Biomedical SoC

Needs

 

Problems

  • Portable health monitoring (telehealth):
    • increased popularity of healthy lifestyle
    • ageing of the population
    • safety of people working in harsh and demanding conditions
    • safety of people working in remote and inaccessible locations
  • Wearable health monitoring device:
    • small size
    • low power consumption
 
  • Available solutions:
    • limited functionality (nowadays solutions mostly allow to monitor only one vital sign, typically heart rate)
    • large size
    • high power consumption
  • No flexible single-chip solution

Solution

 

Possible applications

 
  • HealthSoC – single-chip solution allowing:
    • measurement and processing of wide range of physiological parameters
    • low power
    • small size
    • simple device development
   
  • Analysis health parameters during sport
  • Monitoring people working in harsh and demanding conditions or in remote and inaccessible locations, such as: pilots, drivers, firefighters, miners, heavy machinery operators
  • Mobile elderly people monitoring
  • Mobile children monitoring
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Market

 Over last years we can observe continuous growth of the telehealth and the wearables market. The total market size of Smart Wearables in Healthcare is around 5 billion USD in 2015 and will grow to 41 billion USD in 2020 (according to Soreon Research Smart Wearable Helthcare Report 2014). This growth needs many technological innovations and the HealthSoC can be one of them.

Actual phase of project development

 The project is now on 4th Technology Readiness Level - TRL. Health monitoring System-on-Chip (BioSoC) developed in 130 nm CMOS technology was successfully manufactured and characterized during the NCBiR (The National Centre for Research and Development) project.

The BioSoC allows to

 

 

 
  • Monitor health parameters (fully integrated analog front-ends):
    • ECG
    • EMG
    • skin temperature and resistance
    • respiration rate
    • SpO2
  • Analyze health parameters (fully integrated 32-bit μP)
  • Communicate with outside word (using digital interfaces):
    • UART
    • SPI
    • I2C
   

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