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The power of ASICs for implantable devices, illustrated by an ultrasmall ‘migraine implant’ and an energy-harvesting pacemaker


An application-specific chip, as opposed to standard components, has the potential to make a medical device smaller, smarter, more energy-efficient and high-performing, and it offers better IP protection. This is perfectly illustrated by two recent customer projects from imec.IC-link, the division of imec that helps companies with their ASIC development: the peripheral nerve stimulation device from Capri medical and the pacemaker from CAIRDAC.