Electronics
Square Gas Discharge Tube
Posted in Electronic Components, Electronics, Manufacturing & Prototyping, Medical, Products, MDB on Wednesday, 01 January 2014
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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First NC/NO Tactile Pushbutton Switches
Posted in Electronic Components, Electronics, Medical, Products, MDB on Wednesday, 01 January 2014
MEC, an APEM Inc. company, Vista, CA, is launching its Multimec® 5 Series NC/NO switches, the market’s first NC/NO tactile pushbutton switch, to simplify design, increase functionality, and enhance safety features in their products. The switches offer NC (make), NO (break) and NC/NO (switch over, multifunction) functionalities, especially for use in medical applications.
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Novel Biological Sources for Implantable Battery Materials
Posted in Batteries, Electronics, Medical, News, MDB on Monday, 23 December 2013
Where will the next source of electrode materials for batteries to power edible medical devices come from? Would you believe, from marine cuttlefish? Researchers at Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, PA, say that melanin pigments in cuttlefish ink provides the perfect chemistry and nanostructure to power tiny electronic devices that can be either ingested or implanted into the body for applications ranging from biosensing to drug delivery.
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Transistor for High-Performance Devices at Low Voltage
Posted in Electronic Components, Power Supplies, Thermal Management, Electronics, Power Management, Implants & Prosthetics, Medical, Patient Monitoring, News, MDB on Tuesday, 17 December 2013
A team of scientists at Penn State, University Park, PA, say that a new type of transistor could make fast, low-power computing devices possible for energy-constrained applications such as implantable medical electronics, smart sensor networks, and ultra-mobile computing. Called a near broken-gap tunnel field effect transistor (TFET), the new device uses the quantum mechanical tunneling of electrons through an ultrathin energy barrier to provide high current at low voltage.
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Product of the Month: Medical Grade Tantalum Capacitors
Posted in Manufacturing & Prototyping, Electronics, Electronic Components, Medical, Products, MDB on Sunday, 01 December 2013
AVX Corporation, Greenville, SC, introduces the TAZ HRC5000 Medical Grade Tantalum Series. Designed for use in implantable medical devices, the new high-reliability, medical-grade tantalum capacitor series is rated for 4V to 50V and -55ºC to +125ºC, has a capacitance range of 0.1μF to 330μF, and features extremely low DC leakage limits well below typical industry values. Available in case sizes ranging from A-H, the TAZ HRC5000 Series capacitors are some of the smallest tantalum chip capacitors currently on the market.
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Scientists Invent Self-healing Battery Electrode
Posted in Batteries, Electronics, Materials, Coatings & Adhesives, Medical, Test & Measurement, News, MDB on Thursday, 28 November 2013
A team of researchers from Stanford University and the Department of Energy’s (DOE) SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory have made the first battery electrode that heals itself, opening a new and potentially commercially viable path for making the next generation of lithium ion batteries.
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Robotics Technology Advances Artificial Legs
Posted in Electronics, Motion Control, Motors & Drives, Sensors, Surgical Robotics/Instruments, Medical, Orthopedics, News, MDB on Wednesday, 20 November 2013
Recent advances in robotics technology enables prosthetics that can dramatically improve the mobility of lower-limb amputees, allowing them to negotiate stairs and slopes and uneven ground, and significantly reducing their risk of falling, say a team of engineers at Vanderbilt University’s Center for Intelligent Mechatronics, Nashville, TN.
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