Integrated Flexible Ocular Coil for Power and Data Transfer in Retinal Prostheses
A microfabricated and fully-implantable coil for use as a power and data transfer component for retinal prostheses is presented. Compared with traditional hand-made ocular coils, this parylene-based device is thin and flexible with 10 turns of thin-film metal wires and a thickness of less than 10 µm. In addition, the entire coil structure can be heat-formed on a mold to match the eye's curvature for extraocular implantation. Because it is made using parylene thin-film technology, this coil can be directly integrated with multielectrode arrays and with parylene-based packages incorporating application specific integrated circuits (ASICs) or discrete electrical components such as chip capacitors. This coil thus enables the fabrication and implantation of a fully microfabricated system for retinal prostheses.
Additional Information© 2005 IEEE. Date of Current Version: 10 April 2006. This work was supported in part by the Engineering Research Center Program of the National Science Foundation under Award Number EEC-0310723 and by a fellowship from the Whitaker Foundation (D.R.). The authors would also like to thank Mr. Trevor Roper and other members of the Caltech Micromachining Laboratory for assistance with fabrication.