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Medtronic probes insulin pump risks

October 27, 2011 6:12 am | Comments

(Reuters) - Medtronic Inc has asked software security experts to investigate the safety of its insulin pumps, as a new claim surfaced that at least one of its devices could be hacked to dose diabetes patients with potentially lethal amounts of insulin. While there are no known examples of such a cyber attack on a medical device, Medtronic told Reuters that it was doing "everything it can" to address the security flaws.

Reused pacemakers safe option in poor countries

October 27, 2011 6:07 am | Comments

(Reuters) - Recycled pacemakers donated from U.S. funeral homes could offer a safe way to get the heart devices to people in the developing world who otherwise might not be able to afford them, a U.S. study said. An estimated 1 million to 2 million people around the world die each year because they have no access to a pacemaker, an implanted device that uses electrical pulses to the heart to maintain a normal heartbeat.

Anritsu MasterClaw Being Used at 2011 Pan Ameican Games

October 26, 2011 2:45 pm | Comments

Richardson, TX – Anritsu Company is working with the two largest providers of mobile communications services in Mexico to ensure high-quality, reliable voice and data for spectators, organizers, and competitors in the 2011 Pan American Games, which are being held in Guadalajara, Mexico, October 14-30.

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Tektelic and Picochip Collaborate on Small Cell LTE Devices

October 26, 2011 7:28 am | Comments

CALGARY, CANADA & BATH, UK – 26 October 2011 – Picochip and TEKTELIC, developers of high quality and high efficiency cellular radio solutions and micro base stations for CDMA, UMTS, LTE and WiMAX networks, today announced that they are collaborating on a phased development of a new small cell LTE micro eNodeB platform.

element14 Launches Customisable Storage Tool for Online Content

October 26, 2011 7:26 am | Comments

element14, Premier Farnell’s online community for design engineers, recently launched "The Drawer", an innovative online content storage tool for users to capture and collect information as they navigate through the element14 community. The Drawer functionality also extends to the Knode on element14, enabling design engineers to collect and save technical information, parts data and content references from the entire community.

Medtronic heart device has safety issues: FDA staff

October 25, 2011 11:28 am | Comments

(Reuters) - U.S. reviewers said a Medtronic Inc device was effective for treating a common heart rhythm disorder, but they raised concerns about its safety. Medtronic's Cardiac Ablation System is designed to treat persistent atrial fibrillation, a major cause of strokes. But, in documents released on Tuesday, Food and Drug Administration staff expressed concerns about the high rate of stroke found in patients treated with the device.

Customized RFID Tags Introduced by Uson to Speed Throughput of Medical Device Leak Testing

October 25, 2011 5:55 am | Comments

Global medical device manufacturers seeking the highest standards of lean manufacturing for leak-proof medical devices by using RFID tags for parts identification and information tracking can now use a unique electronic label system built by Uson with both standard and custom components tailored to application requirements.

World’s First WiGig Technology Plugfest

October 25, 2011 4:45 am | Comments

 Today sees the start of the first ever PlugFest to test the interoperability of WiGig devices from members of the Wireless Gigabit Alliance (WiGig). The ground-breaking WiGig PlugFest will run for three days and establish the interoperability of different products from several of the WiGig Alliance’s membership.

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Program for Testing Medical Devices for Susceptibility to RFID Being Launched

October 24, 2011 7:14 am | Comments

On December 6, 2011, MET Labs will launch the Program for Testing Medical Devices for Susceptibility to RFID, to determine potential adverse events of radio frequency identification (RFID) emissions on electronic medical devices. After months of development with AIM Healthcare Initiative (HCI) and the U.

Research Finds Gallium Nitride is Non-Toxic, Biocompatible -- Holds Promise For Biomedical Implants

October 24, 2011 6:51 am | Comments

Researchers from North Carolina State University and Purdue University have shown that the semiconductor material gallium nitride (GaN) is non-toxic and is compatible with human cells – opening the door to the material’s use in a variety of biomedical implant technologies. GaN is currently used in a host of technologies, from LED lighting to optic sensors, but it is not in widespread use in biomedical implants.

STMicro to Supply Set-Top Box Chip to Beijing Gehua Cable TV Network

October 21, 2011 12:29 pm | Comments

STMicroelectronics announced that Beijing Gehua Cable Television Network has selected ST’s integrated HD Cable Modem chip to deploy in set-top boxes to all of its subscribers. Beijing Gehua’s customers will benefit from the STi7141’s integrated triple play and cable modem function, dual-tuner personal video recorder (PVR), and video-on-demand features to obtain delivery of a low-cost high-performance interactive service.

New Website Reinforces Aegis Europe's German Market Commitment

October 21, 2011 12:27 pm | Comments

Aegis Europe has launched a new German language version of their website, reinforcing their commitment to Germany and its outstanding position within the European EMS industry. Aegis’ Manufacturing Operations Software (MOS) is a sophisticated toolset allowing manufacturers to bring speed, control and visibility to their entire production process.

Next Generation Web Infrastructure Designed for the Living Web Makes Legacy Software Obsolete

October 21, 2011 12:21 pm | Comments

At the HTML5 Live Conference which took place in London, the CEO of Kaazing said traditional application servers are on their last legs. With new user demands, a new breed of high performance Web platforms are making their way into the market and ultimately will supersede application servers. “Current application servers were introduced as the market moved from exchanging static documents over the Web to using the Web as a platform for commerce,” said Jonas Jacobi, co-founder and CEO of Kaazing.

Telecom CFO with international experience to NextM2M

October 21, 2011 12:15 pm | Comments

The Danish M2M business NextM2M employs CFO with international telecom experience. NextM2M A/S is a Danish Mobile Virtual Network Operator. Recently the company appointed former Nokia VP Mads Winblad as Chairman of the Board and now Stig Rask Andresen is appointed new CFO. Stig Rask Andresen has studied marketing and economics at Copenhagen Business School and obtained a degree in accounting.

Ice Cream Sandwich: A Deep-Dive Tour With Android’s Chief Engineer

October 21, 2011 12:11 pm | Comments

by Mike Isaac  There are few things in this world I despise more than software updates. Downloading hundreds of files, waiting for the progress bar to fill, restarting the device — it’s all a thankless chore. Usually . But Google’s Android 4.0 operating system, better known by its tasty nickname “Ice Cream Sandwich,” or ICS, is far from a mere mobile OS update.

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