Volume 2011, Issue4 Newsletter

In This Issue: How to Avoid Big Errors Using Accelerometers Accelerometers can be used to measure not only acceleration but also vibration. Historically, accelerometers have seen widespread use in manufacturing production lines and automotive electronics. They are now widely used in portable electronic devices such as cell phones, video game controllers, and cameras. Medical devices [...]

November 24th, 2011|Categories: News, Newsletters, V2011|Tags: , , |

How to Avoid Big Errors Using Accelerometers

Accelerometers can be used to measure not only acceleration but also vibration. Historically, accelerometers have seen widespread use in manufacturing production lines and automotive electronics. They are now widely used in portable electronic devices such as cell phones, video game controllers, and cameras. Medical devices increasingly incorporate them to add capabilities to measure motion such as the rate and depth of chest compression.

Volume 2011, Issue3 Newsletter

In This Issue: Calibration Verifies Accuracy in Disposable Medical Devices by Walt Maclay As published in Embedded Computing Design June 2011 FDA regulations for medical devices require manufacturers to develop and monitor production practices to ensure that the end device conforms to its specifications. A calibration program is a major part of this quality system [...]

September 3rd, 2011|Categories: News, Newsletters, V2011|Tags: , , , |

Sensor Calibration Verifies Accuracy

By Walt Maclay

Download CalibrationDisposableMedicalDevices.pdf (reprinted with permission from Embedded Computing Design)

FDA regulations for medical devices require manufacturers to develop and monitor production practices to ensure that the end device conforms to its specifications. A calibration program is a major part of this quality system to verify the accuracy and precision of measurements. Walt describes the techniques, tools, and equipment used to calibrate a disposable medical device.

Medical devices that rely on one or more embedded sensors not only need testing, but also sensor calibration. Digital circuits can be subject to pass/fail testing. However, sensors require precise testing or calibration to be accurate. Calibration ensures that different individual devices give the same result. Sensors needing calibration include temperature, pressure, acceleration, strain, and displacement.

2011 Guide to Wireless Technology Standards

Which wireless standard makes sense for your application?

Multiple standards exist for wireless: Bluetooth, Wireless USB, Zigbee and WiFi. Each one has its advantages and disadvantages, so depending on your application we would choose different technologies.

May 3rd, 2011|Categories: Design Tips, IoT, V2011, Wireless|

Wireless USB Boasts Convenience for Industrial and Embedded Solutions

Universal serial bus (USB) is an economical and convenient connection for both industrial and commercial applications; USB continues to replace many legacy serial connections (i.e. RS-232, 485).

However, for some industrial and embedded solutions, wireless USB is becoming the choice interface for enabling connectivity to new applications. Products are moving to wireless USB to eliminate cables and to gain the convenience of always being connected.

May 3rd, 2011|Categories: Embedded Systems, IoT, V2011, Wireless|Tags: , |

Volume 2011, Issue2 Newsletter

In This Issue: Wireless USB Boasts Convenience for Industrial and Embedded Solutions Universal serial bus (USB) is an economical and convenient connection for both industrial and commercial applications; USB continues to replace many legacy serial connections (i.e. RS-232, 485). However, for some industrial and embedded solutions, wireless USB is becoming the choice interface for enabling [...]

March 20th, 2011|Categories: News, Newsletters, V2011|Tags: , , , |

Trends in Ultracapacitors

Ultracapacitors are well suited to replace batteries in many applications. Voler Systems developed such a replacement for a company that makes RFID and wireless technology products.The battery replacement was cheaper with a longer life than a standard battery.

Ultracapacitors, also referred to as supercapacitors or double-layer capacitors, are electrochemical capacitors that have an unusually high energy density when compared to common capacitors. Conventional capacitors have enormous power but store only tiny amounts of energy. Ultracapacitors offer orders of magnitude higher energy storage. Larger ultracapacitors have capacities up to 5,000 Farads as of 2010, and 10 Farad capacitors cost only a few dollars.

March 7th, 2011|Categories: Trends, Ultra Low Power, V2011|

Volume 2011, Issue1 Newsletter

In This Issue: How to Fix the Gaps in Your Medical Device Development If you are currently engaged in the development of technology based medical products, and are interested in learning from industry experts how you can improve your design practices, and learn more about how to identify and fix the gaps in your process, [...]

February 3rd, 2011|Categories: News, Newsletters, V2011|Tags: , , , |

Honored to be a Renesas Partner

Sunnyvale, CA - 12/21/10 - Voler Systems (www.volersystems.com), a leading Silicon Valley-based contract electronic design services company specializing in electronic products and test systems involving sensors and measurement electronics, today announced that Voler Systems has been honored as a Renesas partner. Renesas' partner program serves to distinguish those companies who support Renesas Electronics products and [...]

December 23rd, 2010|Categories: Partners, V2011|Tags: , , , |