Medical-Grade USB Isolator protects hospital equipment.

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Conforming to IEC60601 specifications, Ulinx(TM) model UH401 delivers 4 kV isolation to ensure reliability and protection from damaging electrical storms, spikes, power surges, and other EMI/RFI disturbances. Isolation barrier also eliminates disruptive ground loops in measurement applications. Inserted directly into USB signal lines of existing medical applications, product has up LED that indicates power supplied via upstream USB port to 100 mA of current to attached downstream devices.



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USB Isolation - Strong Enough for Medical Applications



Ottawa, IL - Every second counts in a hospital environment. And so does isolation safety. Medical systems require at least two independent isolation systems to protect patients and personnel. Some systems must comply with the IEC60601 standard - isolation of all interfaces, peripherals or data collection devices that come in contact with the patient. B&B Electronics' new Ulinx(TM) USB isolator, with 4kV isolation, conforms to IEC60601 specifications for hospital and medical applications.

Most medical networks include an array of standard personal computers, laptops, networking devices, and peripherals (printers, monitors, keyboards). Readily available, these devices are economical and easy to implement. Yet, RS-232 serial ports on earlier PCs and laptops have given way to USB's growing popularity. This presents a challenge to medical system designers who want to take advantage of USB's plug-n-play, hot-swapping, and robust peripheral support but must factor in isolation safety requirements. While RS-232 ports are easy to isolate, USB often requires USB controllers, isolators and other devices - adding time and cost.

B&B Electronics' new USB isolator, model UH401, features up to 4kV isolation, ensuring high reliability and protection from damaging electrical storms, spikes, power surges and other high EMI/RFI disturbances. The isolation barrier eliminates disruptive ground loops in measurement applications. The ultra-compact design inserts directly into the USB signal lines of existing medical applications - without additional components or software modifications. High retention USB connectors provide solid connections that won't pull loose easily. Operating temperature of -40 to 80°C adapts to a wide range of applications. Up LED indicates power supplied via upstream USB port. to 100mA of current to attached downstream devices. With USB bus powering, no external power is needed. Includes one-meter, Type A to Type B USB cable. Additional applications include industrial, in-vehicle, and point-of-sale.

Designing, customizing, and manufacturing products since 1981, B&B Electronics Manufacturing Co., Inc. provides industrial automation and device networking solutions. The company is known globally as a one-stop source for rugged, reliable data communication products, with full technical support, reputable customer service, and same-day shipping. For more information, call 815-433-5100 or visit www.bb-elec.com.

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