The Shaughnessy Report: Medical Electronics—Vital Signs Are Good

December 10, 2018 | Andy Shaughnessy, I-Connect007

When Marcus Welby, M.D. premiered in 1969, the good doctor usually had everything he needed in his trusty doctor bag. And if Dr. Welby couldn’t fix you with his stethoscope and sphygmomanometer, the local hospital was up to the task with its EKG, EEG, and heart rate monitors beepin’ away, and ready cure you before the end of the episode. Now, the Apple Watch features a titanium electrode that allows the wearer to give himself an EKG. Devices like the Fitbit let the user track pulse rate, blood pressure, and body temperature. Marketing these devices under the “fitness” umbrella was a stroke of genius that capitalizes on the current fitness trend.

Words of Advice

December 10, 2018 | Andy Shaughnessy

In a recent Design007 Survey, we asked the following question: Q. What is the most important feedback that you receive after your board is manufactured? Here are just a few of the answers, edited slightly for clarity.



As noted in Part 3 of this series, a broad range of discrete passive component elements are candidates for embedding, but the decision to embed these component elements within the multilayer circuit structure must be made early in the...

Lightning Speed Laminates: Different Aspects of Impedance for PCBs

November 29, 2018 | John Coonrod, Rogers Corporation

Many PCBs are specified to have a controlled impedance value. There are several circuit and material properties that impact the impedance performance of a circuit. Some of these properties are obvious to engineers who have worked with...

Digital Specs for Automated Manufacturing: Find the Missing Link!

November 29, 2018 | Team Elmatica, Elmatica

Automation and connected smart factories are the new manufacturing trend. Industry 4.0 and the Internet of things (IoT) continue to enter PCB manufacturing. However, if we continue down the same path with specifications and...

This issue Designing for the Future of Medicine Featuring:

In Medical PCB Design, Innovation Never Stops, a conversation with Kenneth MacCallum
Dock Brown on Succeeding at Failure Analysis, a conversation with Dock Brown
What You Do Matters, by Tim Haag
New Grad Designs PCBs for Smart Baby Beds, a conversation with Tamara Jovanovic
Internet of Body: The Next Big Thing for Medical, a conversation with Titu Botos

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