David R. S. Cumming

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A novel microelectronic "pill" has been developed for in situ studies of the gastro-intestinal tract, combining microsensors and integrated circuits with system-level integration technology. The measurement parameters include real-time remote recording of temperature, pH, conductivity, and dissolved oxygen. The unit comprises an outer biocompatible capsule(More)
The conventional method of diagnosing disorders of the human gastro-intestinal (GI) tract is by sensors embedded in cannulae that are inserted through the anus, mouth, or nose. However, these cannulae cause significant patient discomfort and cannot be used in the small intestine. As a result, there is considerable ongoing work in developing wireless sensors(More)
—This paper presents our work toward the integration of a multisensor microsystem with wireless communication, using system-on-chip (SoC) methodology. Four different forms of microelectronic sensors have been fabricated on two separate 5 5 mm 2 silicon chips measuring pH, conductivity, dissolved oxygen concentration, and temperature. The sensors are(More)
A telemetry microsystem, including multiple sensors, integrated instrumentation and a wireless interface has been implemented. We have employed a methodology akin to that for System-on-Chip microelectronics to design an integrated circuit instrument containing several "intellectual property" blocks that will enable convenient reuse of modules in future(More)
There is considerable interest in the development of ultra-miniature and low-power sensor microsystems for use in applications such as medical diagnostics, environmental monitoring and other industrial applications. Such ultra-miniature sensor microsystems must contain a large diversity of complex electronics, including sensor interfaces, signal(More)
In this paper, we present a radiotelemetry sensor, designed as a lab-in-a-pill, which incorporates a two-channel microfabricated sensor platform for real-time measurements of temperature and pH. These two parameters have potential application for use in remote biological sensing (for example they may be used as markers that reflect the physiological(More)
Introduction The Integrated Diagnostics for Environmental and Analytical Systems (IDEAS) research work combines the System on Chip (SoC) and Lab on Chip (LoC) methodologies in order to design a capsule capable of traversing the gastrointestinal tract, taking advantage of the natural peristaltic motion of the gut. Such a device has been shown to be capable(More)
We report the experimental in situ characterization of 30-40 MHz and 868 MHz wireless transmission schemes for ingestible capsules, in porcine carcasses. This includes a detailed study of the performance of a magnetically coupled near-field very high-frequency (VHF) transmission scheme that requires only one eighth of the volume and one quarter of the power(More)
The growing need for accurate and fast methods of DNA and protein determination in the post human genome era has generated considerable interest in the development of new microfluidic analytical platforms, fabricated using methods adapted from the semiconductor industry. These methods have resulted in the development of the Lab-on-a-Chip concept, a(More)
This paper describes the design and implementation of a system-on-chip digital pH meter, for use in a wireless capsule application. The system is organized around an 8-bit microcontroller, designed to be functionally identical to the Motorola 6805. The analog subsystem contains a floating-electrode ISFET, which is fully compatible with a commercial CMOS(More)