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Coin cell battery holder saves over 5 mm in board height

September 20, 2013 3:47 pm | Product Releases | Comments

MPD has invented another new CR2016 low profile coin cell battery holder.  While other CR2016 holder solutions often rise more than 8.5 mm above the PCB, our new BLP2016SM-GTR rises 3.1 mm with an installed CR2016. This directly saves over 5 mm in board height when compared to typical CR2016 battery holders available on the market.

First real-time detector for IV delivered drugs may help eliminate life-threatening medical errors

September 20, 2013 10:46 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Today, computerized smart systems can deliver drugs intravenously in exact volumes to hospital patients. However, these systems cannot recognize which medications are in the tubing nor can they determine the concentration of the drug in the tubing. This lack of precise information can lead to medication errors with serious consequences.

A computer scientist's approach to medicine

September 18, 2013 2:46 pm | by Massachusetts Institute of Technology | News | Comments

For years Dr. Stephanie Seneff has been known throughout the computer science world for her work in natural language processing. A computer scientist with a background in biology, Seneff received her undergraduate degree in biophysics before moving to electrical engineering and computer science for her MS and PhD degrees.

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High-performance thermal camera features 640×512 pixel resolution

September 18, 2013 1:29 pm | Product Releases | Comments

FLIR Systems is proud to announce the introduction of the FLIR A6700sc, the company’s newest science-grade mid-wave infrared camera that redefines affordable high performance. Featuring a highly sensitive 640×512 pixel resolution thermal detector, the A6700sc produces exceptional temperature....

UCLA researchers' smartphone 'microscope' can detect a single virus, nanoparticles

September 18, 2013 10:22 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Aydogan Ozcan, a professor of electrical engineering and bioengineering at the UCLA Henry Samueli School of Engineering and Applied Science, and his team have created a portable smartphone attachment that can be used to perform sophisticated field testing to detect viruses and bacteria without the need for bulky and expensive microscopes and lab equipment. The device weighs less than half a pound.

Intelligent use of electronic data helps the medicine go down, say researchers

September 16, 2013 1:25 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Electronic data routinely gathered in hospitals can be used as a warning system for missed doses of prescribed medicine and making improvements to patient safety, says a new study. A team found that the secondary use of data from an electronic prescribing and decision support system in an English hospital led to a 'substantial and sustained' reduction in rates of missed or delayed doses of medicines.

iPad app teaches students key skill for success in math, science, engineering

September 16, 2013 1:08 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Engineers at the University of California, San Diego, have developed an iPad app that helps students learn spatial visualization, an essential skill for doing well in science, math and engineering. They have been testing the app during a high school summer program at the Jacobs School of Engineering at UC San Diego, as well as on undergraduate students at the school.

Microcontroller integrates 16-bit ADC, 10 Msps ADC, DAC, USB and LCD driver

September 16, 2013 10:18 am | Microchip Technology Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Microchip Technology Inc. announced a new family of microcontrollers (MCUs) —the PIC24FJ128GC010. This family is an analog system on chip that integrates a full analog signal chain, including the company’s first ever on-chip precision 16-bit ADC and 10 Msps 12-bit ADC, plus a

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What's the best technique for temperature management of sensitive components?

September 16, 2013 9:13 am | by Kasey Panetta, Managing Editor | Blogs | Comments

Here at ECN we're always looking for what's going to change the world of electrical design and make life better for our engineers. For November 15, we're focusing on Temperature Management.  We know our readers have varied opinions and valuable experiences – now here’s a great opportunity to showcase them.

The Pulse: Robots remove brain tumors

September 16, 2013 8:59 am | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

On this episode of The Pulse, brought to you by MDT TV, we're removing brain tumors with robots, using MetaboShield to help obesity, regenerating heart tissue, and pairing glucometers with smartphones for ease of use. This episode features....

Flexible printed circuit connector delivers up to 2.5 times more high FPC retention force

September 13, 2013 12:41 pm | Hirose Electric Usa | Product Releases | Comments

Hirose Electric has developed a 0.3 mm pitch (FPC) flexible printed circuit connector that supports high-speed transmissions and provides high retention forces. The back flip style actuator utilizes dual-sided FPC and helps it to achieve the excellent impedance characteristics that allow it to be used for high-speed transmissions....

Tool promises to bring 3D design capability to all engineers

September 12, 2013 5:55 pm | Allied Electronics, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Allied Electronics (Allied) and RS Components (RS), the trading brands of Electrocomponents plc announced DesignSpark Mechanical, a new 3D solid modeling and assembly tool that is available to all –free of charge. Developed in conjunction with SpaceClaim, the new easy-to-use DesignSpark Mechanical are intended to...

Dali gets a health check: Using medical devices to diagnose art

September 12, 2013 3:11 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Scientists and conservators have developed a new method to diagnose painting canvases from the back, without disturbing a single fibre, to see if they can withstand the stress of handling and travel. Using the method - which is similar to the way doctors measure blood sugar without the need for needles – scientists examined 12 paintings by the surrealist painter Salvador Dalí.

