Electronic Components
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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Surge-Gard™ InRush NTC Thermistors
Posted in Electronics, Electronic Components, Medical, Products, MDB on Monday, 01 July 2013
API Technologies Corp., Orlando, FL, announces its latest NTC thermistors, Surge-Gard™ inrush current limiting devices, which help reduce circuit failures and lower rectifier costs by reducing required peak forward surge current ratings. Featuring steady state current ratings ranging from 1 to 36 amps, they offer maximum current protection when the power supply is turned on.
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New Class of Transparent, Stretchable Electrodes Created
Posted in Electronic Components, Electronics, Medical, Patient Monitoring, News, MDB on Friday, 07 June 2013
Ulsan National Institute of Science & Technology (UNIST), South Korea, has created contact lenses fitted with inorganic light-emitting diode, and tested them on a live rabbit with no side effects. This new class of hybrid transparent and stretchable electrodes, they say, could pave the way for flexible displays, solar cells, and wearable electronics.

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Key Considerations for Integrating Wireless Technology in Medical Devices
Posted in Bio-Medical, Manufacturing & Prototyping, Electronics, Electronic Components, Medical, Briefs, MDB on Saturday, 01 June 2013

Significant opportunities exist to incorporate wireless technology into medical devices.

Wireless technology increases the effectiveness of countless every day functions. While some simply are about the convenience factor, like being able to quickly transmit patient records from one hospital to another via email, others have the power to be lifesaving. Medical device manufacturers know that there is significant opportunity to incorporate wireless technology into medical devices. However, design engineers who are extremely knowledgeable about the design of medical devices face a number of challenges in marrying off-the-shelf wireless chipsets with proprietary medical devices in development.
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Reverse-Engineering Design Corrects Performance Failures in Laser Flow Cytometers
Posted in Manufacturing & Prototyping, Custom & Contract Manufacturing, Monitoring & Testing, Electronics, Electronic Components, Medical, Features, MDB on Saturday, 01 June 2013
With numerous developments in medical equipment and software, physicians no longer have to wait three to five days for lab results for accurate and timely blood analysis. Now, specifically designed compact laser flow cytometers (blood analyzers) can conveniently sit on a countertop in the physician’s office and analyze blood samples in fewer than 15 minutes. This technology breakthrough has become the new standard for providing on-site, real time feedback for critical blood analysis.
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Creating Cathodes for Air-Breathing Biobatteries
Posted in Electronics, Batteries, Electronic Components, Power Supplies, Medical, Features, MDB on Wednesday, 01 May 2013
Devices that support various functions of our bodies are being used increasingly. Today, they include cardiac pacemakers or hearing aids. Tomorrow, they may be contact lenses with automatically changing focal length or computer-controlled displays generating images directly in the eye. But, none of these devices will work if not coupled to an efficient and long-lasting power supply source. Researchers from the Institute of Physical Chemistry of the Polish Academy of Sciences (IPC PAS) in Warsaw say that the best solution seems to be miniaturized biofuel cells that consume substances naturally occurring in the human body or in its immediate surroundings.
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