User experience and safety considerations as essential drivers for product design considerations
An Inhaler becomes a smart device once it is connected and advanced features are provided. For example, smart inhalers link to an app on the phone or tablet and they can support the user to manage and track the frequency and amount of consumed liquids.
Some smart inhalers have sensors that can work out if you’re in high pollution or high pollen area, some bring up reminders. User experience and safety considerations are essential drivers for product design considerations.
We provide safe, stable, and efficient solutions for secure connectivity via Wi-Fi and Bluetooth, for intuitive user interfaces like touch control, precise sensing technologies, and efficient power supply ICs for USB-PD.
Check the interactive block diagram below on recommended parts for smart inhaler electronics.
Smart inhaler burn battery power even when they are not being actively used. For that reason, power consumption in standby mode is key. Infineon‘s low-power touchscreen products feature the industry’s lowest standby power: 60 µA to ensure a fast response to touch gestures to wake the wearable device.
The Infineon BLE solution consumes just 5.7 µA average current during a 4-sec connection. Infineon‘s SRAMs have the industry’s lowest standby current: 1.5 µA at 16 Mbit, making them the ideal technology for system memory expansion and buffering data. Our nonvolatile F-RAMs consume 130 µA (2 Mbit, 1 MHz) while writing critical data. The energy consumed for this is >200x better than EEPROM and >3,000x better than NOR flash.
Smart inhaler device enclosures must be small and thin for products to be carried around comfortably. All Infineon products are WLCSP-ready. For example, Infineon‘s Gen5 touchscreen solution is just 3.1 x 3.3 x 0.6 mm. Our BLE solution is just 3.5 x 3.9 x 0.6 mm. Infineon‘s PSoC 4 and PSoC 5LP products reduce board size by integrating analog, digital, and CapSense circuitry.
Smart inhalers need to function under harsh conditions such as rain, snow, or direct sun. Infineon‘s TrueTouch and CapSense solutions feature the industry’s best waterproofing and glove-detection technologies to ensure that medical inhaler products work in all conditions. Infineon‘s nonvolatile F-RAM memories feature nearly infinite data retention and provide the best protection for your critical data through 1014 read/writes vs. 106 of flash and 105 of EEPROM.