MediaTek Inc (聯發科), a leading provider of chips for smartphones and other devices, announced yesterday it would work with National Taiwan University (NTU) and National Taiwan University Hospital to establish a research and development center for innovative medical electronics technology.
MediaTek said that once the R&D center has been launched, the company will send engineers to work with the hospital’s cardiovascular and neural surgeons, as well as professors of the university’s institutes of mechanical engineering, applied mechanics and electronic engineering.
The center will be divided into four research groups — biomedical signal processing, wireless and medical systems, biomedical sensor integrated circuits and national-level clinical tests.
The biomedical signal--processing group will enable medical personnel to quickly obtain a patient’s exact biodata.
The wireless and medical system group will seek to integrate wireless technology and medical equipment to simplify and facilitate the measurement, access and storage of medical and physical data.
The biomedical sensor IC group’s task is to bring together biomedical sensors and IC chips in microchips that can be developed affordably and dependably.
Separately, MediaTek yesterday posted a consolidated revenue of NT$7.62 billion (US$266 million) last month, down 2.35 percent month-on-month and 36.77 percent less than the previous year. During the first four months of this year, accumulated revenue totaled NT$27.49 billion, down 38.55 percent year-on-year, the company said.