Incredible Shrinking Medical Devices: Flash-Based Mixed-Signal and Low-Power FPGAs Address Portability and Miniaturization Trends

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Executive Summary

Increasing healthcare costs, the prevalence of chronic diseases, an aging "Baby boomer" community, and large emerging markets in countries such as China, India, and Brazil, are creating tremendous demand for affordable, robust, and reliable medical devices to improve the treatment and care of millions of patients worldwide, and to cure an increasing range of diseases. In turn, medical device designers are exploring new technologies from various industries to improve the diagnostic, monitoring, and therapeutic capabilities of next-generation devices. Today's medical instruments, from home-based and clinical applications to imaging devices, are often very complex and highly use-specific. However, in addition to their core elements, medical devices also include unique functional blocks to complete their task.

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