All µModule regulators undergo extensive device level and board level testing to ensure reliable operation. To date, the product family has accumulated over 23.5 million device-hours of power cycling and 3 million device-hours of accelerated life testing without failure. Reliability is further backed by a complete suite of design, application and manufacturing guidelines to ensure their performance meets product expectations. A complete report listing all reliability tests performed and the results are posted for review at www.linear.com/umodule
. In support of medical devices with long production lifetimes, Linear Technology has a strong track record for non-obsolescence of products, a policy that continues with the µModule power product line.
Although this article has focused on design challenges with respect to digital X-ray flat panel detectors, the challenges described here are not unique to this product. From surgical system attachments to endoscopes to portable imaging and monitoring systems, medical professionals are always looking for the most effective, reliable and smallest tools available. Equipment pushing these boundaries enables advancements in medical procedures that minimize patient discomfort, scarring, and recovery times, while improving personal and personnel safety. Additional electronics in such products enable doctors to be more precise, have better vision and control, and even extend the careers of highly trained surgeons. Coupled with the business demands of limited engineering resources, time to market, proven product reliability with a long production lifetime to match, what power solutions can meet these requirements? Linear Technology’s line up of µModule power products are carefully designed and have been proven to meet a large combination of demands.
About the author:
Willie Chan is Sr. Product Marketing Engineer, uModule Power Products at Linear Technology Corporation
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