7 March 2006 Flexible and extensible retinal prosthesis based on multi-chip architecture
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Proceedings Volume 6138, Ophthalmic Technologies XVI; 61380R (2006) https://doi.org/10.1117/12.646202
Event: SPIE BiOS, 2006, San Jose, California, United States
We present a multi-chip electric stimulator for a retinal prosthesis. The stimulator consists of small silicon devices (unit chips) molded in a thin film. It has an advantage over the conventional devices in physical flexibility and extendibility. The smart unit chip (600 μm square, in this work) is an integrated circuit (IC) that includes digital serial interface circuits, analog switch circuits and on-chip stimulus electrodes. In contrast to conventional stimulators, the present stimulator can be driven with only four wires. The multi-chip configuration enables to make the stimulator flexible and durable to bending stress. The device can be bended to place the stimulation electrodes in good contact with retinal tissue. In this paper, we present the design of the stimulator device with 0.35-μm complementary metal-oxide semiconductor (CMOS) technology. We also report a thin, flexible packaging technique for the stimulator and preliminary experimental results of a sputtered iridium oxide (IrOx) film that can be used for chronic stimulation.
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Akihiro Uehara, Akihiro Uehara, Yasuo Terasawa, Yasuo Terasawa, Takashi Tokuda, Takashi Tokuda, Keiichiro Kagawa, Keiichiro Kagawa, Masahiro Nunoshita, Masahiro Nunoshita, Jun Ohta, Jun Ohta, } "Flexible and extensible retinal prosthesis based on multi-chip architecture", Proc. SPIE 6138, Ophthalmic Technologies XVI, 61380R (7 March 2006); doi: 10.1117/12.646202; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.646202

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