By Amit Nanda and Viren Ranjan, CypressEmbedded.com (05/27/09, 03:06:00 PM EDT)
In designing embedded devices for the variety of medical devices, selecting the right components to meet design specifications, keep costs down, maximize power efficiency, and manage the physical size of the device are only some of the factors to be considered.
If these weren't sufficient, developers must also guarantee device reliability while ensuring that the components used adhere to FDA rules.
One such FDA rule is that the components that comprise the medical device have to be in production for the next five years. Given these constraints, many developers are turning to System-on-Chip architectures to shorten design cycle time, reduce component count, and reduce product cost in medical applications.Figure 1: Blood glucose monitorFigure 2: Blood pressure monitor
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