Electronic integration has been effectively used in medical devices for years, and today’s data driven environment is growing this sector significantly. The effectiveness of such devices depends on the robust design, engineering, and performance of not only the electronics themselves, but how they interact and fit within the device. Additionally, regulations for electronics in medical devices vary greatly from their non-electronic counterparts, and they vary from country to country as well.
SMC is prepared to help you through any obstacles that may arise in the design or management of electronics associated with your full device. Our in-house design expertise and electrical engineers will help you answer the difficult questions like: How do we manage over 100 components when designing the circuit board? How do we deal with obsolescence? How do we source and retest the new component? How will sterilization affect the electronics?
If your device also requires interface communications to another device like a smart phone, access point, or directly to the cellular network for communication to a distance location for remote monitoring, SMC can provide guidance through RF or IR links. For example, if using RF communications, International Standards and the desired international frequencies vary widely. Once the market assessment of location of use has been done, the RF protocol must be decided. This can vary from a completely dedicated design and proprietary protocol to one of the popular short distance communications protocols, mid-range communications or direct cellular connection. (See Figure 1)
SMC’s engineers have the answers and the resources to design the electronics into your device with considerations for international standards, interface requirements, and Regulatory compliance.
SMC can assist with:
- Design architecture (component selection, partitioning, make/buy)
- Schematic capture (system level and board level)
- PCB Layout
- Prototype board build and testing
- Battery life options
- RF and IR communications
- Embedded antenna
- Supply chain management of components
- Awareness of obsolescence
- Determine secondary source on components
- Component and process traceability
- Module testing, integration testing and complete system testing