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IEC 60601-1 guidelines and risk management
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11/28/2011   Post a comment
Understand how this standard’s third edition impacts the concept, design, and production of medical devices.
Intro to biomechatronics, Part 2
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11/27/2011   6 comments
This 600page book aims to provide fundamentals of electronic and mechanical components required to assist or replace limbs, senses, and even organs damaged by trauma, birth defects, or disease.
Die-cast enclosures in three interesting new shapes
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11/26/2011   Post a comment
Responding to customer requests from several different sectors for die-cast enclosures to provide a strong and robust environmentally sealed housing with good EMC screening in a non-rectangular shape, Hammond Electronics has extended its popular 1590 family with the introduction of the 1590TRP and STP models.
Active vibration control technology solves noise issues in hybrid cars
Product News  
11/26/2011   4 comments
Trelleborg's active vibration control (AVC) system is claimed to out-perform traditional passive systems by monitoring and adjusting to sound levels, significantly contributing to improved driver comfort.
Thinfilm unveils first scalable printed CMOS memory
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11/25/2011   Post a comment
Combination of Thinfilm printed rewritable memory and PARC transistors enables low-cost, printed integrated systems for the “Internet of things”
Intro to biomechatronics, Part 1
Design How-To  
11/25/2011   7 comments
This 600page book aims to provide fundamentals of electronic and mechanical components required to assist or replace limbs, senses, and even organs damaged by trauma, birth defects, or disease.
EC clears way for Western Digital, Hitachi deal
News & Analysis  
11/23/2011   2 comments
Hardware manufacturer Western Digital has overcome a major hurdle on its path to purchasing Hitachi GST, with the European Union's competition regulator giving the deal a green light, as long as WD manages to sell off its production operations for 3.5-inch disc drives.
IPC-9592 power-standard enhancements affect design, procurement decisions
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11/20/2011   Post a comment
Understand some of the complex implications of the enhancements of the this power standard
Reconfigurable LIN switch slave eases communication of switch modules and I/O extensions
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11/19/2011   Post a comment
Integrated LIN slave on a single chip includes physical layer LIN transceiver, LIN controller, voltage regulator, and application controller along with supporting functions ADC, PWM generation, and high voltage capable I/Os.
Tool extension targets wire harness costs
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11/18/2011   Post a comment
Capital Harness MPM helps minimize inventory and obsolescence costs and achieve economies of scale by identifying sub-assemblies that are common across different harness designs.
SerDes chip enables integration of multiple video streams
Design How-To  
11/18/2011   2 comments
In a parking assist system example, single twisted-pair communication and an interface chipset provide a bidirectional control channel with a minimum latency and general purpose I/O functionality, enabling seamless frame-synchronous processing of individual video data streams.
Molex Impact 100-Ohm orthogonal direct connector system
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11/16/2011   Post a comment
Molex's orthogonal direct right-angle male connector and daughtercard system mitigates performance constraints of backplane and midplane connections.
Chevy Volt fires cause concern
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11/15/2011   29 comments
After the "shock" of that headline, more facts are needed.
Combine power feed and data link via cable for remote peripherals
Design How-To  
11/10/2011   6 comments
It is possible to combine power distribution and high-speed data transmission by sharing a shielded twisted pair cable. A power feed network is necessary at both ends for power injection and extraction. By properly designing this network, and managing power supply switching noise, performance degradation is minimized.
Software techniques harden against hacking: Pt. 1—The problem
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11/7/2011   8 comments
Software strategies protect externally networked infotainment systems from entry by hackers.
Back EMF method detects stepper motor stall: Pt. 2—Torque effects and detection circuitry
Design How-To  
11/4/2011   5 comments
Technique takes advantage of constant motor parameters and overcomes limitations of traditional stall detection methods of current and duty-cycle sensing.
C&K Components RB-4G0124 and RB-231 rolling ball tilt switch
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11/3/2011   Post a comment
C&K Components has developed a rolling ball tilt switch series that features a funnel-shape design for high accuracy and 360 degree detection.


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