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Digital hall-effect sensor ICs include built-in pull-up resistors

December 23, 2013 3:12 pm | Honeywell Sensing And Control | Product Releases | Comments

Honeywell Sensing and Control’s SS360PT and SS460P high sensitivity latching Hall-effect sensor ICs with built-in pull-up resistors are suitable for demanding, cost-sensitive high-volume applications, such as commuting brushless DC motors used for medical equipment and appliances as well as for

Strategies to reduce a 3-phase BLDC motor control and drive system

December 18, 2013 3:23 pm | by Brian Chu, Product Line Marketing Manager, Analog and Interface Products Division, Microchip Technology | Microchip Technology Inc. | Articles | Comments

Highly integrated semiconductor products are not only a trend in consumer products, but also in motor-control applications. Concurrently, the share of Brushless DC (BLDC) motors is gradually increasing over other motor types in a number of markets, such as automotive and medical applications.

Cord retaining system designed for IEC C8 appliance inlets

December 17, 2013 9:26 am | Schurter Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

SCHURTER has expanded its broad range of cord retaining systems to include a new retaining clip for IEC C8 inlets and mating cord sets. The new clip is a further addition to the already successful wide range of SCHURTER cord retaining systems.

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Timing is everything in new nanotechnology for medicine, security and research

December 16, 2013 11:29 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Researchers working to advance imaging useful to medicine and security are capitalizing on the same phenomenon behind the lingering "ghost" image that appeared on old television screens. A team of researchers from Purdue University and Macquarie University in Sydney has created a way to control the length of time...

New tech lets cholesterol-tracking smartphone users take lifesaving selfies

December 16, 2013 11:24 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

With a new smartphone device, you can now take an accurate iPhone camera selfie that could save your life – it reads your cholesterol level in about a minute. Forget those clumsy, complicated, home cholesterol-testing devices. Cornell engineers have created the Smartphone Cholesterol Application for Rapid Diagnostics...

Is this the end of Moore’s law?

December 10, 2013 2:56 pm | by Kasey Panetta, Managing Editor | Blogs | Comments

Moore’s law is unsustainable. This statement is the elephant in the room of a lot of electronics discussions as we rapidly approach a few different landmarks in semiconductors.  Researchers are concerned that the unsustainability of Moore’s law might mean the end, or at least the abrupt slowing down, of electronic development at the height of the digital era.

New sensor tracks zinc in cells

December 10, 2013 11:02 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Zinc, an essential nutrient, is found in every tissue in the body. The vast majority of the metal ion is tightly bound to proteins, helping them to perform biological reactions. Tiny amounts of zinc, however, are only loosely bound, or "mobile," and thought to be critical for proper function in organs such as the brain, pancreas, and prostate gland.

Your guide to the 2013 Nobel Prizes

December 10, 2013 10:04 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The winners of the 2013 Nobel Prizes will collect their $1.2 million awards Tuesday at ceremonies in Stockholm and Oslo. Here's a look at the laureates and their achievements: ECONOMICS Three Americans were honored for developing new methods to study trends in asset markets,

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German firm testing drones to deliver goods

December 9, 2013 9:04 am | by AP | News | Comments

Germany's express delivery and mail company Deutsche Post DHL is testing a drone that could be used to deliver urgently needed goods to hard-to-reach places. The small pilotless helicopter was to fly a package of medicine Monday from a pharmacy in the town of Bonn to the company's headquarters on the other side of the Rhine River. The aircraft can carry up to 3 kilograms (6.6 pounds).

2W DC/DC converters designed to serve medical-grade equipment

December 5, 2013 4:13 pm | MicroPower Direct, LLC | Product Releases | Comments

Available immediately from MicroPower Direct, the ML200MHI series is a family of compact, 2W DC/DC converters fully approved to both EN 60950 and EN 60601. They are specifically designed to meet the stringent isolation, reinforced insulation, and low leakage requirements of medical-grade equipment.

Power supplies designed for medical applications

December 5, 2013 1:58 pm | SL Power Electronics Corporation | Product Releases | Comments

SL Power Electronics announces its MB60S single-output, convection-cooled, wide temperature range power supply that provides 60 watts of power in an ultra-compact  2” x 3” x 1.0” package. Joining SL Power’s line of high-density open frame AC/DC medical-grade power supplies, the MB60S is approved to the highest safety standards....

3D-printed heart uses urine to power robot (seriously)

December 5, 2013 10:24 am | by Kasey Panetta, Managing Editor | Blogs | Comments

In the buzzword story of the year, researchers at the University of the West of England created a 3D-printed heart robot heart that runs on urine. That’s right, a printed organ that pumps pee through a robot. This hot topic cornucopia was actually the result of a theory that urine was capable of making electricity.

