Design Considerations: Connectors for Compact Medical Devices

Compact device size is an overwhelming trend in modern electronics, but connectors for compact medical devices must be safe, easy to terminate, and widely configurable, in addition to small in size and extremely reliable. James G. Dunbar, Product Marketing Manager – PCB Connectors, Phoenix Contact USA Innovations are critical in the medical field, and newRead More

Hyperboloid Contacts Improve High-Density Mil/Aero Rectangular Connectors

Hyperboloid contacts improve contact density, mating force, functionality, and cycle-life in high-density rectangular connectors designed for mil/aero applications. Robert Lascelles, Product Manager – integraMate®, QA Technology Company, Inc.  Rectangular Connectors In mil/aero applications, high-line-count rectangular connectors are often used as the interface between PCBs, between internal subassemblies, at input-output bulkheads, and between the equipment andRead More

Critical Requirements for Modern Medical Connectors

Critical requirements for modern medical connectors include: safety, reliability, small size, and high-speed performance.  Kirk Hilbourn, Industry Marketing Manager, JAE Being such a small component in the grand design of any medical device, one may assume connectors to be an insignificant part of medical equipment. However, connectors play an enormous role in the proper functionalityRead More

Five Key Trends Shaping the Future of Medical Imaging Interconnects

To satisfy evolving application demands, medical imaging interconnects are being designed to deliver higher-speed, higher-bandwidth performance in smaller, lighter, and more rugged form factors capable of higher mating cycles over longer lifetimes. Carl Bunke, ITT Cannon Field Applications Engineer Macro trends, such as an aging population, preventative care, and a shift to less invasive procedures,Read More

Spring Probe Connector Selection Tips

A how-to guide for evaluating and specifying spring probe connectors Gina Prieto, Key Account Director, Smiths Interconnect Connectors that utilize spring probe contact technology offer a number of advantages over those that incorporate other types of contacts, including: enhanced compliance, blind mating, space savings, impressive cycle life (up to 300,000 cycles), and high misalignment tolerances. However,Read More

Alternative-Energy Vehicles: Standards, Enabling Technologies, and Market Predictions

Eric Liu, a chief engineer at JONHON, discusses standards, enabling technologies, and market predictions for alternative-energy vehicles in China and beyond. Eric Liu, Chief Engineer, JONHON  New Energy Vehicle Standards Design developments related to electric vehicles are expanding rapidly. Although the world’s major automotive companies use various means to promote the development of alternative-energy vehicles,Read More

The Increasing Importance of Rugged Automotive Interconnects

Rugged automotive interconnects are essential for the reliable operation of automotive battery management and power delivery systems Kevin Oursler, US – Director Marketing and Business Development at ERNI Electronics, Inc. Automotive battery management systems (BMSs) continue to progress in complexity and storage capacity, challenged by architecture and interconnectivity solutions that require ruggedization and reliability criteriaRead More

Cantilever Beam Compression Contacts for Pluggable Medical Modules

Cantilever beam compression contacts for pluggable medical modules employ advanced contact materials, geometries, and designs to deliver high-reliability performance in harsh environments.  Tom Anderson, Connector Product Manager, AVX Interconnect To achieve high-reliability connectors for pluggable or disposable medical modules, design engineers must perfectly match the critical contact base material and form geometry to the intended productRead More

High-Speed Connector Designs Morph to Meet Challenging Data Demands

Traditional connector challenges are magnified as speeds increase, but new design tools, mezzanine approaches, and thermal management strategies help high-speed connector designs morph to meet challenging data demands. Jairo Guerrero, Director of Marketing, Enterprise Business Unit, Molex, LLC The continuous proliferation of IP services and access speeds has led to exponential growth in bandwidth andRead More

Connectivity Requirements for High-Vibration Medical Equipment

High-reliability, robust designs, peak performance, and simple assembly are some of the most critical connectivity requirements for high-vibration medical equipment. Alfred Lee, Business Development Manager at Hirose Electric Engineers must take many factors into consideration when designing connectors for medical equipment in high-vibration environments. From stationary high-vibration equipment, like computed tomography (CT) scanners, to portableRead More

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