Shrinking silicon integrated passives for implantable heart monitors
In addition to the progress already made over the last twenty years, insertable/implantable medical device manufacturers have to push the envelope further, to extend people’s lives, improve quality of life and even allow the recovery of lost functions. Size, weight, reliability and lifetime are all important when developing electronic medical devices. And the job includes passive components. To illustrate the role of passive components on the final structure and on the performance of an electronic medical device, we will detail in this article a concrete example of a miniaturized ‘implantable’ heart monitor device.