BOSTON -- Freescale Semiconductor has expanded its offerings of reference designs and support tools for the consumer health and wellness markets.
At ESC Boston here the company is demoing Freescale technologies that enable OEMs develop ultra-low-power, portable and wireless medical products.
For one, an activity monitor reference design supports the ZigBee software stack and a complimentary Freescale USB stack that supports the personal healthcare device class (PHDC) and complies with industry standards.
The reference design is a non-invasive acquisition system incorporating a pedometer, electrocardiograph, food intake table, data storage, ZigBee transceiver, timer and a chronometer.
Biometric data IS saved and stored in the integrated Micro SD card reader. All documentation, hardware and software design files are provided to facilitate rapid prototyping.
In addition, the complementary MED-SPO2 application development tool, based on Freescale’s Tower Development System, is aimed for pulse oximetry development and implementation.
According to Freescale estimates and those by Databeans an estimated 4.3 million SpO2 systems are expected to be sold annually in 2013 and grow in subsequent years.
“The embedded market needs long-term product support for which we have introduced a formal product longevity program for the market segments we serve,” said Steve Dean, Freescale’s Medical Market Lead. “For the automotive and medical segments, Freescale will make a broad range of program devices available for a minimum of 15 years. For all other market segments we will make a broad range of devices available for a minimum of 10 years.
The MED-SPO2 development tool allows the medical device designer to evaluate the integrated measurement engine capabilities of the compatible Freescale microcontroller families which perform the required signal conditioning using integrated transimpedance and operational amplifiers.
The MED-SPO2 expansion board can also connect to Freescale’s TWR-K53N512, TWR-S08MM128 and TWR-MCF51MM Tower System platforms enabling the medical device designer to use Freescale 8- and 32-bit solutions and expand functionality using numerous Tower System peripheral modules like graphic and segment LCD, USB and Ethernet connectivity.
“Our latest offerings join a growing list of healthcare enablement products that enable OEMs to quickly and affordably serve the growing market of portable medical devices with wireless connectivity.” said Bruno Baylac, director of Metering, Medical and Connectivity Solutions for Freescale.
Freescale plans to offer the MED-SPO2 Tower System module for $59 and expects to begin taking orders for it in early Q4 2011. More information is available here.
the wireless ecg would be really successful sice this enables the wire free operation in the operation theatere. But this involves compact, battery operated ecg electrodes with an inbuilt wireless capabilities.
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