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Robotics Help Medical Providers Improve Care

A new generation of robotic medical equipment is helping medical providers deliver automated care protocols, sterilize facilities, and conduct surgical procedures, as well as reduce risk and improve patient outcomes.Read More

Waterproof Pogo-Pin Connectors
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Waterproof Pogo-Pin Connectors for Portable a...

Small portable and wearable medical technologies give patients and healthcare providers a safer, more flexible tool for collecting vital biometric data and delivering care. These devices handle the harsh operatingRead More

Facts & Figures
Facts & Figures

2020 Mergers and Acquisitions Reflect the Cha...

An expanding definition of connectivity drove connector companies to incorporate new areas of expertise via mergers and acquisitions in 2020. In 2020, mergers and acquisitions activities slowed down after theRead More

Market Update
Market Update

Medical Interconnect Solutions Will Spur Inno...

The COVID-19 pandemic pushed medical interconnect providers to create new strategies, capabilities, and products in 2020. In 2021, we predict that those lessons will transfer to new medical devices andRead More

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New High-Speed Information and Communication ...

In the year ahead, we’ll see AI, IoT and IIoT technologies, cloud computing, 5G communications, blockchain, UAVs, and robotics impact nearly every market. These transformative technologies are becoming more pervasiveRead More

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Five Technology Trends Driving New Connector ...

The connector world is constantly evolving to support dynamic market trends. Emerging high-speed connectivity products are currently responding to a number of technology trends and, once released to market, willRead More

magnetic connectors
Connector basics
Connector basics

Magnetic Connectors: The Latest in Hybrid Con...

Hybrid magnetic connectors provide the same power and signal capabilities as traditional connectors in a robust, self-aligning, zero-force, self-mating interface designed to address the needs of various e-mobility applications. HybridRead More

optical electronics
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Connector basics

Small, Lightweight Connectors Enable Today’...

The latest generation of high-tech digital cameras has been sized down for small, lightweight military, medical, and surveillance equipment. High-speed miniature interconnect products make it possible to capture and sendRead More

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The Internet of Medical Things is Transformin...

Advanced sensor and interconnect solutions are driving innovation in the wearable, wireless, and connected healthcare device market. The implementation of 5G will further enhance the Internet of Medical Things (IoMT)Read More

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hybrid cable assemblies
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Hybrid Cable Assemblies With Copper and Fiber...

This week’s Product Roundup highlights hybrid cable assemblies with copper and fiber conductors, as well as hybrid cable-mount connectors with both copper and fiber optic contacts. Hybrid Cable Assemblies WithRead More

IP68 Medical connector from Axon
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IP68 Medical Connectors Product Roundup

This week’s Product Roundup highlights IP68 medical connectors and cable assemblies from leading suppliers. IP68 Medical Connectors Axon’ Cable designs and manufactures custom cable assemblies and interconnect systems for a wideRead More

January 2021 new interconnect products
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January 2021 New Connectivity Products

Summary coverage of new-to-market connectivity products, including interconnects, wire, cable, and cable assemblies, sensors, antennas, materials, accessories, tools, and development kits. January 2021 New Connectivity Products January 2021 New ConnectivityRead More

hermaphroditic connectors
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Hermaphroditic Connectors Product Roundup

This week’s Product Roundup highlights hermaphroditic connectors from leading suppliers. Hermaphroditic Connectors PEI-Genesis supplies UIti-Mate’s dual-row, nanominiature, and hermaphroditic wired rectangular connectors, which are built in accordance with MIL-DTL-32139 andRead More

plastic circular connectors
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All-Plastic Circular Connectors Product Round...

This week’s Product Roundup highlights all-plastic circular connectors for medical, industrial, and transportation applications from leading suppliers. All-Plastic Circular Connectors BizLink’s S418 Connector Series is part of its Sunbolts solarRead More

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Product News
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October 2020 New Connectivity Products

Summary coverage of new-to-market connectivity products, including interconnects, wire and cable, cable assemblies, materials, accessories, tools, development kits, and connector-adjacent technologies, such as sensors and antennas. October 2020 New ConnectivityRead More

Product Roundup
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IP68 Medical Connectors Product Roundup

This week’s Product Roundup highlights IP68 medical connectors and cable assemblies from leading suppliers. IP68 Medical Connectors Fischer Connectors’ Fischer Core Series Brass offers an extremely versatile range of high-reliabilityRead More

August 2020 Connector Industry News
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August 2020 Connector Industry News

Summary coverage of upcoming industry events, as well as recent award, partnership, promotion, personnel, facility, distribution, standards, association, and certification news from across the connector industry. August 2020 Connector IndustryRead More

Product Roundup
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Connectors for Medical Wearables Product Roun...

