Freescale Semiconductor has created dedicated microcontrollers with analog front ends so that devices can be designed with just a single chip. Look for system-on-chip (SoC) solutions to space-age medical application (see photo below) over the next few years. R.C.J.
Freescale Semiconductor announced five microcontrollers for medical applications at the Embedded Systems Conference, promising a system-on-chip approach to handheld medical device operation. Ultralow-current modes in the Flexis MCUs allow up to five-year battery lifetimes, the company said. Freescale also guarantees that it will manufacture the chips for 15 years to support the long product life spans of medical devices.
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