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Bench Talk for Design Engineers | The Official Blog of Mouser Electronics


Medical Wearables: A Product Designer Perspective, Part II Mike Parks
The story of medical wearables is no different than the story of technology in general. Exponential growth in capability commensurate with the shrinking of size and cost of products is simply converging to a point that the costs of fielding preventative measures like wearables is a solid alternative to just waiting until something inside of us breaks and we are rushed to the emergency room. While medical wearables do offer great promise in helping us become more proactive in our healthcare, they are primarily data collection devices that may perform some rather simple data analysis. They will have to tie into a larger medical ecosystem that has yet to fully materialize.

Power Management the Hux Way Caroline Storm Westenhover
Since processors are following Moore’s Law and batteries are not, people have to look at the other side of the equation, the load, to increase battery runtime. It can be the user’s choice, like ultra low power modes available on new smartphones. Or it can be an old process that is optimized, like migrating from Bluetooth to BLE. Optimizing old processes is possible because of power management options made available by powerful and efficient processors.

LED Headlights…Coming Soon the Masses! Barry Manz
As High Intensity Discharge (HID, xenon) and LED technologies are the only truly modern vehicle light sources, unless you own a luxury vehicle chances are you (like me) are missing out actually being able to see well into the night. The difference between what these two technologies and 50-year-old quartz-halogen bulbs deliver is like night and day. Fortunately, thanks to the dramatic advances and reduced cost of high-brightness LEDs, high-performance forward lighting is now about to be available to the rest of us.

How Ethernet Technology is Shifting Modern Markets 40 years After its Inception Garrett Yamasaki
In today’s markets, Ethernet technology is drastically changing the dynamics of how we efficiently transfer data. Ethernet PHYs are integrated into everything from automotive diagnostics to robotic assembly lines to set-top boxes. Ethernet PHYs are evolving to meet market demand due to three main factors: Real-time communication, Robustness and reliability against external factors, Economical solution.

Misty Beginnings for LED Lighting Steven Keeping
There is little debate that LED lighting has hit the mainstream with the technology projected to achieve a market share of 84% in the general illumination market by 2030 (saving the equivalent of the total energy consumed by nearly 24 million U.S. homes compared to today’s inefficient lighting, according to the U.S. Department of Energy). But like many emerging technologies, LED lighting has taken a long time to actually emerge – much longer than you might think.

Is Your DIY Brain Icing Over? Colin Carter
As I’ve progressed from a writer interested in technology to a hobbyist working with technology, I’ve found that my eyes are frequently larger than my workbench. That is, I keep buying and collecting microcontroller boards, inexpensive parts collections, tools, and one-off gadgets, even though I haven’t turned on a soldering iron or looked at the Arduino IDE in months. I think I’m suffering from DIY overload.

Which Switch: Who Cares if it’s AC or DC?! Rudy Ramos
Have you ever tried to use a switch in an application and wondered whether the difference between the AC and DC rating on switches really matters? ­­There is a fallacy that any switch can be used so long as its current rating exceeds the maximum load requirements in the circuit. Who cares if it’s AC or DC, it’s only a 12VDC system right? Wrong; when it comes to switches, the differences in current-carrying capacity are dramatically different between AC and DC circuits and this is typically reflected in the switch’s AC and DC ratings.

Power Storage Caroline Storm Westenhover
There have been some really interesting innovations in electrochemical storage devices (e.g. batteries and supercapacitors) in my area of focus. These days, bigger products demanding more energy are moving towards battery power.

Medical Wearables: A Product Designer Perspective Part I Mike Parks
Determining the overall health of the human body is a complicated matter that must account for dozens of indicators, including vital signs (blood pressure, heart rate, and oxygen levels), fitness behavior (distance walked and amount of time sedentary), and more complex analysis of internal organs and systems to include blood cell counts, blood glucose, etc. Fortunately there is a lot of work occurring to shrink and converge medical-related sensors into inexpensive tools.

Wireless Charging: What You Need To Know Barry Manz
Charging the batteries of smartphones, tablets, and other battery-operated products is a bit of pain especially if you’re “heavy user”. And how many times do you succeed the first time in correctly plugging in that micro-USB connector on our Android phone? So you would think wireless (inductive) charging would have taken off like a rocket, but it hasn’t for the usual reason: a battle between incompatible standards, with the typical consumer confusion as a result. If you haven’t delved into this area, here’s where wireless charging currently stands.

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