The next generation of wearable, implantable and ingestible devices needs to transfer data in a secure, low-power, and user-friendly way. This is how imec helps you to overcome that challenge.
As the domain of connected health solutions keeps expanding from wearables to ingestibles, insertables and implantables, the challenge of establishing that connectivity continuously increases. Here are some factors to consider when you’re developing an innovative on- and especially in-body medical device that needs to communicate with the outside world:
Moreover, there’s a trend in the medical device market that you can’t afford to ignore: compatibility with standard wireless devices. Easy data transfer to a smartwatch or smartphone allows patients to check the status of their wearable or implantable, set alarms and easily transfer the data to their doctor.
Taking all that into account, imec currently focuses on Bluetooth as an excellent wireless technology for medical devices. We also have an extensive portfolio of other ultra-low-power wireless IP for on-body and in-body communication. And we’re investigating the possibilities of ultra-wide band for these kinds of applications.
Bluetooth is a household name, a proven technology and a standard component of just about every smart product on the market. So it makes sense to use it as the wireless technology for your medical device. However, standard Bluetooth radios are not suited for use in implantable or ingestible sensors – because of the strict limits these devices impose on volume and power consumption.
Imec’s most recent BLE radio achieves:
This makes it ideally suited for in-body applications. Because of its low bill of materials, it’s a great fit for low-cost solutions such as leave-behind sensors and disposables. And thanks to technologies like secure distance bounding, it can be secured against hacking threats such as relay attacks.
Want to equip your medical device with Bluetooth? Imec gladly supports you with radio-transceiver IP that can be customized for your application.
Download our white paper on technologies for next-generation implantable devices.
In various international spectrum allocations, the 400-MHz band is accepted for the transmission of data to and from medical implants. The advantages of this low-frequency band for in-body communication are obvious:
Imec houses a wide range of ULP wireless expertise under one roof. That includes system and algorithm design, DSP, digital and analog/RF IC design, feasibility studies, RF measurement and experimental evaluation.
Ask for our IP for ULP wireless solutions such as:
As a world-leading R&D center for nano- and digital technology, imec is a trusted source for the IP you need to build your wireless solution. But we can help you in additional ways to accelerate the development of your groundbreaking solution: