Electronics
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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Elastic Electronics Grows Own Wires
Posted in Electronics, Implants & Prosthetics, Medical, Nanotechnology, News, MDB on Monday, 29 July 2013
A team of engineers at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, found that networks of spherical nanoparticles embedded in elastic materials could make the best stretchy conductors. Flexible electronics have a wide variety of possibilities, they say, from bendable displays and batteries to medical implants that move with the body.
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Building 3D Structures with Liquid Metal
Posted in Electronics, Medical, News, MDB on Wednesday, 10 July 2013
Scientists at North Carolina State University, Raleigh, developed a 3D printing technology to create free-standing structures made out of liquid metal at room temperature. They discovered that a liquid metal alloy of gallium and indium reacts to the oxygen in the air at room temperature to form a “skin” that allows the structures to retain their shapes, they said.
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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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Mercury-Free Nickel Zinc Batteries
Posted in Manufacturing & Prototyping, Electronics, Batteries, Power Supplies, Medical, Products, MDB on Monday, 01 July 2013
VARTA Microbattery, White Plains, NY, announces new mercury-free primary Nickel Zinc (NiOOH) Battery Systems. VARTA Microbattery's nickel zinc cells are developed as an ideal cost-effective and highly reliable substitute to conventional primary silver oxide but ton cells and are manufactured with high quality raw materials , unparalleled leakage protection, size, shape, and quality standards equivalent to VARTA Micro-battery’s popular mercury-free primary silver oxide system.
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