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Wire bonding
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10/16/2009   Post a comment
Wire bonding is one of the methods used to deliver dense boards for implants
Laser welding
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The titanium can is sealed by a laser welder, one of the few automated processes in the final assembly stage.
In the can
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The pc-board is then folded and inserted into a titanium container.
Some assembly required
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Technicians attach a battery and lead wires to each implant by hand.
Tiny hybrids
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Imran describes the unique—hybrid, dense and flexible--nature of the printed circuit boards used in implants.
Welcome to the foundry
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Mir Imran, developer of one of the first implantable defibrillators, opened the doors of his Silicon Valley company Modulus to show how implants are made.
EB7
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Today's engineers rarely see breadboard prototyping with discrete components and soldering irons the way Bakken did for his early designs.
EB6
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Bakken, who uses his own products, says he downloads data from it one every 2-3 weeks. Future devices may report information to uses via their cellphones.
EB5
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The first pacemaker had external controls, something that turned out to be a hazard for children who used it. A second generation had child-proof settings.
EB4
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The first external pacemaker was designed in four weeks in 1957 using a circuit diagram sketched on an envelope, something regulators at the FCC would not allow today.
EB3
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A control circuit handling delivery of about 1,000 Ohms to the heart was a risk. If it failed the patient could fibrillate.
EB2
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Earl Bakken talks about a blocking oscillator used to controller a neon bulb flasher which consumed half the current of his first external pacemaker to reassure patients and nurses the device was working
Watching you walk
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Sensors that clip on an elderly person's shoes could monitor their gait, helping to prevent debilitating falls.
Watching you sleep
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10/13/2009   Post a comment
A wireless monitor worn at home can check for sleep apnea with as much accuracy as more complex and expensive systems now used only in clinics.
ESC UK: MicroPanel
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10/10/2009   Post a comment
A panel on the future of microelectronics at this year’s ESC in Farnborough discussed everything from education and the future of design, to the outcome and benefits to the industry of the Intel vs. ARM battle now raging.
Medical Systems: Trends and Opportunities
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10/9/2009   Post a comment
Panelists discuss trends and opportunities in medical systems at ESC Boston 2009. TechOnline's Patrick Mannion leads the discussion.
ESC Boston: T.J. Rodgers' Keynote address
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10/9/2009   Post a comment
T.J. Rodgers, CEO of Cypress Semiconductor, delivers the keynote address at ESC Boston on Sept. 23, 2009.
ESC Boston: Robert Brunner Keynote
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Robert Brunner's keynote at the Embedded Systems Conference Boston in 2009.
Intel vs. ARM: Experts speak out
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10/7/2009   Post a comment
Hot off a panel at ESC Farnborough (UK), Tony King-Smith, VP of marketing for Imagination, elaborated on his comments concerning Intel vs. ARM for embedded and why that struggle is a win--for everyone else!


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