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Freescale, Monebo tip ECG-on-a-chip solution

Posted: 05 Aug 2008 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:heart monitoring platform? ECG-on-a-chip? microprocessors?

Freescale Semiconductor and Monebo Technologies have forged a partnership to deliver a comprehensive platform for medical equipment using electrocardiogram (ECG) technology. The "ECG-on-a-chip" solution combines Monebo's Kinetic ECG software with Freescale's embedded processing technology to enable medical equipment manufacturers to develop easy-to-use ECG monitoring tools.

ECG monitors are vital tools used by health care providers to help identify cardiac conditions and monitor a patient's health.

"Individuals affected by many forms of cardiovascular disease often go untreated, as they're either unaware they have the condition or have misgivings about traditional treatments available," said Jose Fernandez Villasenor, M.D., global medical applications specialist at Freescale. "Breakthrough silicon and software technologies from companies like Freescale and Monebo are making it easier and more cost-effective to monitor heart patients using a critical and widely understood testthe ECG."

To help health care professionals assess cardiac parameters, Monebo Technologies has developed the Kinetic ECG algorithm, which enables signal processing and interpretation of the ECG waveform. The algorithm provides highly accurate QRS (Q wave, R wave and S wave) detection and feature extraction, beat classification, interval measurement and rhythm interpretation for up to 16 leads of captured ECG data.

Monebo's Kinetic software runs on a broad range of Freescale microprocessors (MPUs) and MCUs. These processing platform options give developers freedom of choice for their ECG applications, based on their performance, operating power, integration and system cost needs.

"Based on our unique software algorithms and Freescale's processing platforms, we have the technology to provide detailed information to the clinician, enabling physicians to monitor heart patients from a remote location and also analyze and interpret ECG data from any device, including those used for pharmaceutical clinical trials," said Dale Misczynski, president and CEO of Monebo Technologies.

Faster time to market
Today's medical device designers face the challenge of creating increasingly more complex products and bringing these products to market faster. The pairing of the Kinetic algorithm with Freescale processors enables designers to add advanced ECG monitoring functionality and get to market quickly. Freescale's embedded MPUs and MCUs contain the necessary integration to add innovative technology to next-generation medical devices, and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) 510(k) clearance on the Kinetic algorithm streamlines end-device regulatory filings.

The Monebo software can be combined with key products in Freescale's MCU and embedded MPU portfolio, including 8bit HCS08, 16bit digital signal controller (DSC), 32bit ColdFire, PowerQUICC and i.MX devices. The overall benefits of this combined hardware/software solution include:

Faster time-to-market: By streamlining FDA validation and reducing development time

Scalability: medical device designers can develop optimal designs based on the unique capabilities of Freescale embedded processors and Monebo software

Lower development costs: The ECG-on-a-chip solution is thoroughly tested and validated and provides a "one-stop shop" approach for medical designers.

"Freescale believes consumers can monitor their health more effectively if they have access to medical devices that are embedded into their daily lives," said Henri Richard, senior VP and chief sales and marketing officer at Freescale. "Freescale technology helps broaden the ECG medical device market by speeding time-to-market, offering best-in-class hardware and reducing system cost. Ultimately, ECG-on-a-chip solutions will result in new generations of ECG products designed to help improve the quality of life for millions of people affected by cardiovascular disease."

The ECG-on-a-chip solution is suitable for a wide spectrum of applied technology, such as event recording, bedside patient monitoring, pharma, monitors to aid in cardiac rehabilitation, home medical and health and fitness.

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