Comprehensive Microchip Medical and Fitness Portfolio Backed by Expertise of Future Electronics
The medical and fitness device market is currently in a time of revolutionary change. Many traditional medical devices have evolved into home health and fitness products. Devices previously used primarily in hospitals are now available for in-home use, worn on the body or even implanted in the body.
Who Can Purchase Medical Devices?
The demographic characteristics of people who purchase medical devices have also changed. Previously, medical device manufacturers only needed to focus their marketing efforts on committees of doctors and administrators who made the purchasing decisions. Today, they must also market their products to consumers, meeting their requirement for devices, which are:
- Portable or wearable
- More cost efficient
- Equipped with more powerful feature sets
- Easier to use
- Made for a longer battery life
- Reliable and can connect in several ways to smartphones and tablets
Experienced Medical Supplier and Distributor: An Effective Medical Partnership
Hundreds of medical and fitness device manufacturers have experienced the benefits of partnering with Microchip and Future Electronics to take their next-generation products from concept to market. Microchip and Future are committed to providing value-added solutions which spark innovation and enable OEMs to succeed.
Our Microchip portfolio for medical and fitness devices may be used to develop products such as:
- Consumer activity trackers
- Blood pressure meters
- Pulse oximeters
- Blood glucose meters
- Electrocardiogram (ECG) machines
- Patient monitors
- Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) machines
- Digital thermometers
- Iontophoresis devices
- Oxygen concentrators
The medical and fitness portfolio includes the following product types.
Low-Power Microcontrollers for Portable and Wearable Devices
Medical and fitness devices which are intended to be portable or wearable must be designed to consume very little power and, in some cases, to run for years on a single battery.
Based on eXtreme Low Power (XLP) technology, Microchip microcontrollers draw lower current than any other MCUs on the market in Run and Sleep modes, offering the longest battery life and helping designers to minimize the size of their products.
Microchip’s XLP technology features:
- Sleep currents of as little as 9nA, and Run current of as little as 30μA/MHz
- Lowest-power Sleep modes with flexible wake-up sources
- Industry-leading integrated USB, LCD, hardware encryption and mTouch® capacitive sensing peripherals operating at low power
- Consistent low-power features, peripherals and tools for ease of migration
- Longest battery life with robust and reliable features
- Most efficient performance across the battery voltage range
Microchip's award-winning technology covers a broad range of implementations for touch and other input sensing applications. Microchip offers both turnkey products requiring no code development and a plug-and-play solution, as well as proven, robust firmware which takes advantage of the company’s large PIC® MCU portfolio.
In addition to low-power touchpads and touchscreens, Microchip offers unique technologies such as metal-over-capacitive sensing, which enables products to have a completely waterproof stainless steel front panel.
Microchip’s 3D position and gesture-sensing products make it easy to add innovative human interfaces to any medical or fitness application.
Intelligent Analog PIC Microcontrollers
Analog design for medical and fitness devices tends to be difficult, and can consume precious development time. Microchip’s intelligent PIC MCUs integrate analog functions such as high-performance ADCs, DACs and operational amplifiers, providing easy-to-use interfaces which ease analog design.
The intelligent analog PIC MCUs enable the designer to:
- Eliminate the complicated task of debugging noise sources which reduce analog signal integrity. This results in reduced system noise and shorter design cycles.
- Remove the bottleneck of communicating to the MCU from the analog domain. This can result in a faster data path.
- Provide consistent analog performance which can be re-used from design to design, eliminating design rework. This can lower product cost and result in designs getting to market faster.
- Provide full software control of the analog domain through intelligent connections made inside the chip, thus simplifying board design.
- Enable a simplified design cycle, board space savings, faster throughput and better signal integrity.
Microchip’s scalable portfolio of PIC MCUs with analog functions ranges from low-cost and low-power 8- and 16-bit families, to the powerful dsPIC® Digital Signal Controllers, which offer high-performance digital control.
These MCUs may be used to implement single-chip applications for products such as glucose meters, blood pressure meters, portable ECG equipment, and pulse oximeters.
Support for Regulatory Compliance
Medical device manufacturers are constantly dealing with government regulatory issues. The regulatory burden can be substantially increased when a semiconductor supplier discontinues a product used in designs which are going through, or which have already gone through, the regulatory compliance process.
Microchip’s documented change control process and unmatched history of long product lifetimes offer stability which can help lighten the regulatory burden on medical device manufacturers.
No Compromise on Quality
A critical aspect of an electronic medical device’s reliability is the quality system used by the semiconductor supplier. Microchip’s culture embraces quality at every level.
The company’s quality systems and operations are periodically examined by independent outside auditors to verify conformance to the stringent standards of the International Standards Organization (ISO). Microchip’s strict adherence to the ISO/TS-16949 quality standard aligns well with the requirements of medical device manufacturers for stability and high reliability.
Microchip’s quality systems are designed to address the zero defects challenge for every product that it sells.
World-Class Global Support
In addition to hundreds of dedicated field applications engineers around the world at Microchip and Future Electronics, Microchip maintains a 24/7 global technical support line.
Medical and fitness device designers can also take advantage of technical seminars from Microchip Regional Training Centers, standard code libraries, medical reference designs and application notes. These resources support the needs of a large base of customers who produce a wide range of medical and fitness devices.
Medical and Fitness Application Design Center
Microchip provides an online medical and fitness design center which offers medical and fitness design ideas, solution information, application notes and other helpful resources.