Electronics

Electronic Bodysuit Could Treat Neurologically Impaired

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.

Posted in: Features, MDB, Electronic Components, Electronics, Drug Delivery & Fluid Handling, Medical, Rehabilitation & Physical Therapy

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Medical Device Components 2.0: The Trend Towards a Healthier, PVC-Free Alternative

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?

Posted in: Features, MDB, Electronic Components, Electronics, Coatings & Adhesives, Composites, Materials, Metals, Plastics, FDA Compliance/Regulatory Affairs, Medical

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Managing Risk in Medical Connectors

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.

Posted in: Features, MDB, Electronic Components, Electronics, FDA Compliance/Regulatory Affairs, Medical

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Battery Gas Gauge

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.

Posted in: MDB, Products, Batteries, Electronic Components, Electronics, Power Management, Manufacturing & Prototyping, Medical

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AE425PJB Series of Power Inductors

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.

Posted in: MDB, Products, Electronic Components, Electronics, Power Management, Power Supplies, Manufacturing & Prototyping, Medical

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MELF Resistor Series

Stackpole Electronics Inc., Raleigh, NC, announces that its surface mount metal film MELFs, the MLF and MLFM Series offers cooler operating temperatures at full rated power. The cylindrical shape provides a termination that is far more thermally efficient than comparable size flat chip resistors. They are ideally suited for medical instrumentation, monitoring, and test equipment.

Posted in: MDB, Products, Board-Level Electronics, Electronic Components, Electronics, Thermal Management, Manufacturing & Prototyping, Medical

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Square Gas Discharge Tube

Littelfuse, Inc., Chicago, IL, annnounces the SE Series of Gas Discharge Tube (GDT) devices in a miniature EIA 1206 package, making it the smallest GDT device on the market. The ultra-low capacitance helps ensure high transmission speeds, and their excellent stability in multiple pulse duty cycles helps designers boost reliability to protect against overvoltage surge.

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