Abstract: An implantable sensor includes electronic circuitry for automatically performing on a periodic basis, e.g., every 1 to 24 hours, specified integrity tests which verify proper operation of the sensor.
Abstract: An implantable substrate sensor has electronic circuitry and electrodes formed on opposite sides of a substrate. A protective coating covers the substrate, effectively hermetically sealing the electronic circuitry under the coating. Exposed areas of the electrodes are selectively left uncovered by the protective coating, thereby allowing such electrodes to be exposed to body tissue and fluids when the sensor is implanted in living tissue. The substrate on which the electronic circuitry and electrodes are formed is the same substrate or “chip” on which an integrated circuit (IC) is formed, which integrated circuit contains the desired electronic circuitry. Such approach eliminates the need for an hermetically sealed lid or cover to cover hybrid electronic circuitry, and allows the sensor to be made much thinner than would otherwise be possible. In one embodiment, two such substrate sensors may be placed back-to-back, with the electrodes facing outward.
June 19, 1998
Date of Patent:
July 10, 2001
Alfred E. Mann Foundation
Joseph H. Schulman, Charles L. Byers, John C. Gord, Rajiv Shah, Lyle Dean Canfield
Abstract: A magnetic tape cartridge incorporating a drive belt characterized by a pattern of recesses in the belt surface in contact with the magnetic tape which are used to provide traps for tape contaminants. Different types of patterns are used to eliminate tension variations which would otherwise occur as a consequence of tape contaminants during the projected life of the cartridge.