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Thin-Film Piezoelectric Film Technology in Medical Device Applications

November 16, 2009 5:27 am | by Jon Dent, Product Manager, Digi-Key Corporation & Pete Smith, Senior Application Specialist, Measurement Specialties, Inc. | Articles | Comments

A growing need for sensors within the medical device market has illustrated renewed OEM focus on design efficiencies, patient comfort and enhanced quality of life. The application environment itself is uniquely stringent, with regulatory compliance standards, such as FDA approvals on Class III implantable medical devices...

What Automotive Engineers are Missing When it Comes to Power Sources

October 16, 2009 7:41 am | by Chad Hall, COO of Ioxus | Articles | Comments

The demand for better and more efficient power sources in the automotive industry has been a driving force behind research in battery technology, capacitor technology, and electronic power supply design. In order to utilize energy as efficiently as possible, automotive engineers began by reducing the gross weight of an automobile

Designing an EMC-Compliant Automotive Switching Buck Regulator

October 12, 2009 6:31 am | by John Rice and Sanmukh Patel, Texas Instruments | Articles | Comments

The automobile is changing and so, too, are the electronics that make them run. The most radical example is the plug-in electric vehicle (PEV) where a 300-400V Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion) battery replaces the gas tank

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RF Thin film Passive Devices

October 6, 2009 5:16 am | by Bharat Rawal and Chris Reynolds, AVX | Articles | Comments

An RF designer’s wish list for an ideal high frequency capacitor would include extremely high temperature stability, a sharp self resonance (high Q) free from harmonics, extremely tight capacitance tolerance, low ESR (equivalent S\series R\resistance), low ESL (equivalent series inductance), complete reproducibility

PID Loops in Software applications

October 5, 2009 5:34 am | by M. Simon, retired Aerospace electronics consultant | Articles | Comments

I want to take a look at PID loops and how they are typically handled in software. I'm going to contrast how the motor control folks do things vs. how the chemical industry folks do things. Now there are all kinds of things you can control with such a loop (in a motor control context).

Low-Energy Wireless: Just what the doctor ordered

October 2, 2009 12:40 pm | by Raman Sharma, Freescale Semiconductor | Articles | Comments

The medical market, while on the frontier of human sciences, has always been conservative and cautious when it comes to analyzing the market’s technology adoption rate. While the rest of the industrial and consumer markets were immersed in the potential of wireless connectivity, networking and the Internet, the medical market continued to build devices with tried and tested technology.

Software Fault Management for Medical Devices

September 29, 2009 12:01 pm | by John Greenland, LDRA Technology | Articles | Comments

From hearing aids to Positron Emission Tomography (PET) imaging equipment, medical devices are increasingly impacting (and hopefully improving) our quality of life. Because we now rely on medical devices so heavily and because the devices’ software is so critical to their operation, software fault management and the ability to reduce faults throughout the development lifecycle have become hot-button issues.

The Wireless Power Consortium Releases the 0.95 Specification

September 11, 2009 6:05 am | by Camille Tang, Co-Chair, Wireless Power Consortium | Articles | Comments

Wireless power interoperability marked an important milestone with the 31 July 2009 release of 0.95 specifications of Qi, the Wireless Power Consortium’s “WPC” international standard in wireless power. This interoperability means that all Qi power receivers can be powered and charged with all Qi transmitters.

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Battery and Charge Management: Choices and Tradeoffs

September 8, 2009 6:30 am | by Masoud Beheshti, Director, Product Line Manager, Texas Instruments | Articles | Comments

Designers of portable electronic devices have a variety of choices on types of chemistries, charger topologies and charge management solutions. Selecting the most suitable solution should be a simple task, but in most cases, it is a more complicated process. The designer needs to reach an optimal balance between performance, cost, form factor and other key requirements.

Supercapacitors Replace Batteries with Help of 3mm × 3mm Charger

September 8, 2009 5:51 am | by Jim Drew, Sr. Applications Engineer, Linear Technology | Articles | Comments

Supercapacitors are finding their way into an increasing number of applications for short-term energy storage. One such application is a power ride-through circuit, in which a backup energy source cuts in and powers the load when main power supply fails for a short time. This type of application has been dominated by batteries in the past

Constant Current Regulation delivers HB-LED advances

September 4, 2009 8:23 am | by Tim Kaske & Paul Decloedt, On Semiconductor | Articles | Comments

In recent years significant advances in high-brightness LEDs (HB-LEDs) have given designers the opportunity to replace conventional incandescent, fluorescent and halogen technologies with more reliable and energy-efficient LED-based alternatives. As a result, solid-state lighting has seen considerable uptake in automotive, digital signage, and architectural applications, as well as the illumination of our city streets.

Selecting the Right Rapid Prototyping System

August 21, 2009 6:01 am | by Scot Thompson, Solid Concepts, www.solidconcepts.com | Articles | Comments

When I started in the rapid prototyping industry with 3D Systems in March of 1989 it was just months after the very first SLA system, the SLA-1, was introduced at the Autofact Show in Detroit in 1988. This first rapid prototyping system was invented by Chuck Hull, an engineer trained in photosensitive polymers.

Nickel-Zinc: Recharging Battery Performance and OEM Design Opportunities

July 23, 2009 10:02 am | by Joseph Carcone, Vice President, Business Development, PowerGenix | Articles | Comments

Technology is driven by many factors, and the reinvention of existing technology products to new higher levels of performance requires innovations in materials and science. Critical components in the design of portable electronics, batteries, in the eyes of many, have not kept pace with innovations in their electronic counterparts. Is it time for the reinvention of one of electrochemistry’s oldest technologies to fulfill the needs of a new power market

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Why MAX? – The purpose of WiMAX

June 2, 2009 9:40 am | by John Schwartz, Digi International | Articles | Comments

Whenever a new standard is adopted or starts to gain some ubiquity in the marketplace, I always have to ask, “So what? What does this new stuff give me that I don’t already have?” It’s an important question. If there is not any difference, then there is no reason not to just keep on using known and proven technologies. If there are differences, then knowing what these differences consist of can enable the appropriate business and design decisions.

