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I am an RF Engineer that designs electronics microchips and wireless circuits.  What job boards can I visit to maximize my job search for job opportunities with medical device companies?


Thank you, Steven, for a great session and thanks to our audience for listening today.


@ panjak -

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 -


@ panjak

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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I'll be at Vegas at the HIMSS show on Thursday.  Seek me out there if you're attending for a more personal discussion.




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.


@ Chuck -

Keywords for Verizon deal:  Verizon, Motorola Mobility, BoxTone - should hit #1

@ panjak -

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. 


Steve: One of our readers below asked for a link to the Verizon article that you mntioned. Can you name a few key words that might be used to search for this article on Google?


I would like to understand the implication on "personalized medicine" when we discuss imbeded systems.

Could you site one example whereby this aspect is enabled by imbedded systems.


@ Ron -

Insulin inhalers and drug injection is a large and growing area of interest

@ Ron -

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.



I do see acceptance for MBAN.  "Wide" - a little early to tell. 

Where do you see the move to implantable drug delivery technologies and potential for closing the loop on continuous monitoring and adjusting dosing accordingly?

Is there one therapeutic area that you see more prevalnet than others?

How do you see same technologies as applied to cancer therapy ?


@ Ann -

Correct.  I'm a materials guy but know for example polyethylenes and other materials are good.  Depends on the appliccation.  I DO SEE increase in plastics use!

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?


OK...  Now on chat.  let me get to some of these!


Do you see wide acceptance or designs for MBAN (Medical Body Area Network) 802.15.16 wireless radio 


Hi Steve,

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?




I would imagine personal medical devices opens a much larger market than devices sold to medical facilities. Is the volume of medical devices going to surge with these new personal devices?


Implantable monitoring devices- how do you see the trend. A CGM device for example are gaining more acceptance. How do you foresee the regulatory challenges around these devices ?

Also, what do you see as the major challenges around CGM or antibody monitoring and biomarkers monitoring?


What about biocompatibility of the materials? What materials work best for implantable embedded devices like defibrillators or pacemakers? What research is being done to improve these?


link for ap article that was mentioned? the verizon deal? 


Hi Ron - The Radio Show will not be webcasted, it is a live show, and it will also be available for on-demand viewing as an archive after today. Thanks for your interest in our show today!


Hi Jeff, thanks for your interest in this Radio Show. It does not have a video feed.



Is there a video feed for this?


Hi Chuck. Looking forward to the show.



Hello Chuck.  I'm here


Will this be webcasted ?

If so, please provide the link.

The streaming audio player will appear on this web page when the show starts at 2pm eastern today. Note however that some companies block live audio streams.


which type of processors are being used and how are they advancing for these medical devices

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