Cambridge Consultants has designed a new “control and communications” radio architecture for in-body medical diagnostic devices, titled SubQore. From the press release:
Cambridge Consultants’ design combines exceptional power economy with great flexibility. In a typical pacemaker for example, SubQore would deliver more than 10 years of activity from a lithium cell. But it’s equally capable of meeting short-term requirements for high volumes of data, in a swallowable video imaging device for example.
Extreme attention to power economy has been applied throughout the design, both to consumption in the transceiver architecture, as well as the power-saving algorithms that are employed to wake up and control the device.
The SubQore radio operates in the 402-405 MHz ‘MICS’ (Medical Implant Communications Service) frequency band – compatible with new FCC and ETSI standards – and offers a communications range of 6 feet/2 metres when implanted under the skin.
Among the applications that Cambridge Consultants sees for high-performance/long-lifecycle MICS devices are implantable pacemakers, defibrillators, remote telemonitors, orthopaedic devices, pump controllers, nerve stimulators and swallowable imaging and diagnostic systems.
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