This week’s Product Roundup highlights connectors for medical wearables ranging from fitness-watch-style monitoring devices to smart textiles and exoskeletons. Connectors for Medical Wearables Binder’s Snap-In IP67 Series features a rangeRead More

autoclavable connectors
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Autoclavable Connectors Product Roundup

This week’s Product Roundup highlights medical connectivity products compatible with autoclave sterilization. Autoclavable Connectors Smiths Interconnect’s D Series Quick-Disconnect Plastic Connectors offer cost-effective, high-reliability alternatives to premium-priced autoclave-compatible connectors inRead More

Industry News
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April 2020 Connector Industry News

Summary coverage of upcoming industry events, as well as recent award, partnership, promotion, personnel, facility, distribution, standards, association, and certification news from across the connector industry. April 2020 Connector IndustryRead More

Product Roundup
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Filtered Connectors Product Roundup

This week’s Product Roundup highlights filtered connectors from leading suppliers. Filtered connectors provide benefits including improved electromagnetic compatibility (EMC), immunity to electromagnetic interference (EMI) and pulses (EMP), and easy systemRead More

hybid connector
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Hybrid Connector Product Roundup

This week’s Product Roundup highlights hybrid connector products from leading suppliers. Hybrid Connector Products Positronic EC Series Eclipse hybrid power and signal connectors combine precision-machined low-resistance, gold-plated copper alloy powerRead More

New Mill-Max FMLB connectors
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March 3, 2020 New Connectivity Products

Summary coverage of new-to-market connectivity products, including interconnects, wire and cable, cable assemblies, materials, accessories, tools, development kits, and connector-adjacent technologies, such as sensors and antennas. Supplier names are generallyRead More

circular push-pull connector
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Circular Push-Pull Connector Products

This week’s Product Roundup highlights circular push-pull connector products from leading suppliers. Top application areas include the industrial, medical, military and aerospace, transportation, sensor and antenna, and wire and cableRead More

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How to Specify
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Choosing the Right Board-to-Board Connectors ...

Consider robustness, flexibility, and processing requirements in your design to be confident that you are choosing the right board-to-board connectors for your application. A primary concern for device designers isRead More

Market Update
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Connector Industry Meets Pressing Demand for ...

In a year of changing market conditions and unprecedented global demand for lifesaving medical technologies, the electronics industry has stepped forward to meet new challenges. The world is facing challengingRead More

Connector basics
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Power Connectors for Medical Equipment Priori...

The first point of connection is the first opportunity to establish rigorous safety standards for medical technologies used in home healthcare and clinical settings. The base electrical standard for medicalRead More

rugged connectors
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Eight Steps to Determine the Right Rugged Con...

Designing for harsh-environment connectivity elicits a number of challenges. This guide will help you ask the right questions to determine the proper rugged connectors for your demanding application. Rugged connectorsRead More

Industry News
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Industry in Transition: The Pandemic Inspires...

Distributors have a bird’s-eye view of the complex supply chains that serve the global electronics industry. When the COVID-19 crisis began in China, distributors were among the first to identifyRead More

medical device manufacturers
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Four Key Technology Trends Affecting Medical ...

Medical device manufacturers depend on innovative connectivity products to keep ahead of changes to the regulatory environment, as well as ongoing demand for low-cost, disposable solutions, reusable medical devices, andRead More

wearable medical devices
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Three Key Design Considerations for Wearable ...

Wearable medical devices are providing life-changing solutions for patient care and represent a major medical market trend. These medical technologies depend on specialized components and systems that are lightweight, low-profile,Read More

Connector basics
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Four Key Areas Where Wearable Technologies ar...

Miniature interconnects combined with sensors and antennas give designers powerful new means of integrating Internet of Things into flexible new forms.  Tiny wearable technologies are becoming huge. The incredible miniaturization of electronic components, combined withRead More

COVID ventilator news
Industry News
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The Global Connector Industry Helps Fight COV...

From parts for ventilators to initiatives to spur innovation, the connector industry is fighting the pandemic in an international effort that extends across every part of the supply chain. TheRead More

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COVID-19 Pandemic Drives Demand for Disposabl...

Disposable, single-patient-use electrocardiograph cables and leadwires help keep patients safe by eliminating cross-contamination, which is always a critical concern in medicine but now more than ever. Since reusable electrocardiograph (ECG)Read More

magnetic medical connectors
Connector basics
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Self-Aligning Magnetic Connectors Provide Opt...

Magnetic connectors designed to self-align, self-locate, handle a high number of mating cycles, and safely unmate can provide optimal solutions for power and data transmission. Technological advancements in healthcare haveRead More

ventilators to fight COVID-19
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COVID-19 Spreads, Demand for Ventilators Skyr...

