Microcontrollers are particularly well-suited for wearable medical electronicss because they combine high enough programmability and performance at low enough power consumption and cost to make microcontroller-based products accessible to large numbers of patients.
Once low-power sensors are perfected, they’re expected to spread rapidly, not only in health applications – monitoring nursing home residents and intensive care unit patients, for instance – but also in areas such as office building energy management and environmental monitoring.
TI’s combination of low-voltage circuits, high-efficiency energy conversion and novel designs resulted in the world’s lowest-power EEG seizure detection chip, opening the door to lower-cost advanced therapy for many other debilitating conditions as well.
Ferroelectric random-access memory (FRAM) enables high speed, low power and a compact package, perfect for embedded medical electronics. Plus it’s deployed in the same way as any other memory technology, speeding development of next-generation medical applications.
TI innovations have enabled the emergence of portable ultrasound scanners, and now we’re curious to see the benefits that result as the scanners find their way into ambulances, third-world clinics and elsewhere.
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