Thought Leadership

Medical electronics conference

By Colin Walls

This week, the electronica Medical Electronics Conference was due to take place in Munich, Germany. Like so many events around the world, this event has been made “virtual”. This is unfortunate from one point of view, as it is good to meet folks in person; on the other hand, there is the potential to reach a much larger, world-wide audience.

As this is a business sector in which many of our customers operate, I was keen to gain an opportunity to speak at the conference and was pleased to have a paper accepted. My talk is on Tuesday 10 November at 13:15 CET – a recording will be available after the event. Here are the details:

Power management in portable medical devices

The importance of power management in today’s embedded designs has been steadily growing as an increasing number of battery powered devices are developed. Often power optimizations are left to the very end of the project cycle, almost as an afterthought. In this paper we will discuss design considerations that should be made when starting a new power sensitive embedded design, which include choosing the hardware with desired capabilities, defining a hardware architecture that will allow software to dynamically control power consumption, defining appropriate power usage profiles, making the appropriate choice of an operating system and drivers, choosing measurable power goals and providing these goals to the software development team to track throughout the development process.

If you would like a copy of my presentation, please contact me by email or via social media.

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