Electronic Components
A New Alloy for Medical Electronics Applications
Posted in Manufacturing & Prototyping, Electronics, Electronic Components, Board-Level Electronics, Medical, Features, MDB on Sunday, 01 September 2013
History Although the deadline for RoHS compliance for medical device manufacturers is nearly a year away (July 22, 2014), there is more than ten years of testing and in-service data that can be used to ensure a smooth transition to lead-free medical devices and equipment.
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Silver Printed Fabric for Wearable Electronics
Posted in Electronic Components, Electronics, Medical, Patient Monitoring, News, MDB on Monday, 12 August 2013
Researchers at the National Physical Laboratory, Middlesex, UK, Electronics Interconnection group has developed a new method to produce conductive textiles. This new technique could make integrating electronics into all types of clothing simple and practical by enabling lightweight circuits to be printed directly onto complete garments.

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Guiding Nanowire Growth for Self-Integrated Circuits
Posted in Electronic Components, Electronics, Medical, Semiconductors & ICs, News, MDB on Thursday, 08 August 2013
Those scientists working with tiny components in nanoelectronics say that the nano-components are so small that arranging them with external tools is impossible. Their only solution is to create the proper conditions for them to assemble themselves. Previously, researchers had developed methods for growing semiconductor nanowires vertically on a surface, but the structures were short and disorganized. After growing, these nanowires must be "harvested" and aligned horizontally so that they can be integrated into electric circuits.
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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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