Power Management
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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Heart Pump with Behind-the-Ear Power Connector
Posted in Bio-Medical, Drug Delivery & Dispensing, Electronics, Implants & Prosthetics, Electronic Components, Power Supplies, Power Management, Power Transmission, Fluid Handling, Medical, Patient Monitoring, Briefs, MDB on Tuesday, 01 October 2013

One-third of patients with heart pumps develop infection at abdominal connection.

Cardiac surgeons and cardiologists at the University of Maryland Heart Center are part of a multi-center clinical trial evaluating the efficacy of powering heart pumps through a skull-based connector behind the ear. The pumps, called left ventricular assist devices (LVADs), support the heart’s main pumping chamber, the left ventricle. LVADs are implanted in the chest and powered with external batteries. Typically, these devices, which are used for patients with severe heart failure, are powered through an electrical cord connected at the abdomen, where potentially deadly infections can develop.
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Robotic Exoskeleton Vastly Improves Quality of Life
Posted in Rehabilitation & Physical Therapy, Implants & Prosthetics, Biosensors, Mechanical Components, Power Supplies, Electronics, Power Management, Manufacturing & Prototyping, Motion Control, Motors & Drives, Power Transmission, Positioning Equipment, Medical, Orthopedics, Articles, Features, MDB on Tuesday, 01 October 2013
Worldwide an estimated 185 million people use a wheelchair daily. A company based in Auckland, New Zealand, has developed an innovative robotic technology that helps people with mobility impairment get back on their feet— the Rex Bionics robotic exoskeleton. Its integrated maxon motors help to ensure smooth limb movement.
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Circuit Protection Critical to Safeguarding Both Medical Devices and Patients’ Health
Posted in Manufacturing & Prototyping, Custom & Contract Manufacturing, Electronics, Electronic Components, Board-Level Electronics, Thermal Management, Power Management, Medical, Features, MDB on Sunday, 01 September 2013
Agrowing array of electronic devices are available to healthcare providers, patients, and their families, including glucose meters, blood pressure monitors, automated external defibrillators (AEDs), and many others. To ensure safe, reliable performance of these devices, their designers must factor in circuit protection requirements from the earliest stages of the circuit design process. For example, a seemingly minor electrostatic discharge could easily render a portable medical device useless if it’s not properly protected, exposing the patient to the danger of misleading (or no) readings and the device’s manufacturer to legal liability if inaccurate results lead to improper treatment.
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EP13 Plus DC/DC Transformer Platform
Posted in Electronics, Electronic Components, Board-Level Electronics, Power Management, Medical, Products, MDB on Monday, 01 July 2013
Pulse Electronics Corporation, San Diego, CA, announces its new EP13 Plus platform that delivers 25% more power handling capability than the industry standard EP13 platform in the same PCB footprint. This catalog series of 12 isolation transformers is designed for multiple input voltage ranges (9 to 57v and 33 to 57v) and can provide six different output voltage combinations from 3.3v to 24v.
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RIO-47300 Pocket PLC
Posted in Manufacturing & Prototyping, Electronics, Electronics & Computers, Electronic Components, Power Management, Computers, PCs/Portable Computers, Medical, Products, MDB on Wednesday, 01 May 2013
Galil Motion Control, Rocklin, CA, announced the latest product in its RIO Pocket PLC Series, the RIO- 47300, which includes more I/O, screw terminals, and two Ethernet ports, which allow management of an unlimited number of inputs and outputs without an external Ethernet switch. It allows 400 program lines, 254 variables, and 1,000 array elements.
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PMP135 Series of AC/DC Power Supplies
Posted in Manufacturing & Prototyping, Electronics, Electronic Components, Power Supplies, Power Management, Medical, Products, MDB on Wednesday, 01 May 2013
The PMP135 Series of AC/DC power supplies from PROTEK Power, Hudson, MA, offer 135 watts of performance packed design and are compliant to UL60601-1 and EN60101-1 3rd Edition medical safety standards. Units are also RoHS compliant and meet the requirements of CEC and Energy Star Level V. This Series is ideal for a variety of medical devices.
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