Freescale Introduces Healthcare Analog Front End Reference Platform

  Freescale Introduces Healthcare Analog Front End Reference Platform

Comprehensive platform, with hardware, schematics and software, helps decrease
development time for healthcare applications

Electronica China

Business Wire

SHANGHAI -- March 18, 2013

The global proliferation of portable medical devices is making medical
technology more accessible to consumers and transforming the healthcare
industry by providing previously unavailable technology to end users, often in
their own home. Medical device manufacturers are facing the challenges of the
consumer marketplace including its price sensitivity and time-to-market
pressure. To help simplify product development, reduce cost and speed time to
market, Freescale Semiconductor (NYSE: FSL) is introducing a Healthcare Analog
Front End (AFE) reference platform that includes hardware, schematics and
software for easy prototyping.

The Freescale Healthcare AFE reference platform is a highly integrated HW/SW
development platform, t ...

The Freescale Healthcare AFE reference platform is a highly integrated HW/SW
development platform, that helps reduce system cost, board size and
complexity. The platform is built around the Kinetis K53 MCU which includes an
integrated analog front end (AFE) featuring everything needed to capture
biometric sensor data. The integrated AFE contains a precise voltage
reference, four high performance amplifiers and two high-resolution ADC and
DAC modules. (Photo: Business Wire)

The global medical device industry is growing rapidly and is expected to reach
$228 billion by 2015, up from $164 billion in 2010, according to a recent
industry research report by Espicom. According to Gartner, portable consumer
medical devices, such as blood glucose monitors, blood pressure monitors,
insulin pumps and heart rate monitors, represent the fastest-growing segment
in that market.

“The continued consumerization of healthcare is putting significant pressure
on the medical device engineering community,” said Steven Dean, director of
vertical solutions marketing at Freescale. “These engineers are expected to
complete designs in a few months, and they appreciate anything vendors like
Freescale can do to make the process easier and faster. Our
healthcare-specific AFE reference platform allows engineers and external
design firms to more easily prototype products and complete more projects in a
shorter timeframe.”

Reducing development costs

The Freescale Healthcare AFE reference platform is a highly integrated HW/SW
development platform, that helps reduce system cost, board size and
complexity. The platform is built around the Kinetis K53 MCU which includes an
integrated analog front end (AFE) featuring everything needed to capture
biometric sensor data. The integrated AFE contains a precise voltage
reference, four high performance amplifiers and two high-resolution ADC and
DAC modules.

The reference platform, which is based on Freescale’s Tower System, includes
the software and hardware needed to demonstrate or prototype an
electrocardiograph (ECG), heart rate monitor, pulse oximeter, blood glucose
monitor, blood pressure monitor, spirometer or a Doppler ultrasound
stethoscope. Application specific plug in boards allow the user to choose
their application and level of integration. The six boards in the reference
platform include:

  *MED-BPM for blood pressure monitors
  *MED-STETH for digital stethoscopes and fetal heart rate monitors
  *MED-EKG for EKG, heart rate monitoring
  *MED-SPI for spirometry
  *MED-SP02 for pulse oximetry
  *MED-GLU for glucometry

For customers that require higher performance and precision analog
functionality Freescale has partnered with Linear Technology to offer specific
plug in boards. The boards feature several high performance precision
Operational Amplifiers for those customers who require or prefer an external
analog solution.

“We are excited to collaborate with Freescale on this healthcare specific
platform,” said Erik Soule, vice president, Signal Conditioning Products at
Linear Technology. “Freescale’s powerful microcontroller technology in
combination with Linear’s precision, high performance op amps provides
designers of medical instrumentation with easy to use components for a range
of medical equipment.”

Schematics and source code for all the applications are provided via the
included DVD or can be found on the web at
http://www.freescale.com/healthcareAFE.

Commitment to the healthcare device marketplace

Freescale is committed to the healthcare device marketplace and providing the
technical infrastructure with the highest level of support in the IC industry.
Freescale demonstrates continued leadership through its participation in the
technical working group of the Continua Health Alliance, its Medical Center of
Excellence focused on developing new technologies and a strong ecosystem of
partners. In addition, the Freescale Product Longevity program offers
availability of a broad range of devices for the medical segment for a minimum
period of 15 years. For Terms and Conditions and to obtain a list of available
products please see: www.Freescale.com/productlongevity.

Availability

Although not available for purchase, the Healthcare AFE reference platform is
available through Freescale sales representatives. For a demonstration and
access to the reference platform, contact your local Freescale sales office.
Visit http://www.freescale.com/healthcareAFE to jump start your next
healthcare application.

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About Freescale Semiconductor

Freescale Semiconductor is a global leader in embedded processing solutions,
providing industry leading products that are advancing the automotive,
consumer, industrial and networking markets. From microprocessors and
microcontrollers to sensors, analog integrated circuits and connectivity - our
technologies are the foundation for the innovations that make our world
greener, safer, healthier and more connected. Some of our key applications and
end-markets include automotive safety, hybrid and all-electric vehicles, next
generation wireless infrastructure, smart energy management, portable medical
devices, consumer appliances and smart mobile devices. The company is based in
Austin, Texas, and has design, research and development, manufacturing and
sales operations around the world. http://www.freescale.com.

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Semiconductor, Inc.

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Freescale Semiconductor
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Andy North, 512-996-4418
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or
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Gloria Shiu, (85-22) 666-8237
gloria.shiu@freescale.com
or
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Laurent Massicot, +33 (0)1 69 10 48 05
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or
India:
Anjali Srivastava, (91-120) 395-0000
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or
Japan:
Hiroyasu Oya, (81-3) 5437-9444
hiroyasu.oya@freescale.com
 
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