Flexible parylene-based 3-D coiled cable
Prosthesis systems require reliable and flexible connecting cables from the sensing/stimulating electrode sites to processing circuitries. However, the limitations on the fabrication materials and processes restrict the cables' ability to stretch, resulting in breakage and failure of the implanted cabled device. Thus, a microfabricated and fully implantable 3-D parylene coiled cable for prosthesis application is presented. Compared to traditional flexible cables, this parylene coiled structure is able to be stretched by 100% of its original length and is also long-term biocompatible. In addition, the cable structure can be heat-formed in a mold to match muscle curvature and sharp turns in testing subjects and can also be directly integrated with flexible multi-electrodes arrays and neural probes.
Additional Information© 2010 IEEE. This work was supported in part by National Science Foundation (award number H28927).
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