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ResMed collaborates with ST to address sleep apnea

Posted: 08 Nov 2010 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:32bit microcontroller? sleep apnea? medical electronics? MEMS?

"Second is the products we are customizing either by software, like microcontrollers, and we have developed key specific products that can also be applied to biomedical: drivers, products in communications infrastructure, like Bluetooth, Zigbee, NFC, RFID. There is also a third category, which is dedicated to the biomedical [applications], which are of course lab-on-a-chip, the insulin pump, some of the sensors for the glaucoma [tester].

"So there are three layers of products... I believe that not many companies can compete on the breadth of product, application and technology."

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"We develop generic but most of the time we try to do it with a partner," said Guibert, referring to the development of biomedical-specific components. "We have a strong track record of partnership success for the past 30 years, and we expect to apply that also to the biomedical world."

STMicroelectronics plans to emphasize R&D to "fine-tune some of the standard products that apply to biomedical, develop microcontrollers, choose software and even capability to suit medical equipment."

"And then," added Guibert, "Some of our product groups have divisions that develop specific applications like MEMS, the insulin pump, glaucoma sensor and so on. There is no specific organization to do so but each of the product groups, based on its experience, IP, capability and technology, can develop even specific products. So there is no group for biomedical. We extract this capability from the groups to get products that are standard, specific or even dedicated."

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