Since my current research focus is on ultra-low power ADC design for medical implant devices, among which the pacemaker is a well-known implantable medical device, so I came up with such a question – What kind of ADC is really needed for pacemaker?
Before answering this question, it’s good to know some backgrounds of pacemaker.
As an “profits-driven” ordinary person, thinking of pacemaker, the first question came to my mind is not technical-related (:
1. How is the market of cardiac pacemaker?
From Medical New Today: “Cardiac Pacemakers Market To Reach $3.7 Billion By 2010, According To New Report By Global Industry Analysts, Inc.”
$3.7 billion, I’m not very sensitive to marketing figures. I will come back with further discussion after I turn to one of my friends who studies marketing for help.
We always hope that the products we’ve designed will possess a prosperous market, but who on the hell hopes that he/she will need a pacemaker to put into the body? Dilemma! However, there is one phenomenon that we can’t neglect – the aging global population, which ensures a steady growth of pacemaker market anyway.
I’m still not satisfied with the market of pacemaker, and I will investigate more about the medical implantable applications, some cool ones, which might be a fasion in the future!
2. When is the first implantable pacemaker developed?
3. Who did the first implantation into a human? When and where?
Dr. Åke Senning, in 1958, in Sweden.
4. Who, from which company, made this pacemaker?
Rune Elmqvist, from Elema-Schonander (which eventually became part of St. Jude Medical).