Automotive and engineering companies have reworked their production lines to produce ventilators and other critical medical supplies needed to fight the virus. The medical technology companies that originally designed theseRead More

Covid-19
Industry News
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COVID-19: A Black Swan Event for the Connecto...

The COVID-19 pandemic is disrupting supply chains, cooling demand, and affecting businesses in virtually all market segments. How will this impact the connector industry? History may have some clues. ARead More

Plastic Metal Connectors
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Plastic and Metal Connectors for Harsh-Enviro...

Metal connectors can endure the very roughest conditions. Plastic connectors offer exceptional resistance against moisture. Each material has advantages and disadvantages that make it important to select the right oneRead More

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Endoscopes Evolve to Meet Increased Safety De...

Concerns about cross-contamination have placed scrutiny on minimally invasive medical devices. Electronic components that can withstand enhanced sterilization techniques are essential for reusable equipment. Disposable endoscopes are another possible solution.Read More

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Non-Magnetic RF Connectors are Critical Enabl...

Emerging MRI technologies rely on a new generation of non-magnetic RF connectors that offer advanced performance in smaller and lighter configurations. Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) techniques provide several benefits overRead More

Industry News
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Connector Suppliers See Significant Impact Fr...

The coronavirus has disrupted supply chains, industry events, and product releases, and compelled components suppliers to find new ways to serve customers. The novel coronavirus known as COVID-19 has disruptedRead More

Industry News
Industry News>

Strategic Acquisitions Continued in the Conne...

Connector-adjacent technologies were the key focus of many 2019 acquisitions as companies expanded to a whole-ecosystem approach. Once again, Amphenol led the industry in acquisitions, completing more acquisitions than anyRead More

Standards
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The COM-HPC Embedded Standard Will Facilitate...

To handle compute-intensive applications and edge-computing systems, a revised Computer on Module (COM) standard is required. At electronica 2018, Samtec and congatec introduced the concept of a new Computer onRead More

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Getting Connected with Stretchable Circuitry

The next frontier for medical device design is stretchable, wearable products that can adhere to patients or equipment and endure movement and manipulation. Dr. John Rogers, a professor of engineeringRead More

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Global Harmonization of the Appliance Coupler...

As the electronics industry continues to take steps towards global harmonization, the US and Canada will adopt the IEC 60320 standard for device plugs with minor deviations. This has significantRead More

Connector basics
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Cable Connectors for Ultrasound Probe Assembl...

Ruggedness, ease of use, reliability, good signal integrity, and high mating cycles are critical factors to consider when specifying connectors for use in medical ultrasound equipment. Medical electronics are demandingRead More

Connector basics
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Medical Devices and Instruments Put the Squee...

Rapidly evolving medical technologies are increasing demand for small, lightweight, high-density connectors that can handle high signal speeds, endure frequent mating cycles and sterilization, and play well with sensors. ConnectorsRead More

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High-Tech Medical Connectivity Products Creat...

Robots, Big Data, and other high-tech medical technologies will help lower error rates and set new quality standards as the next generation of medical devices integrates smaller, modular electronics intoRead More

2019 Medical Connectivity eBook
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New Medical Connectivity eBook

New connectivity components and design strategies are rising to the challenges presented by medical market trends, regulatory requirements, and rigorous environments to enable the next generation of highly connected andRead More

Connector basics
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Six Specification Considerations for Medical ...

As medical equipment continues to scale down in size and up in connectivity and capabilities, new materials, device designs, and industry standards combine to create innovative medical connectivity components thatRead More

Connector basics
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Chip-on-Tip Technology Enables Minimally Inva...

Chip-on-tip endoscopy technology relies on microminiature sensors, illumination, and lenses. Market pressures are driving these critical medical devices to shrink in diameter and cost while maintaining, if not adding, functionality.Read More

Connector basics
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Common Misperceptions of Custom Connectors

There are many misperceptions regarding custom connectors: They are too risky, too expensive, and take too long to develop. But new processes are addressing these concerns. Device development is undergoingRead More

Connector basics
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Today’s Electronics Call for Rapid New Conn...

We are in a period of rapid technology development, as designers create new products and instruments with high-speed circuit chips that run faster, last longer, and go places we couldRead More

Connector basics
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Danger Zone: Contamination-Resistant Connecto...

Electronic equipment and devices employed in extremely harsh environments require rugged, contamination-resistant connectors that can stand up to radiation, sterilization, and the toughest conditions on Earth. Equipment destined for useRead More

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Meeting Medical Market Demands for High-Densi...

The growing demand for high-density electrical connectors in the medical market is being driven by an overwhelming trend towards smaller, lighter, and more ergonomically conscious medical devices. By John Holloway,Read More

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The Brain-Machine Interface: Envisioning a Fu...

