Skyworks Optocouplers Enable Next Generation Heart Defibrillators

Skyworks has announced that its high-reliability optocouplers are providing vital connectivity functionality in implantable cardiac defibrillators from a leading medical device provider. Their photovoltaic optocouplers establish the critical link between power supply circuits and control electronics.

Skyworks’ family of custom and hermetic optocouplers operate effectively under extreme environmental conditions and serve a diverse set of markets and applications spanning aerospace, defense, medical and industrial. Utilizing proprietary techniques, Skyworks works closely with customers to design, test and optimize devices to meet specific requirements.

For over 30 years, implantable cardioverter-defibrillators (ICDs) have been protecting patients against dangerously erratic heartbeats. Approximately 650,000 Americans and nearly one million patients worldwide have an ICD or cardiac resynchronization therapy defibrillator (CRT-D).

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