According to the study, 88% of doctors in the United States track the patient's condition at home through portable medical devices such as blood glucose meters and heart rate monitors. According to statistics from Databeans, the company's home medical revenue in 2011 reached 19.1 billion US dollars. Although the overall revenue ratio is not high, it is growing steadily.
Portable medical equipment includes physiological blood pressure monitoring equipment such as electronic sphygmomanometer, electronic blood glucose meter, heart rate monitor, portable electrocardiograph, etc. Other large professional medical instruments such as ultrasound also begin to “compress” in volume. Portable products, which bring great convenience to doctors and patients.
Compared to consumer electronics, chips in medical devices are higher in technical thresholds and more stringent in terms of safety specifications for voltage, current or electrostatic protection. In addition, for traditional medical devices, size and power consumption are not one of the considerations, but for portable or wearable products, longer battery life and small circuit size are important factors. Any additional features must take into account power consumption, circuit size, and must have sufficient computing power. Even for some disposable chip-type products, the cost is extremely important.
These changes pose significant challenges for traditional medical device manufacturers, but they bring new business opportunities to semiconductor manufacturers. To meet these challenges, new semiconductor technologies are moving toward making medical devices smaller, lower power requirements, and cutting overall costs. The development of medical device chips presents four major trends: high integration, miniaturization, energy efficiency, and standardization.
For example, ADI has launched a series of medical product solutions for such needs, such as an eight-channel ultrasonic receiver with on-chip JESD 204B serial interface. Through this interface, ADI's AD9671 eight-channel receiver enables ultrasonic systems. I/O data routing is reduced by 80% compared to other data interface standards. This not only simplifies the board design in ultrasonic devices, but also meets the industry's need for higher data rates, more channel counts, and greater image resolution, allowing manufacturers to design compact, high-performance ultrasound systems. need.
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