Databeans was recently sited in Medical Electronic Advice Solutions (MEDS) for our recently released semiconductors for medical electronics report regarding design and market growth. For more information read below or check out our semiconductor industry reports.
Semiconductor Design Choice and Market Growth
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So among all these semiconductor suppliers, is there a clear winner? Choosing a chip to design a medical device is a complex process. According to design consulting firms Sterling Smartware and LogicPD, who specialize in medical product design, features and power requirements are the key factors in selecting semiconductors for medical devices. Additionally, life cycle management and supply chain management are important, as medical products do not change as fast as consumer products and require longterm vendor support. BCS Innovations, another design consulting company with offices in the U.S. and Australia, further suggested that the design cycle should cover component selection, design process and production support (with ISO 13485 certification) to be able to yield high-quality medical devices. “As users demand portability and more compact design, component counts and production processes such as package-on-package should be part of the design process,” suggested David Bull, CEO of BCS Innovations. (Package-on-package is a manufacturing process in which two chips are stacked together like a high-rise building to reduce space.)
Semiconductors have enabled medical electronic device reductions in size, cost and power consumption while boasting significant increases in overall performance. “Thanks to the semiconductor development, consumers can now buy pulse oximeters, blood pressure meters, blood glucose meters and bathroom scales for well under $50,” according to Chris Griffith, Medical Business Development Manager of Texas Instruments. “And further integration of more functions on a single chip is expected in the future.” “There will be integration of wireless, configurable analog and embedded processing power on-chip enabling designers more flexibility in design,” commented Steve Dean, Global Healthcare Segment Lead of Freescale.
Expect to see device developers continue to race to bring new products to market putting more functions into more compact designs. The demand for medical electronic devices will continue to be strong not only in the U.S. but in many other regions such as Asia and Europe. The ongoing challenges will be designing products that are easy to use by non-technical users, and that these devices will be able to connect to each other and share data securely and reliably with ease. This is easier said than done.
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