Medical, Healthcare & Wellness

October 2018
Murata develops world’s smallest 32.768 kHz MEMS resonator
Demand is growing for compact electronic components that consume less electrical power for use in digital devices for IoT and wearable applications where small size and long operating times are essential to market success. As many modern devices rely on accurate
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10/31/2018
Elevated Performance 2mm Pitch Industrial Connectors
Capable of withstanding a 10G vibrational force for a period of 6 hours, the components in Harwin’s new M225 connector series are intended for industrial deployment. These compact, high performance cable-to-board
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10/31/2018
Flex Power Modules boosts portfolio for RFPA applications
Following on from the recently introduced 750W PKJ4000 series, the PKB-D is a high-density converter in the industry standard eighth-brick format with an output of 50V at 5A, and an input voltage range of 36 to 60V. This makes it ideal for 50V GaN based RFPA’s
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10/31/2018

UnitedSiC expands SiC JFET portfolio with Gen-3 1200 V and 650 V options
The devices are normally-ON with zero voltage gate drive, making them particularly suited for applications such as very fast action, solid-state circuit breakers and circuit protection generally where a default to an ON-state is necessary in the absence of gate power. The devices are also commonly used in series
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10/31/2018
Three product series for safe protection against ESD
They also feature a high ESD dielectric strength with a contact discharge of up to ±30 kV. WE-TVS diodes in the three series “Standard”, “High Speed”, and “Super Speed” offer effective protection against electrostatic discharges at all protection levels.
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10/31/2018
Precision A/D Converters Simplify PLC Development
Leveraging ADI’s iPassives integrated precision passives technology, the AD4111 and AD4112 A/D converters integrate precision matched current sense resistors and resistor dividers. The high degree of channel-to-channel matching simplifies calibration requirements,
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10/31/2018
Yokogawa launches next generation Mixed Signal Oscilloscope