Swallowing a diagnostic pill

December 4, 2013 2:14 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

A tiny capsule that can carry out a chemical analysis of the contents of one's stomach could identify the presence of so-called "occult" blood at very low levels. The data is automatically broadcast to an external monitoring device for detection of early stage stomach cancer by one's physician.

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Camera module used in OrCam camera for visually impaired

December 2, 2013 2:34 pm | Stmicroelectronics | Product Releases | Comments

STMicroelectronics  announced that its 5.1 mega-pixel camera module and low-power digital image processor are being used in the revolutionary OrCam camera, a small device that clips on to eyeglasses and dramatically improves the mobility and ability of visually-impaired people to “read” signs, packaging and publications.

Tongue-controlled wheelchair outperforms popular wheelchair navigation system

December 2, 2013 1:09 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

After a diving accident left Jason Disanto paralyzed from the neck down in 2009, he had to learn how to navigate life from a powered wheelchair, which he controls with a sip-and-puff system. Users sip or puff air into a straw mounted on their wheelchair to execute four basic commands that drive the chair.

Novel rehabilitation device improves motor skills after stroke

December 2, 2013 9:42 am | by Eurekalert! | News | Comments

Using a novel stroke rehabilitation device that converts an individual's thoughts to electrical impulses to move upper extremities, stroke patients reported improvements in their motor function and ability to perform activities of daily living. Results of the study were presented today at the annual meeting of the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA).

Imaging shows long-term impact of blast-induced brain injuries in veterans

December 2, 2013 9:35 am | by Eurekalert! | News | Comments

Using a special type of magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), researchers have found that soldiers who suffered mild traumatic brain injury (MTBI) induced by blast exposure exhibit long-term brain differences, according to a study being presented today at the annual meeting of the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA).

Fruit flies with better sex lives live longer

December 2, 2013 9:28 am | by Eurekalert! | News | Comments

 Sex may in fact be one of the secrets to good health, youth and a longer life – at least for fruit flies – suggests a new University of Michigan study that appears in the journal Science. Male fruit flies that perceived sexual pheromones of their female counterparts – without the opportunity to mate – experienced rapid decreases in fat stores, resistance to starvation and more stress. The sexually frustrated flies lived shorter lives.

Power harvesters enable next wave of energy harvesting design

November 26, 2013 2:47 pm | Texas Instruments | Product Releases | Comments

Texas Instruments introduced five new next-generation power management integrated circuits that acquire and manage microwatts (µW) to milliwatts (mW) of power harvested from light, heat or mechanical energy sources. The bq25570, bq25505, TPS62740, TPS62737 and TPS62736 maintain

User-configurable switch-mode power supplies targeted at the telecommunications and medical markets

November 26, 2013 12:40 pm | Allegro Microsystems, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Allegro MicroSystems, LLC announces the release of three new switch-mode power supplies. The C, HWB and SWF series have been designed with a user-configurability feature to prevent customers from replacing the entire set of power supplies making it much easier to change specifications.

Medical desktop switcher features up to 94% efficiency

November 22, 2013 2:04 pm | Advanced Power Solutions | Product Releases | Comments

Advanced Power Solutions (APS) announces the release of the APS250EMG series of medical approved desktop switching power supplies with up 94% efficiency and <0.5W No Load Power Consumption for compliance to Level V standards. The APS250EMG series consists of 3 standard models offering single outputs of 12V @ 20A / 24V @ 12 / 48v @ 6A output power....

September 2013: Medical

November 22, 2013 10:32 am | Digital Editions | Comments

The September 2013 issue of ECN deals with Medical Electronics. Managing Editor Kasey Panetta focuses on “fighting an invisible enemy” with UV robots in hospitals, and in the Editor’s View, Executive Editor Chris Warner discusses the controversial practice of license plate scanning.

Study reveals potential breakthrough in hearing technology

November 18, 2013 1:01 pm | by Ohio State University | News | Comments

Computer engineers and hearing scientists at The Ohio State University have made a potential breakthrough in solving a 50-year-old problem in hearing technology: how to help the hearing-impaired understand speech in the midst of background noise. They describe how they used the latest developments in neural networks...  

Isolated monolithic flyback regulator delivers up to 15 Watts

November 13, 2013 1:49 pm | Linear Technology Corporation | Product Releases | Comments

Linear Technology Corporation announces the LT8302, a monolithic flyback regulator that significantly simplifies the design of isolated DC/DC converters. By sampling the isolated output voltage directly from the primary-side flyback waveform, the part requires no opto-isolator or third winding for regulation.

Versatility of ultra-miniature detect switches on display

November 12, 2013 4:32 pm | by Kyle Peterson, Product Management, C&K Components | Articles | Comments

Ultra-miniature detect switches are playing a significant role in a number of applications today. The miniaturization of key components, including switches, has enabled the continued trend towards end-products getting smaller and smaller.

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