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Researchers at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign have created thin, flexible electronic devices that efficiently harvest the mechanical energy from natural motions of the human body. In addition to advances in materials processing to enable fabrication of these thin film devices, accurate analytical models were developed to predict electrical output of mechanical energy harvesting devices as a function of key design parameters and materials properties.

Posted in: MDB, News, Electronic Components, Electronics, Power Supplies, Coatings & Adhesives, Composites, Materials, Metals, Plastics, Implants & Prosthetics, Medical

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Fundamentals of Heat Pipes: Theory, Design Applications

With increased power requirements and reducing packaging size, thermal management is critical for to ensure optimum performance of key electronics in military, medical and other commercial applications. Heat Pipes, which are ‘super conductors’ of heat, are now being more frequently utilized to solve these challenging heat issues. Although heat pipes have been around for decades, many new applications for them continue to emerge.

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New Fabrication Technique Prints Silicon on Paper

Using a single laser pulse, a group of researchers at Delft University of Technology in The Netherlands has devised a method that allows silicon, in the polycrystalline form used in circuitry, to be produced directly on a paper substrate from liquid silicon ink. The process can be expanded to create biomedical sensors and stretchable electronics.

Posted in: MDB, News, Electronics, Diagnostics, Medical, Patient Monitoring, Lasers & Laser Systems, Sensors

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External Power Supply Efficiency Regulation Introduction

Presently Energy Efficiency Level V is mandatory in Canada and throughout Europe. In February 2016 Energy Efficiency Level VI will become mandatory in the United States. Attached are the details of the pending change, but in brief, both the standby power draw and efficiency of the operating power supplies must meet minimum levels set in the standard. MEGA is in the process of updating our product line to comply with the coming changes.

Posted in: White Papers, Electronics, Electronics & Computers

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Reducing Interconnection Weight in Autosports

In Formula 1 and other autosports, weight reduction is critical to competitive advantage. A few grams saved here and a few more saved there can add up to significant savings. There is also a move toward high-density packaging of electronics parts. As the electronics content of cars increases, the natural drive is to miniaturize the package to gain maximum efficiency in the use of space.

Posted in: Articles, Electronic Components, Electronics, Composites, Fiber Optics

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Magnetic Fluids Deliver Better Speaker Sound Quality

NASA’s liquid magnetization technology helps Sony increase sound amplitude while reducing distortion. In the early 1960s, NASA scientists were trying to move fuel into an engine without the benefit of gravity. A scientist at Lewis Research Center (now Glenn Research Center) came up with the idea to magnetize the liquid with extremely fine particles of iron oxide. That way, fuel could be drawn into the engine using magnetic force.

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Thermal Management Solutions for Medical Electronics

Electronic devices used in the medical industry have thermal management needs similar to those in other fields. Their electronics must stay cool enough to run continuously and correctly within their operating temperature range. Sound thermal management allows excess heat to be efficiently moved, spread, and dissipated. The result is improved system reliability and service life while, in many cases, it also helps designers reduce device package size, weight, energy consumption, and noise.

Posted in: Features, MDB, Electronics, Electronics & Computers, Thermal Management, Medical

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