Yokogawa launches next generation Mixed Signal Oscilloscope

The device also offers higher precision plus an intuitive touchscreen display for enhanced ease of use and improved productivity. The DLM3000 builds on Yokogawa’s oscilloscope legacy with new features focusing on quality, flexibility and usability to increase users’ productivity and meet the advanced
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10/31/2018
Extend battery life in portable devices with ultra-low Iq LDO
With an ultra-low Iq of 250 nanoamps (nA) versus the approximate 1 uA operation of traditional devices, the MCP1811 LDO reduces quiescent current to save battery life, enabling end-users to recharge or replace batteries less often. The minimised power consumption
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10/31/2018
Medical Power Supplies from Gresham Power Electronics
Typical applications include medical instrumentation, ultrasound equipment, clinical and cosmetic lasers, hospital and home patient monitoring systems and IT equipment. The micro-footprint, Ultra High Density
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10/31/2018
Modular EV/HEV Battery Test System uses Regenerative Technology
Intepro Systems announces its advanced benchtop/rack mount Procyon Battery Test System for engineering design and production testing of high-performance electro mobility battery packs. The Procyon Battery Test System utilises Intepro’s innovative bi-directional
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10/31/2018
New Evaluation Board for Standard Oscillators
The IOSC-EV Board comes with six smaller boards that can be snapped from the side of the main board and onto which different size 4 pad packaged oscillators can be soldered. The smaller board can then be soldered to the main PCB. The six different package sizes are
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10/31/2018
85W & 120W power supplies meet global standards and approvals
The ALM85 & ALM120 use less energy in both operating and standby mode, helping to reduce environmental impact. Meeting the latest international Energy Efficiency Level VI and CoC Tier 2 standards, applicable for the US, UK and Europe, the ALM series also has
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10/30/2018
Wide Voltage Range and Small Footprint DC-DC uSLIC modules
Now engineers designing into applications in factory automation, medical, communications and consumer markets can tap into four new micro-system-level IC (“uSLIC™”) modules from Maxim Integrated Products, Inc. (NASDAQ: MXIM). The MAXM17552, MAXM15064, MAXM17900
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10/30/2018
White paper on battery technologies for safe DC UPS systems
The fail-safe availability of process-relevant systems and components begins quite fundamentally with the uninterruptible power supply (UPS) and the associated protection against power failures, flicker, fluctuations or voltage dips in the 12V or 24V DC power supply.
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10/30/2018
HARTING provides online library information for ECAD users
HARTING has been selected as the first producer to support a common interface between the CAx data providers CADENAS and Zuken E³.series. Fast and reliable access to component libraries is essential for smooth production processes and meeting time-to-market targets.
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10/30/2018
Line of Environmental Sensors Based on MEMS Technology
RIVERSIDE, Calif. -- Bourns, Inc. introduced a new line of environmental sensors based on Micro-Electro-Mechanical Systems (MEMS) technology. The initial products offered in the Bourns Precision Sensor (BPS) lineare three pressure sensor model families and one humidity sensor model family.
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10/29/2018
Wall-Mount Adaptors Include AC Plug Options
In order to fulfill low-wattage medical electronics power requirements, MEAN WELL has released the GSM06/18/25/36/60(E/U) series and continues to release the 12W high efficiency medical grade wall-mount adaptor ~ the GSM12E/U series. The GSM12E/U series includes wall-mount adaptors that come
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10/25/2018
Extend Batteries in Portable Devices with Ultra-low Iq LDO
CHANDLER, Ariz.— Portable electronic devices are now expected to run for months or even years on a single battery, making minimizing power consumption in these applications a top priority for product designers. Microchip Technology Inc. introduced a linear Low Dropout (LDO) regulator that
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10/23/2018
Medical Power Supplies Include Output Power up to 550W
Gresham Power Electronics can provide medical equipment designers and OEMs with a wide range of fully approved medical power supplies. Typical applications include medical instrumentation, ultrasound equipment, clinical and cosmetic lasers, hospital and home patient monitoring systems and IT equipment. The
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10/23/2018
RALEIGH, NC -- Stackpole Electronics Inc. has expanded its stock position for its popular HVC Series. In addition to increasing the number of resistance values available, Stackpole also offers a wide range of tolerance options as precise as 0.1% and TCR as low as 25 ppm. The HVC is a thick
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10/22/2018
New Convection-Cooled Modular Configurable Power Supplies
FORT COLLINS, Colo.—Excelsys Technologies Ltd., an Advanced Energy company, announces the upcoming release of four new modules which further expands the CoolMod offering. The CmM, CmN, CmP & CmQ are the latest modules, offering wide trim solutions in the CoolX series of convection cooled modular configurable
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10/22/2018
Revealing Limb Control in Flies -- and Maybe Robots

Two-photon image of neural tissue controlling the front legs of the fly. Neurons express fluorescent proteins to visualize neural activity (cyan) and neural anatomy (red).

