New process for making sensor chips set to benefit medical devices sector

Taiwan’s National Applied Research Laboratories have unveiled a new process for integrating multiple functions onto a single computer chip that’s set to significantly streamline the development of tiny, connected smart devices. Researchers were busy showing off the new technology’s applications in mountain climbing and medical implants. Slipping during a mountain climb can lead to serious injury, but a new high-speed sensor chip promises to bring some additional peace of mind. When it detects a sudden movement, the chip automatically triggers an alarm while sending out location data, potentially saving rescuers precious time in the case of a mishap in the wilderness.The Chip Implementation Center at NARLabs claims its new integrated sensor technology can drastically shorten the development time of chips combining different specialized function modules. The models it is showing off can be used in luggage as anti-theft devices, and can also be used in medical applications. Juang Ying-zongNARLabs Chip Implementation CenterOur smart bone plate integrates a sensor chip that detects if the broken bone has healed, and let doctors access that information, in order to eliminate the risks of potentially falling.When embedded in a plate to hold broken bones in place, the chip can detect bone density, gauge the healing process, and even estimate the weight the bone can bear. Preventive treatment for elderly patients should benefit from the more precise diagnoses and treatment that the chip enables.Mr. ChiuConcerned IndividualWe didn’t have this type of thing before, so I’m still a bit worried about whether implanting this new thing could have an effect on the body.Though its price and reliability in medical applications are yet to be confirmed, the new chipmaking process promises to be a boon for Taiwan’s well-developed semiconductor and medical technology sectors.

Post time: Nov-15-2017


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