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500 watt switchers include medical (2 x MOPP) & ITE safety approvals

September 11, 2013 4:32 pm | Powergate Llc / Tracopower | Product Releases | Comments

PowerGate LLC announces the release of the Cosel GHA500 series of AC/DC switching power supplies in the industry standard 3 x 5 Footprint, offering Industry leading open frame power density of 24W/in3. The GHA500 has been designed to be used in a wide variety of Medical, ITE and Industrial applications....

Fighting an invisible enemy: How UV robots are clearing the way for germ-free hospitals

September 11, 2013 2:17 pm | by Kasey Panetta, Managing Editor | Articles | Comments

Though medical devices are always moving towards less invasive, more effective technology, they face a constant, persistent and ever-evolving enemy in deadly bacteria and infections. Healthcare-associated infections (HAIs) can be caused by any infectious agent and result in 99,0000 deaths per year, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

New system allows cloud customers to detect program-tampering

September 11, 2013 12:21 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

For small and midsize organizations, the outsourcing of demanding computational tasks to the cloud — huge banks of computers accessible over the Internet — can be much more cost-effective than buying their own hardware. But it also poses a security risk: A malicious hacker could rent space on a cloud server and use it to launch programs that hijack legitimate applications, interfering with their execution.

Autofocus machine vision camera with 5MP resolution touts very small size

September 11, 2013 11:32 am | Product Releases | Comments

IDS Imaging Development Systems announced that it is shipping its new uEye XS machine vision camera with autofocus. Measuring 23 mm x 26.5 mm x 21.5 mm (.9" x 1.04" x .84"), the camera is presented as simple to integrate into virtually any imaging system, ranging from

MRI-compatible fiber optic absolute rotary encoder system includes 13-bit resolution

September 11, 2013 11:00 am | Micronor Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Micronor introduced an MRI-compatible fiber optic absolute rotary encoder system. The all-optical, non-metallic MR338 passive sensor provides precision absolute angular measurement from 0° to 360° with 13-bit (8192 count) resolution and 12-bit multi-turn tracking.

Bomb-detecting lasers could improve security checkpoints

September 10, 2013 11:05 am | by Michigan State University | News | Comments

Michigan State University research has put the possibility of bomb-detecting lasers at security checkpoints within reach. In the current issue of Applied Physics Letters, Marcos Dantus, MSU chemistry professor and founder of BioPhotonic Solutions, has developed a laser that can detect micro traces of explosive chemicals on clothing and luggage.

Family of microcontrollers serves the industrial, medical, and consumer markets

September 10, 2013 9:12 am | Zilog | Product Releases | Comments

Zilog launched its new S3 Family of Z8-compatible microcontrollers (MCUs), thereby expanding its portfolio of microcontroller products serving the industrial, medical, and consumer markets. The S3 Family of 4-/8-bit products includes MCUs for remote control devices, ultra-low power MCUs, and a series of products for home appliances, consumer electronics, and LCD displays.

Robohand uses 3D printing to replace lost digits

September 9, 2013 12:49 pm | by CARLEY PETESCH, Associated Press | News | Comments

Richard Van As, a South African carpenter, lost four fingers from his right hand to a circular saw two years ago. He was unable to afford the tens of thousands of dollars to get a myoelectric hand, which detects a muscle's electric impulses to activate an artificial limb.

Small spindle drives available in wearproof ceramic

September 5, 2013 4:08 pm | Maxon Precision Motors, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

The GP 16 S with ceramic spindle joins the ranks of the existing 16 series spindle drives. With its unique metric M6 ceramic spindle, it transmits up to 315 N in short-term operation. These axial forces are compensated by axial ball bearings in the gearhead's output stage.

"Internet addiction" is a real disease ... according to new inpatient facility

September 4, 2013 4:57 pm | by Jason Lomberg, Technical Editor | Blogs | Comments

Waste lots of time on the Internet looking at cat pictures and playing Minecraft? You should immediately fork over $14K to an inpatient facility in Pennsylvania — the first of its kind in the US – to treat your chronic internet addiction. Don’t believe that Internet addiction is a real disease? Shows your ignorance — you obviously don’t have a “Dr.” in front of your name.

Clay key to high-temperature supercapacitors

September 4, 2013 12:25 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Clay, an abundant and cheap natural material, is a key ingredient in a supercapacitor that can operate at very high temperatures, according to Rice University researchers who have developed such a device. The Rice group of materials scientist Pulickel Ajayan reported today in Nature's online journal, Scientific Reports that the supercapacitor is reliable at temperatures of up to 200 degrees Celsius....

Surface-mount crystal specially designed for high-density circuit applications

September 3, 2013 2:59 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Qantek has introduced their new QC16 Series Surface Mount Crystal, their smallest crystal unit yet.  The QC16, measuring a micro miniature 1.6 x 1.2 x 0.4 mm, is specially designed for high density circuit applications, requiring a reliable and precise frequency source which also operates in wide temperature ranges.

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