One of the major goals of biology, medicine, and robotics is to understand how limbs are controlled by circuits of neurons working together. And as if that is not complex enough, a meaningful study of limb activity also has to take place while animals are behaving and moving. The problem is that it is virtually
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10/22/2018
15 & 30 Watt Encapsulated PCB-Mount Power Supplies
TRACO POWER has announced the release of their TPP 15-D and TPP 30-D series of 15 and 30 watt fully encapsulated pcb-mount power supplies. These ultra-compact models measure only 1.65 x 1.14 x 0.85” (15W) or 2.89 x 1.50 x 1.00” (30W). Compliance to the ErP directive for no load power consumption and UL 62368-1
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10/19/2018
Hudson, MA – Power Partners, Inc. announces their PDAM120 Series of 120W ac/dc power supplies that feature either Class I or Class II input configurations and are designed for use in either medical or ITE applications. The PDAM120 Series size is an industry standard 2 x 3-inch platform, available
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10/18/2018
Conduction-Cooled Capacitors Include Direct Mounting Options
Illinois Capacitor has expanded their lineup of their HC and LC Series Conduction Cooled Capacitors, to include new direct mounting options on the HC Series. These devices are a fit for resonant power circuitry, having very high current demands.  With the rugged appearance of mechanical components, they
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10/17/2018
Hirose Expands USB Type-C Connector Offering
DOWNERS GROVE, ILLINOIS -- Hirose has expanded its compact USB 3.1 Gen2 Type-C connector family with the introduction of four new versions that offer high current performance, waterproof certification and vertical orientation for enhanced design flexibility in a compact form factor. Designed
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10/17/2018
An Expanded Line of Conduction Cooled Capacitors
Illinois Capacitor has expanded their lineup of their HC and LC Series Conduction Cooled Capacitors to include new direct mounting options on the HC Series.  These devices are a fit for resonant power circuitry having very high current demands.  With the rugged appearance of mechanical components,
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10/17/2018
Slow Blow Fuse Features Higher Current Rating
Bel Fuse-Circuit Protection announces their latest surface mount slow blow chip fuses, the C1T Series, (6 Amp, 7 Amp and 8 Amp), which feature a high current rating in the small 1206 surface mount package. These fuses provide board level primary and secondary circuit protection for a wide variety of consumer
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10/16/2018
San Diego, CA — Express Logic announced that it has integrated the STMicroelectronics Software Self-Test Libraries (X-CUBE-STL) with the X-Ware IoT Platform for developers using STM32 microcontrollers based on ARM cores. X-Ware IoT Platform leverages the X-CUBE-STL to help customers
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10/10/2018
IoT Systems Need High Integration & Small Form Factor

Figure 1. 3.3V to 5V Input, Delivering 12V at up to 800mA with an External Clock

At the medium-to-low end of the power spectrum there are modest power conversion requirements such as those commonly found in “Internet of Things” (IoT) equipment, which necessitate the use of power conversion ICs that deal with modest levels of current. These are usually in the range of 100’s milliamps
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10/10/2018
Is that a Battery, is that a Capacitor? No, it’s Supercap

Figure 1. Small-cell supercapacitor with aqueous electrolyte

With capabilities including high cycle life and fast charge and discharge times, small-cell supercapacitors can oust coin-type batteries from back-up power duties in equipment ranging from IoT devices, smart meters, or medical devices, to automotive electronics and industrial computing. Typical applications
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10/10/2018
High-Performance Design for Wireless Power Transfer

Figure 1: Block Diagram for a Typical WPT System.

In the more compact portable and wearable devices now being introduced onto the market, it is extremely difficult, or even impossible, to incorporate a charge connector. For example, some may simply have too little available space in which to house an appropriate connector. Other devices may require sealed enclosures
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10/10/2018
Celebrating Innovation in Healthcare

Jason Lomberg, North American Editor, PSD

I don’t have to tell you that healthcare is wildly controversial in this country. Per capita national health expenditures run about $10,348 (2016), with total national health expenditures of $3.3 trillion, 18% of the nation’s GDP. You may have noticed that healthcare decided an election or two. Luckily,
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10/04/2018
Rugged Power Supplies in Miniature Open-Frame Package
TRACO POWER has announced the release of their TPP 100A-J and TPP 150A-J series of 100 and 150 watt open-frame power supplies. Their high efficiency topology, industrial-grade components and advanced thermal management enable -25°C to +85°C operation, compliance to IEC 60068-2-6 / IEC 60068-2-27 / MIL-STD-810F
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10/04/2018
Buck-Boost Controllers for Industrial Battery-Powered Applications
TOKYO, Japan – Renesas Electronics Corporation announced an innovative new family of bidirectional four-switch synchronous buck-boost controllers. The ISL81601 and ISL81401 are the industry’s only true bidirectional controllers that sense peak current at both ends and provide cycle-by-cycle current limit
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10/04/2018
Wearable ECG Monitor is a Weight Off Your Chest

