Electronics
Step-Down Micromodule Regulator
Posted in Products, Manufacturing & Prototyping, Electronics, Electronic Components, Power Supplies, Power Management, Medical, MDB on Friday, 01 November 2013
Linear Technology, Milpitas, CA, launches the LTM4624, a 14V, 4A step-down micromodule regulator in a 6.25 × 6.25 × 5.01mm BGA package which fits within 1cm2 on a singlesided PCB or 0.5cm2 double-sided. The LTM4624 includes the DC/DC controller, power switches, inductor, and compensation in a single package, and operates from a 4V to 14V input supply.
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Digital Circuit Pressure Transducer
Posted in Products, Manufacturing & Prototyping, Electronics, Electronic Components, Transducers, Medical, MDB on Friday, 01 November 2013
Transducers Direct, Cincinnati, OH, announces its new TD2000 ultra precision accuracy 0.05% BFSL digital pressure transducer, which is ideal for use in applications where precision measurements are critical, such as laboratories, instrumentation equipment, and test/analysis applications. Its digital circuit technology utilizes redundant sensing elements that keep the sensor fully functioning should one element fail.
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GWS500 Series Power Supplies
Posted in Products, Manufacturing & Prototyping, Electronics, Power Supplies, Power Management, Medical, MDB on Friday, 01 November 2013
TDK-Lambda, San Diego, CA, extends its GWS500 series power supplies with the addition of two low output voltage models. Combining high efficiency, high power density, and low standby power characteristics, the 5V 80A and 7.5V 67A models feature a 4.1 × 8.6" footprint and 1.6" height, and include overvoltage, overtemperature and overcurrent protections.
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Silicone Encapsulant and Potting Material
Posted in Products, Manufacturing & Prototyping, Materials / Adhesives / Coatings, Electronics, Materials, Coatings & Adhesives, Plastics, Medical on Friday, 01 November 2013
NuSil Technology LLC, Carpinteria, CA, unveils R-2614, a transparent, flowable silicone encapsulant and potting material uniquely designed for easy processing and long-term reliability. As a liquid silicone elastomer, R-2614 answers the need for clear yet maximum protection of electronic systems, and offers an adjustable, temperature-controlled cure schedule and low viscosity.
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Wireless Foot Controls
Posted in Products, Manufacturing & Prototyping, Custom & Contract Manufacturing, Electronics, Automation & Controls, Electronic Components, Motion Control, Medical, MDB on Friday, 01 November 2013
Steute Meditech, Inc., Ridgefield, CT, announces its medical-grade, fully-compliant, wireless foot controls. Each customized unit features proprietary technology to achieve safe, interference-free performance. Operating in the ISM 2.4 GHz band, the technology continuously monitors the integrity of the bi-directional transmission path and ensures discrete device compatibility. A floor sensor protects against inadvertent operation.
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Product of the Month: First Inductance-to-Digital Converter
Posted in Products, Manufacturing & Prototyping, Electronics, Electronic Components, Power Management, Medical, MDB on Friday, 01 November 2013
Texas Instruments, Dallas, TX, unveiled the industry’s first inductance-to-digital converter (LDC), a new data converter category that uses coils and springs as inductive sensors to deliver higher resolution, increased reliability, and greater flexibility than existing sensing solutions at a lower system cost. Inductive sensing is a contactless sensing technology that can be used to measure the position, motion, or composition of a metal or conductive target, as well as detect the compression, extension, or twist of a spring. Applications for inductive sensing range from simple push buttons, knobs, and on/off switches to high-resolution heart rate monitors, flow meters, and high-speed motor/gear controllers.
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Electron Beam Writer Enables Microfabrication
Posted in Bio-Medical, Electronics, Implants & Prosthetics, Biosensors, Optics/Photonics, Electronics & Computers, Medical, Patient Monitoring, Semiconductors & ICs, Briefs, MDB on Tuesday, 01 October 2013

Integrated electronics could activate prosthetics.

The new electron beam writer housed in the cleanroom facility at the Qualcomm Institute, previously the UCSD division of the California Institute of Telecommunications and Information Technology, is important for two major areas of research by Shadi Dayeh, PhD, an electrical and computer engineering professor. He is developing next-generation, nanoscale transistors for integrated electronics. At the same time, he is working to develop neural probes that can extract electrical signals from brain cells and transmit the information to a prosthetic device or computer. To achieve this level of signal extraction or manipulation requires tiny sensors spaced very closely together for the highest resolution and signal acquisition. Enter the new electron beam writer. (See Figure 1)
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