This was the third and final BIOMEDevice that Samtec participated in this year, and we wrapped it up with a bang. Samtec displayed a wide range of its products at its booth all the while presenting in panel discussion and leading a Lunch and Learn.
Steve Groothuis (Groot), Samtec’s Chief Technology Officer for Samtec Microelectronics, lead a panel discussion on the role of smart sensors in the rollout and application of of wearable devices throughout the healthcare industry.
The panelist highlighted how sensors are advancing the internet of things applications, wearable devices, sensors for in-home monitoring, and sensors for smart drug technologies.
Among this, Groot discussed Samtec’s involvement with DNA Sequencing Devices, Implantables, Endoscopes, implantable blood pressure sensors, audio sensors, monitors, and more.
Lunch and Learn with Samtec
Groot also gave a Lunch and Learn presentation for Samtec discussing, “Successfully Integrating New Chips, Packages, and Modules.”
The Lunch and Learn covered the beginnings of the packaging industry and how it plays into medical wearable technology, and how Samtec fits into that world. The medical wearable world is projected to reach over $24 billion by 2022.
Advanced packaging techniques was also discussed and how they are enabling manufacturers to take the products smaller (more capabilities with a smaller footprint). For example, by utilizing a Fan-Out Wafer Level Package you can reduce the size and cost of your system.
Companies can also leverage existing technology, think COTS parts, to develop a new form factor until a need arises for application specific products to be developed. A good example of this is how smart watch manufacturers used existing sensors to build the first versions of their watches, and now Apple, for example, has a sensor department almost as large as the engineering staff for the iWatch.
There are several companies already jumping into the field of medical wearables making everything from heart monitors, insulin monitors, implantable retinal prostheses, and epilepsy management monitors.
The medical wearables world is only going to continue to grow, and it is important to stay up on those technology waves. One of the ways a company can stay abreast of this movement is by watching which companies are filing for patents, and the directions they are moving.
Groot did an excellent job of pointing out these trends, and we hope you were able to attend. In case you missed it, you can find an earlier version of this presentation here.
To find out more regarding Samtec’s involvement in the Implantable market, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.