Figure 1. Holter Heart Monitor

If you have ever visited your doctor suffering from symptoms even mildly suggestive of a cardiac problem, you may have been subjected to the “pleasure” of wearing a Holter heart monitor (Figure 1). After subsequent sleepless nights, you probably asked yourself, “Surely there must be a more comfortable
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10/03/2018
Medical â€

Kevin Parmenter FAE Director North America, Taiwan Semiconductor

The medical industry is a 10 trillion-dollar market globally while one of the largest markets, the USA is ranked by the World Health Organization at 37th in the world for quality of medical care out of 191-member states.  While per capita, we in the USA are #1 in spending per capita in international dollars. 
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10/03/2018
Technology and the Future of Healthcare
As usual, autumn means conference season. And this year conference season will be dominated by electronica as it is every second year. All of the famed German organisational stereotypes will be tested to their limits, with the conference expanding to 16 halls. For me personally, that means even more walking
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10/02/2018
Medicine and Healthcare are Leading the IoT Revolution
As I mentioned in my Viewpoint column, medical electronics is one of the most exciting areas for the industry at the moment. From my point of view, what is amazing about the analysts’
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10/02/2018
This Ink Could Save Your Life
The future of wearables could be a (temporary) part of your body -- biometric tattoos could make for ideal portable health monitors. According to recent studies, 1/3 of Americans have at least one tattoo, including nearly half (47%) of all millennials (18-35). Gen-Xers (36-50) aren’t far behind,
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10/02/2018
Navigating the Challenges in Selecting Medical Equipment Power Supplies

Figure 1. The CmF bulk power module, occupying three slots, provides a 48V output voltage which can deliver up to 600W of power in the CX600 and up to 900W in the CX1800.

The healthcare industry is naturally transforming - even in the patient realm, as we see a continued increase in age, lifestyle-related conditions and levels of outpatient/home care. As can be imagined, this ongoing transformation translates into how we use technology and its impact on a vast range of applications.
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10/02/2018
Designing a Medical Power Supply

Figure 1 - Creepage and clearance example (UL60601-1)

Power supplies for medical equipment must comply with IEC/UL 60601-1 3rd edition. Within this standard there are three categories of equipment. B-rated equipment will have only brief contact with a patient – for example an MRI scanner. BF-rated equipment will have routine contact with the skin;
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10/02/2018
Cleaning Challenges for Medical Electronics

Figure 1: Ball Grid Array (BGA) here

The market for medical electronics is huge and growing. The astounding capabilities of digital technology and broadband connectivity are “a perfect storm” enabling doctors to diagnose more accurately and offer therapies more precisely than ever before. They also offer labor-saving benefits that
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10/02/2018
Developing Medical Power Systems That Conform to IEC60101-1
The updated IEC 60601 standard will bring some real changes including a focus on EMI and how medical equipment will be used in the home. The latest standards for the development of medical power supplies are set to have a significant impact on how system designs are carried out, particularly in relation
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10/02/2018
How Healthcare Demands are Impacting Power Supply Design

Figure 1: Digital Power’s OFM225 Series 225 Watt forced cooled and 120 Watt convection cooled AC/DC power supply is approved to IEC60601-1, 3rd Edition 2 MOPP and designed to meet 4th Edition EMC.

Key triggers are general technological advances, an aging population, and government healthcare reforms. Trends include the proliferation of wireless technologies; an increase in implantable medical devices; a push towards home healthcare options; and greater cost-consciousness. To meet increased
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10/02/2018
Reliability of Exercise Equip as it Joins the Connected Home

Figure 1. TE Connectivity’s Universal MATE-N-LOK connectors are high reliability power connectors that use a combination of pins and sockets intermixed in the plug and cap housings to achieve excellent electrical performance.

The way consumers use personal exercise equipment at home is changing, and so are their expectations for that equipment, such as treadmills, ellipticals, and stair climbers. Today, they expect these machines to be as smart, connected, and sophisticated as machines found in their local gyms – if not more. The
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10/02/2018