New design techniques enable extremely reliable medical devices
For pacemakers and other implantable medical devices there are three key factors: extreme reliability, small size, and long longevity. In the EU project Desyre, researchers tackle these issues with a new approach: building a reliable system on unreliable components.
Ioannis Sourdis, Assistant Professor in Computer Engineering at Chalmers, is the project leader of DeSyRe (on-Demand System Reliability).
“We focus on the design of future highly reliable Systems-on-Chips that consume far less power than other designs for high reliability systems,” he says. ”This approach allows by design devices that combine high reliability with small batteries and state-of-the-art longevity. It is perfect for safety-critical applications such as in implantable medical devices, for example pacemakers or deep brain stimulators that treat Parkinson’s disease”.
Last modified: March 14, 2012