How healthy is your heart? Design How-To 2/6/2013 Post a comment Medical equipments have one thing in common and that is the presence of electronics. From the tiny gadget that checks the amount of sugar in blood to the bulky ECG machine which measures your heart operation. This paper gives a small-window view of the places where electronics is used and has been sitting silently in our lives over the years.
BioMEMS market to triple by 2018 Design How-To 1/30/2013 Post a comment Microsystem devices have a large presence in the healthcare market and their sales are expected to reach $6.6 billion by 2018, according to market research firm Yole Développement.
Energy harvesting at the press of a button Design How-To 11/26/2012 Post a comment Mechanical energy from many sources can be tapped by means of energy harvesting to power electronic devices and particularly to send wireless control messages to activate systems remotely. Frank Schmidt, CTO of EnOcean GmbH introduces the ECO 200 energy harvest unit and provides considerations for its use and application examples.
Noise to the outside, silence inwards News & Analysis 10/24/2012 1 comment A major European automaker will integrate the HALOsonic External Sound Synthesis (ESS) equipment from infotainment group Harman in a line of plug-in hybrid vehicles. HALOsonic generates sound outside the vehicle in order to provide an acoustic warning to pedestrians.
Rohm joins leadership of energy-harvest group Design How-To 10/18/2012 2 comments Japanese chip company Rohm has announced it is taking a leadership role in the EnOcean Alliance, an industry group working on standards for energy harvesting and wireless technology for use in energy efficient buildings.
FCI’s first USB 3.0 connector debuts Product News 9/13/2012 Post a comment FCI has released a SuperSpeed USB 3.0 connector that minimizes user-wait time by supporting a 5 Gbps data rate and providing a faster sync time, which is a 10x performance increase versus USB 2.0 connectors.
Designing MEMS driver ASIC for contact lens sensor Design How-To 8/28/2012 4 comments Glaucoma is an eye disease affecting about 4 percent of the population over 40 years of age which can lead to blindness unless treated early. One of the symptoms of glaucoma is an increased intraocular pressure. Passive and active strain gauges embedded in the Sensimed Triggerfish silicone lens monitor fluctuations in intraocular pressure through variations in diameter of the eye. The patient wears Sensimed's Triggerfish for up to 24 hours and undertakes normal activities including sleep periods
IC supplier, customer cooperation methodologies drive up electronics system quality Design How-To 7/13/2012 1 comment Although IC manufacturers have been extremely successful in reducing defects, on the other hand a significant part of the quality drive for printed-circuit-board module makers is stemming from reducing electrical over-stress (EOS), electrostatic discharge (ESD), and cases of no-trouble-found (NTF). Solution of these problems requires the involvement of the PCB module maker and the automotive manufacturer as well.
Advanced switches customize, optimize automotive HMIs Design How-To 7/6/2012 Post a comment Known in the industry as “haptics,” the touch, feel, and sound of a switch’s actuation are paramount to a user’s experience and impression of a particular vehicle. Automotive design engineers want user interfaces to respond and provide feedback in specific ways that are unique to their vehicle.
Blog Make a Frequency Plan Tom Burke 17 comments When designing a printed circuit board, you should develop a frequency plan, something that can be easily overlooked. A frequency plan should be one of your first steps ...