Continuing discussion on Kinetis MCU family - Security is a keen feature there as well - in add'n to the AFE application specific nature of the K50. The Kinetis family offers these security features:
Hardware Random Number generator, Memory Protection Unit, Protected Flash Memory, Encrypted communication capability, Hardware Cryptographic acceleration, Unique chip identifier, Secure Key storage/Chip ID, Tamper detection/Secure RTC, and more -
Adding to the MCU discussion from earlier.. RE: MPU, Freescale is finding great success in it's i.MX product line as well - our multimedia processors. These are being used in various applications such as:
i.MX27/28 - Home Health Hubs
i.MX51/53/6X - Multiparameter patient monitors, EKG/ECG, Infusion Pump and Ultrasound
The i.MX product family (similar to that of Kinetis MCU) has some significant benefits in cost/performance - as well as Security features that make it a winner. Google i.MX and Trust Architecture.
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Re: Personalized Medicine example. My example of Dexcom (CGM) and Insulet OmniPod (Insulin Delivery) is one really good example of personalized medicine. Together they create the equivalent of an artificial pancreas... Pretty personal.
MCU's of interest include those based on ARM core technology - more so today than a year ago. The Kinetis K50 for example is a based on the 32bit ARM Corext M4 and employs a great analog front end designed specifically for Blood Glucose Metering for example.
Could be a long answer. Cancer therapy is one such dosing app. Measuring actual dose and immediate are is key. More prevalent? Again hard to say exactly but another is Drug/Device interaction and leveraging more device in the drug delivery.
Thanks for your answer about implantable materials to enclose electronics. I realize you may not be a materials expert. However, I was surprised that you mentioned titanium, but not implantable plastics, of which there are many. For example, polyethylenes, PEEK, and various composites in things like artificial spinal disks and bone anchors. Do you see an increase in use of these and other plastics for implantablre devices?
Great discussion. The healthcare industry has talked for several years about mobile health monitors, but product introduction and more importantly, acceptance and use have been slow. What has changed recently to make you beleive that this portable/mobile part of the segment is now poised for growth? follow on - Are new standards needed to accelerate this growth?
Using wireless chips and accessories, engineers can now extract data from the unlikeliest of places -- pumps, motors, bridges, conveyors, refineries, cooling towers, parking garages, down-hole drills and just about anything else that can benefit from monitoring.
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