It’s true for connected health devices, but it’s generally true regardless of the application. The end customer/patient expresses an unmet need and to address this need, a new product or generation of product is developed by a company.
Electronics will certainly be integrated in the product for collecting, processing, storing and communicating information, either using a combination of already available/high volume circuits (COTS – Circuits Off The Shelf, or ASSP- Application Specific Standard Product) or with full custom circuits (ASIC – Application Specific Integrated Circuit) optimized for the intended application.
It is in this second approach that IC’Alps operates, by doing tailor-made developments.
For medical devices, CE marking/FDA approval is also required. This is why our customers often choose to build the first release/proof of concept with COTS. Then, they generally need to position their product in a unique way for example with new functionalities (on-board AI, custom embedded security features, etc.), an improved energy management system, or miniaturization of their electronics (to reduce the bill-of-materials and adapt the shape of their device). A custom ASIC is an ideal solution to meet these requirements.
To secure their competitive advantage, we guarantee that:
1. Every ASIC is exclusively developed for one customer
2. Our customer is the only owner of the ASIC design
3. Each ASIC is specifically designed to interface with our customer’s sensor and system