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High Demand for Semiconductors in Pacemakers

Semiconductors are one of the important components in heart monitoring systems that are commonly referred to as pacemakers. Pacemakers are small computer-like monitors inserted into a chest cavity to regulate a natural heart rhythm that failed to do so on its own. Not only does the mechanism of the pacemaker must deliver the precise electric stimuli to the heart, it also must work in the specific human body environment.

An electric pacemaker consists of several parts that are usually constructed separately, and later put together. Most pacemaker manufacturers rely on different suppliers for the batteries, leads and the motherboard that contains all the electrical circuitry of the heart rate monitoring mechanism. The motherboard is put together with the semiconductor chips, resistors and other devices.

k-Space, a company specializing in thin-film analysis, is now not only associated with the renewable energy industries, providing the tools to control processes for solar panel production; it has become one of the integral players in providing tools for measuring thin-film thickness in semiconductors used for medical purposes. With the increasing number of elderly citizens with heart arrhythmia, this field is only going to continue its rapid growth, providing suppliers such as k-Space opportunities to collaborate with the medical industries.