OTTAWA -- Looking to devise a new application in wireless, Canada's Zarlink Semiconductor Inc. is researching in-body antenna designs for so-called body area networks, the company said Tuesday (July 13).
Zarlink is conducting the research as part of the "Healthy Aims" European Union Framework VI project. The "Healthy Aims" program partners are developing a range of medical implants to help the ageing population and those with disabilities.
Body area networks enable wireless communication from implanted medical devices to a base station up to three meters away, allowing healthcare professionals to gather device performance and patient data.
Zarlink's research activity will focus on antenna design and ultra low-power communications systems for implanted devices, such as hearing aids and muscle stimulators. Work is underway at Zarlink's facility in Caldicot, South Wales.
"The rapidly growing area of in-body electronics requires power-conserving designs to extend product life and support increased functionality," said Martin McHugh, business development manager at Zarlink, in a statement. "Our work as part of the Healthy Aims project will help realize exciting new medical products and deepen our knowledge in ultra low-power design and wireless technology."