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NanoWattICs Establishes Working Relationship with Rosellini Scientific to Develop Suite of Neurostimulation Devices

ASIC designer NanoWattICs (Uruguay) and Rosellini Scientific (Dallas, TX) have announced they have entered into a collaborative relationship for the development of a suite of neurostimulation devices comprising implantable, wireless and non-invasive technologies.  From the press release: Rosellini Scientific, LLC (“Rosellini Scientific”; Dallas, TX, USA) and NanoWattICs SRL (“NanoWattICs”; Montevideo, UY) are pleased to formally announce

 
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Micro Systems Technologies Offers Active Implantable Medical Device Development/Manufacturing Services

Micro Systems Technologies (MST) is the vertically-integrated supplier of microelectronics and implantable-grade components to Biotronik.  It now offers its development and manufacturing services to others. Through its companies, MST offers high-reliability microelectronic modules for implantable medical devices such as pacemakers, defibrillators, neurostimulators, and cochlear implants. MST can provide integrated solutions encompassing everything from conceptual design through high-volume

 
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Nanowattics: Ultra-Low-Power ASIC Design for Implantable Devices

 Nanowattics was founded in 2007 to provide development services of ultra-low-power application-specific integrated circuits (ASICs) for safety-critical applications. Nanowattics’ core team is extremelly experienced in the design of ASICs for implantable medical devices.  Their designs include the main ASIC for a DDDR pacemaker,  a sub-microvolt differential amplifier for electroneurographic signal acquisition, and the chipset for a

 
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Reliability Analysis of Active Implantable Medical Devices

We conduct reliability analyses for our implantable devices on a continued basis.  I’ve spent the last few days readying the data for this period’s analysis, and thought that  a short primer on how this is actually done would be of interest to fellow engineers who may need it at some point. You surely have heard

 
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EBR System’s Wireless Pacemaker

EBR Systems, Inc., founded in 2003 and headquartered in Sunnyvale, CA, is developing the WiCS® Wireless Cardiac Stimulation technology to eliminate cardiac pacing leads, historically a major source of complications and reliability issues.  The startup was spun out of research by founder Debra Echt, a former professor of medicine and a cardiologist at Vanderbilt University.

 
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Indian Pacemaker Companies: Shree Pacetronix and MediVed

Shree Pacetronix Ltd., was founded in Pithampur, Dist. Dhar, India in 1988.  In 1993 the company was converted to a Public Limited Company. The company is listed on the Bombay Stock Exchange and regional exchanges. Pacetronix’s website shows EC type certificates for its Pinnacle SSIR (model 297), Pinnacle SSI (model 8820), Charak DDD (model ND 747), and Akash VDD (model

 
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CCC Medical – Top OEM to AIMD Start-Ups

CCC is one of the oldest pacemaker manufacturers in the world. It was founded in 1969 by Dr. Orestes Fiandra, who performed the first succesful, human, long-term pacemaker implant in the world. This was achieved in Uruguay on February 2, 1960 by Dr. Orestes Fiandra and Dr. Roberto Rubio. The pacemaker was manufactured by Dr. Rune Elmqvist of

 
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MTC’s Piezos Used for Wireless Power Transmission in EBR’s Wireless Pacemaker

Morgan Technical Ceramics (MTC) announced that its Bedford, Ohio site manufactures the piezoelectric ceramic materials used in EBR Systems, Inc.’s innovative new WiCS® Wireless Cardiac Stimulation System. The PZT (lead zirconate titanate) material made by MTC is critical to the efficiency of the WiCS system, which is powered by a battery with a 10-year lifespan.

 
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ST Microelectronics Developing Implantable SOCs

Medical Product Manufacturing News announced that ST Microelectronics is developing ultra-low-power Systems On Chip (SOCs) suitable for implantable medical devices.  ST Microelectronics’ 65nm features a Vt of only 0.6V that can be used very near threshold.  The REISC processor consumes barely 10.8pJ/cycle at 0.6V.  This type of technology will certainly enable many new implantable devices

 
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Development and Test of MRI-Safe Implantable Devices

The November issue of Evaluation Engineering carried an article by Tom Lecklider on the amount of work invested by Medtronic to develop and test the Revo MRI pacemaker system.  The article is available on-line at Evaluation Engineering (Click here for direct link to the November 2011 issue).

 
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