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Current, future trends in medical electronics

Posted: 04 Aug 2009 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

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Key trends driving the medical electronics market are aging populations, rising health care costs around the globe, and the need for access to medical diagnosis and treatment in remote and emerging regions and in our own homes. The different world economies will continue to drive trends in these areas and others for years to come. Consequently, some of the key concerns medical electronics manufacturers face today lie in the areas of portability and miniaturization, connectivity, safety, data security and quality, and reliability.

An important trend over the next decade will be the proliferation of portable medical electronics equipment. Making power management decisions early in the design cycle will help define system-level trade-offs that may be necessary to meet portability and runtime targets. Smaller portable medical products may use disposable batteries, while larger systems might leverage various rechargeable battery chemistries and battery pack sizes. Features such as dynamic power path management (DPPM) permit the system to draw power independently of the battery charging path. This allows a device with completely discharged batteries to be used as soon as it is plugged in, rather than waiting for the batteries to recharge. This could be life-saving in emergency situations.

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