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Aug 14, 2018

The opportunities and challenges that medical electronics bring to the embedded systems market


With the beginning of the Chinese government's medical reform and the growing awareness of national health care, CCID Consulting predicts that the compound annual growth rate of China's portable medical electronics market will exceed 30% in the next three years, and its market scale will rapidly expand from 8 billion yuan in 2006. To 28 billion yuan in 2011. In the face of huge market opportunities, domestic medical electronics companies face many difficulties: strong foreign medical electronics giants have been completed in China, domestic medical electronics lack entry barriers, no relevant standards, and core technologies such as certification bodies and medical biosensors. Lack of security and risk management. So how do domestic electronics companies respond?


 The author participated in the 2009 China International Medical Electronics Conference held in Shenzhen in April this year. The conference attracted representatives from industry, academia and research institutes. Especially worthy of attention is from Intel, TI, ADI, Xilinx, Actel, Microsoft, Wind River and EVOC. The electronic component suppliers, system vendors, and software experts of the embedded system are very neatly present, from the architecture, reliability, and specific medical product development to local medical electronics manufacturers to help them seize opportunities, meet challenges, and develop The medical electronics market, which is rare under the financial crisis, shows that medical electronics is a widely used application area for embedded system manufacturers. Recently, Academician Xu Juyan pointed out at the Embedded Systems Association IC Symposium that medical electronics is important because human needs ultimately improve the quality of life, especially when the entire human race has entered the age of aging. He hopes that domestic integrated circuits and embedded systems companies will pay attention to this industry.


Portable medical electronics is the entry point


 Portable medical products and medical information products are the highlights of domestic embedded system manufacturers entering the medical electronics market. CCID Consulting pointed out at the China International Medical Electronics Conference that in addition to Mindray, there are still very few domestic manufacturers of medical devices. Even if foreign manufacturers include Yuanyuan, they do not occupy a majority share of the market, and 48% of the market has yet to be developed. There are many opportunities for domestic medical electronics manufacturers, as shown in Figure 1. After 20 years of development, domestic embedded system applications have reached a considerable level and scale, especially in consumer electronics and computer information products, such as our mobile phones. The mass production of media players, GPS, netbooks, computers and home appliances has brought advantages in the procurement of semiconductor components and processing. For example, the popularity of mobile phones (especially large screens) makes it very easy and cheap to use a 3-5 inch high-precision touch screen for handheld industrial meters, which used to be monochromatic characters and grayscale screens; A wide range of ARM MCUs, especially high-performance, low-power, next-generation MCUs represented by the Cortex M3, enabling portable embedding based on ARM, embedded operating systems, and standard peripherals such as USB, CAN, Ethernet, ... The system is more standardized, miniaturized and energy efficient. Of course, traditional embedded system chip vendors, with their integration advantages in biosensors, power management and MCU/DSP, still have obvious advantages in medical electronics, such as TI's MSP430-based blood glucose meter and oximeter solution.


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