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Medical offers the opportunity to apply thin-film technology for both thermal management and power generation solutions.

PCR Thermal Cycling and DNA Amplification

Rapid thermal cycling time is becoming increasingly important as PCR becomes more widely used in point-of-service applications. The use of Nextreme’s thin-film thermoelectric eTECs provides two key attributes that enable this quickly emerging market, namely higher thermal response time and smaller size. Nextreme has modeled and designed a compact thermal cycler capable of 1-2 second transition times for 50 µl sample sizes that dramatically improves on the existing conventional Peltier solutions. Further optimization is possible when considering the details of the end application including sample size, sample holder configuration, system size and cost.

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Implantable Devices

All implantable medical devices (IMDs), including pacemakers, defibrillators, drug infusion pumps, and pain management technology require electrical power. One limitation of implantable biomedical devices is the longevity of the battery source. Currently, the longevity of pacemakers and defibrillators ranges from 5 to 10 years depending on the model and pacing requirements. Thin-film thermoelectric generators can convert body heat into usable electricity for the charging of batteries when there's a sufficient difference in temperature.

Thin film TECs can be applied for supplemental cooling of the human body or for things as varied as drug delivery systems. Their size makes them ideal for applications where comfort is an overriding concern.

 

 

OptoCooler UPF40 Module
The eTEC HV56 thermoelectric cooler is designed for high heat medical applications.
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eTEG HV56 Module
The eTEG HV56 high-voltage thermoelectric power generator delivers steady-state clean energy at very low temperature differentials.
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