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New standards address medical device interoperability, single bridge LAN applications, and more

8 September 2010

IEEE Std. 11073-30400-2010,
released June 2010

The Health Informatics-Point-of-Care Medical Device Communication—Part 30400: Interface Profile-Cabled Ethernet standard addresses the application of the Ethernet family (IEEE 802.3) of protocols used in medical device communications. The new standard covers specifications and requirements with a focus on how to control costs and ease interoperability.


IEEE Std. 802.1Qau-2010,
released April 2010

The IEEE Standard for Local and Metropolitan Area Networks—Virtual Bridged Local Area Networks Amendment 13: Congestion Notification specifies the protocols, procedures, and managed objects (devices that can be operated) that help handle congestion in long-lived data flows in networks of limited-bandwidth-delay products. Data center networks and backplane fabrics use applications that depend on the delivery of data packets with a lower latency and much lower probability of packet loss than is typical of IEEE 802 Virtual LAN bridged networks. This amendment covers how to use a single bridged LAN for these applications as well as for traditional LAN applications.

The following are from IEEE and the American National Standards Institute:

IEEE/ANSI C63.15-2010,
released May 2010

The American National Standard Recommended Practice for the Immunity Measurement of Electrical and Electronic Equipment covers products with a frequency range of 30 hertz to 10 gigahertz. It includes methods that manufacturers should use to ensure their products are reliable and have greater immunity than is required by U.S. law. Immunity is the ability of devices, equipment, or systems to perform without degradation in the presence of an electromagnetic disturbance.


IEEE/ANSI N42.47-2010,
released April 2010

The American National Standard for Measuring the Imaging Performance of X-ray and Gamma-ray Systems for Security Screening of Humans applies to systems used to detect objects carried on or in a person’s body. The purpose is to provide standard methods of measuring and reporting imaging characteristics and to establish minimum acceptable performance requirements.

For more information on these and other standards, visit the IEEE Standards Association Web site.

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