied in printable photonics and electronics.
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Electronic Bodysuit Could Treat Neurologically Impaired
Posted in Electronic Components, Electronics, Rehabilitation & Physical Therapy, Medical, Drug Delivery & Fluid Handling, Features, MDB on Wednesday, 01 January 2014
Aspecially-designed elastic bodysuit covered with electrodes, which was designed at Stockholm’s KTH Royal Institute of Technology, in collaboration with health care and business partners, could be used to help those suffering with brain damage or neurological disorders, such as multiple sclerosis or Parkinson’s disease.
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Medical Device Components 2.0: The Trend Towards a Healthier, PVC-Free Alternative
Posted in Electronic Components, Electronics, Materials, Coatings & Adhesives, Composites, Metals, Plastics, FDA Compliance/Regulatory Affairs, Medical, Features, MDB on Wednesday, 01 January 2014
We’ve all learned in Wire & Cable 101 that poly(vinyl chloride) (PVC) reigns supreme for its low cost, high temperature ranges, and multipurpose capabilities. PVC can be easily manipulated using various additives which contain halogens and phthalates to enhance certain properties like flame resistance, temperature performance, or flexibility. However, when choosing wire and cable components for medical devices, is it time for manufacturers to pick up a new textbook that takes into account the various negative consequences of PVC?
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Managing Risk in Medical Connectors
Posted in Electronic Components, Electronics, FDA Compliance/Regulatory Affairs, Medical, Features, MDB on Wednesday, 01 January 2014
Every day, medical device manufacturers are getting better and better at managing risk. They know they have to. Changes have been introduced into international regulatory schemes that impact device design all the way down to the component level. Perhaps the most fundamental and wide-ranging of these has been the emergence and adoption of formal risk management methodologies as an integral part of the regulatory process.
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Battery Gas Gauge
Posted in Batteries, Electronic Components, Electronics, Power Management, Manufacturing & Prototyping, Medical, Products, MDB on Wednesday, 01 January 2014
Linear Technology Corpora tion, Milpitas, CA, announces the LTC2943 multicell battery gas gauge, which makes direct measurements of 3.6V to 20V battery stacks. The LTC2943 is a true high voltage gas gauge that measures charge, voltage, current, and temperature to within 1% accuracy. It is best suited for professional power tools and portable medical equipment.
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AE425PJB Series of Power Inductors
Posted in Electronic Components, Power Supplies, Electronics, Power Management, Manufacturing & Prototyping, Medical, Products, MDB on Wednesday, 01 January 2014
Coilcraft CPS, Cary, IL, has released its new AE425PJB Series of low-profile power inductors that are just 1.8mm high with a footprint of 3.9mm square. It features a special suspended core construction, making it ideal for handheld medical device applications. The AE425PJB also features tin-lead (Sn-Pb) termination for the best possible board adhesion.
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