Monday, February 11, 2008

Diverging prescriptions

At last week’s ISSCC, I heard engineers in medical electronics pitch for just about every form of wireless networking imaginable.

Medtronic said it’s happy with the 400 MHz MICS standard for its implants. Toumaz Technology said it needs a custom design to hit its ultra low cost and power targets. A UC researcher said he needs high bandwidth to capture brain signals and that is leading him to ultrawideband. Another academic said he needs to resolve underlying issues of capturing individual signals before he can even consider wireless.

This diversity does not bode well for an emerging IEEE effort to set standards for body area networks that hopes to embrace not only medical but consumer uses as well. The good news is there is plenty of room for technology development and adoption where medical meets wireless.

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