Elon Musk’s Neuralink project could push innovation in nanominiature connector technology. The tinier the connector, the more powerful it could be in medical brain-machine interface applications. Normally in this publication,Read More

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Design for Manufacturability Strategies at th...

We spoke to experts at a printed circuit board assembly house to learn more about Design for Manufacturability (DFM) strategies. The goal: Ensuring that device designs can be successfully manufactured.Read More

Connector basics
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A Clean Break: Breakaway Connectors in Medica...

Breakaway connectors can quickly disconnect to protect people and equipment, yet still provide the same pin and housing durability as their mechanically secured counterparts. By Steven Lassen, Product Applications Engineer,Read More

Connector basics
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Counterfeit Connectors: A Matter of Life and ...

It’s imperative that medical device manufacturers use authentic connectors. Counterfeit connectors and other fake components can pose serious risks to patients, providers, and companies. Counterfeit connectors are always a problem.Read More

use-limiting technology
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Use-Limiting Technology Protects Patients

Designing electronic medical devices with use-limiting technology safeguards patients and operators by preventing unauthorized reuse or refurbishment. By David Smith, Sr. Electrical Engineer, and Tyler Yang, Mechanical Engineer, ATL Technology Read More

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Feeling is Believing: e-Textiles Bring Music ...

Avnet teams up with tech incubator Not Impossible Labs to create an innovative e-textile product that enhances the music-listening experience for people with hearing loss. Music is one of life’sRead More

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2019 Updates to Medical Standards

Changing medical standards and regulations add frustrations to the work of product and component designers. But these are life-or-death matters, so it’s important to keep an eye on evolving requirementsRead More

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Reduce Risk in Medical Devices

Managing creepage and clearance is one design strategy that can help reduce risk in medical devices and systems. How to Reduce Risk in Medical Devices Medical equipment used to diagnose,Read More

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2019 Updates to Medical Standards

Changing medical standards and regulations add frustrations to the work of product and component designers. But these are life-or-death matters, so it’s important to keep an eye on evolving requirementsRead More

Connector basics
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Connector Design Considerations for Mobile an...

Medical device designers face some of the biggest challenges in the electronic design industry and some of the most stringent requirements in the world. To both assure safety and hastenRead More

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The Digital, Automated Eye Exam

A new wave of optometry equipment relies on sensors, high-speed connectors, and the Internet of Things. Until recently, a routine visit to the eye doctor included a series of testsRead More

Cable Basics
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How to Prevent EMI When Designing an Intercon...

Electromagnetic interference poses a threat to product functionality as well as patient health. The right shielding architecture can help avoid it. By Zachary Blanden, Industrial Engineer, Nicomatic LP EMI, orRead More

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Tiny Interconnect Products Bring Sound to Lif...

A new generation of micro-sized electronics is helping hearing-impaired people connect with the world. By Bob Stanton, Director of Technology, Omnetics Connector Corporation Cochlear Implant Connectors The cochlear implant, oneRead More

Connector basics
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New Materials Expand the Capabilities of Medi...

The exploding growth of the medical device market is putting more pressure than ever on the components that make today’s life-saving technologies possible. By Jean Thilmany New Materials Expand theRead More

Connector basics
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Design Considerations: Connectors for Compact...

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 inRead More

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Amazing Therapeutic Exoskeletons Move Into Me...

Exoskeletons have been around for more than 50 years, but new lightweight materials have spurred growth in therapeutic and rehabilitation products that use compact, rugged connectors. By Caroline Hayes AnRead More

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Disposable Medical Connector Contact Technolo...

Single-use equipment that can be tossed instead of sterilized is in demand for some types of procedures or environments. The connectors inside these devices must be reliable, durable, and affordable. Read More

Medical feature
Connector basics
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Fluidic Connectors Go With the Flow

Connectors that carry fluid or air through a bore, paired with connectors that carry signal and power, are a critical component in modern medicine. Electronic connectors typically handle power and signal.Read More

Connector basics
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Medical Connectors: Measuring Creepage and Cl...

Electrical connectors play a key role in advancing product capabilities and ensuring consistent, reliable performance in medical electrical and electronic equipment, especially in today’s IT- enabled and interoperable world. ByRead More

Connector basics
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Critical Requirements for Modern Medical Conn...

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 ofRead More

Connector basics
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Five Key Trends Shaping the Future of Medical...

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 overRead More

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The Portable Doctor

As telehealth and telemedicine bring health care to new places, connectors play an important role. As health care costs continue to rise, and many people — particularly those in ruralRead More

Connector basics
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Integrating Electronics into Connectors Gives...

Specialized connectors that integrate other components save space and add capabilities. By Julie Carlson, Marketing Manager, LEMO USA Design engineers who create small, portable devices such as those used inRead More

Connector basics
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Cantilever Beam Compression Contacts for Plug...

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 achieveRead More

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