Electronic Components
Tips for Selecting Insulating Materials for Medical Electronics
Posted in Manufacturing & Prototyping, Custom & Contract Manufacturing, Electronics, Electronic Components, Thermal Management, Medical, Features, MDB on Thursday, 01 August 2013
Insulating and jacketing material options for wire and cable are innumerable, even if the field is narrowed to those with some qualification for use in medical electronics. Material selection for medical electronics is a complicated decision that begins with defining “qualification” and “medical”. Device manufacturers rely on a combination of inhouse experiences, cable suppliers, testing laboratories, consulting services, standards, guidance documents, and other publications. Their requirements for new devices may be defined strictly by the FDA, or may further incorporate application, market, or manufacturer preferences. For example, there are a great number of materials that will meet FDA requirements for surface contact patient monitoring cable materials, but a flexible and highly durable, silky-textured, cost competitive material may be preferred by the user. A specification may also call for a higher level of biocompatibility than is strictly required by the FDA. This may be the result of existing qualifications obtained with those materials, or it may be an over-specification that should be explored.
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NEW CATALOG M60.2
Posted in Manufacturing & Prototyping, Custom & Contract Manufacturing, Electronics, Electronic Components, Medical, Products, MDB on Monday, 01 July 2013
Keystone Electronics Corp., Astoria, NY, has released the 2nd edition of its full line catalog of interconnect components and electronic hard ware featuring more than 5,000 quality products within easy-to-locate product categories. It is illustrated with detailed drawings, specifications, and product photographs in both Imperial and Metric dimensions.

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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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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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