DSPs in Medical Imaging

May 18, 2009 11:55 am | Product Releases | Comments

Just as they have played a key role in advancing industries such as PCs, cellular telecommunications and automotive, digital signal processors (DSPs) are playing an increasingly important role in advancing medical imaging to provide faster, more accurate diagnoses and treatment.

Reliable Power is the Key to Mechatronics Systems Reliability

May 4, 2009 1:14 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Mechatronics is a relatively new field of complex systems design that encompasses the disciplines of Physics, Mechanical Engineering, Electronic Engineering and Computer Engineering.

Industry Focus: Interaction in Consumer Devices

March 10, 2009 10:34 am | by Christopher Keuling, Associate Editor | Articles | Comments

It’s a fact that consumers want end products that give them the most user interaction. Two of the most popular examples on the market are Apple’s iPhone and Nintendo’s Wii. These end products serve very different purposes to their desired consumers, but share electronic advances that make these products, amongst others, an interactive experience for the user. In this month's Industry Focus, we talked to six different companies

Industry Focus: Automotive Electronics

January 20, 2009 5:14 am | by Akio Nezu, Fujitsu Microelectronics America | Articles | Comments

Despite recent economic challenges facing the auto industry, many leaders are moving forward with new and innovative systems for in-vehicle entertainment, and sophisticated audio-video capabilities.  Industry analysts such as iSuppli Corporation have cited significant consumer demand for audio-video connectivity and networking in the vehicle, noting that the industry is at a point where A/V connectivity clearly influences sales.

Industry Focus: Planning for End-of-Life in Mil-Aero Markets

December 23, 2008 6:06 am | by George Karalias, Rochester Electronics, LLC | Articles | Comments

Although the ramifications of end of life (EOL) announcements have long been an issue for OEMs in the mil/aero marketplace, many still fail to put a workable plan in place to face this reality. As a result of the increase in end-product programs for these industries, long-term support requirements can sometimes extend for decades, leaving customers in a difficult position as they source components for ongoing production, maintenance and repair.

When Electronics Go Green, Everybody Wins

December 8, 2008 6:25 am | by Jeff Ittel, senior vice president of semiconductors, Avnet Electronics Marketing | Articles | Comments

For members of the electronics supply chain, going “green” is not just a short-term marketing scheme rife with buzzwords but short on substance. Granted, the tech sector has jumped on its share of bandwagons, but this movement is different. It’s not just about pioneering technologies, building a positive public image, padding the bottom line or even “doing the right thing.” It’s all of the above. When state-of-the-art electronic products are energy efficient, environmentally sustainable, and cost effective, everyone wins.

Industry Focus: When Electronics Go Green, Everybody Wins

December 4, 2008 11:45 am | by Jeff Ittel, senior vice president of semiconductors, Avnet Electronics Marketing | Articles | Comments

For members of the electronics supply chain, going “green” is not just a short-term marketing scheme rife with buzzwords but short on substance. Granted, the tech sector has jumped on its share of bandwagons, but this movement is different. It’s not just about pioneering technologies, building a positive public image, padding the bottom line or even “doing the right thing.” It’s all of the above. When state-of-the-art electronic products are energy efficient, environmentally sustainable, and cost effective, everyone wins.

Industry Focus: Eliminating Medical Device RF Interference

November 19, 2008 9:44 am | by Christopher Keuling, Associate Editor | Articles | Comments

Wireless RF interference found in medical devices causes tainted results and misdiagnoses. Medical professionals and patients rely on these results to pursue the correct course of action for a given illness. There are several companies and collaborations looking into solutions of how to reduce and/or remove interference in the medical field. This month, we take a look at some of the causes of wireless interference and answers that are being worked on now in today’s medical devices, as well as future devices.

Industry Focus: Perfect Vision

October 29, 2008 7:07 am | by P. Lindsay Powell, Business Development Manager, 3M Electronic Solutions Division | Articles | Comments

In many quality control operations, the human eye has been replaced by the unblinking lens of the digital camera. A machine vision (MV) system is intended for non-contact optical sensing and is ideal for use in quality control (QC) systems for quality assurance (QA). Industries exploiting MV include automotive component manufacturing, electronics assembly, semi-conductor production, food processing and pharmaceuticals manufacturing.

Industry Focus: Touchscreens Press Deep Into Consumer Electronics

October 21, 2008 9:45 am | by Christopher Keuling, Associate Editor | Articles | Comments

Touchscreen technology has become more prominent in recent years, especially in the consumer and kiosk markets. PDAs, ATM machines, supermarket check-outs, and Apple’s iPhone are among the most well-known uses of touchscreen technology. Some touchscreen technologies have found a place in applications where the more commercially known technologies (resistive and capacitive) are inadequate. This month, we review the different types of touchscreen technologies available for the consumer electronics industry, along with their pros and cons, their applications, and a look into the future.

Industry Focus- Automotive Infotainment Drives Vehicle Trends

September 26, 2008 5:48 am | by Christopher Keuling, Associate Editor | Articles | Comments

When consumers shop for a new vehicle, they look at price and gas mileage as key factors in their purchasing decision. Technology, now more portable than ever, is also on the mind of the American consumer. Cell phones, GPS navigation devices, mp3 players, and other video applications are becoming both a necessity and a convenience for drivers.

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