CorTec´s hermetic encapsulation technology protects what is valuable for an active implant: sensitive electronics even with a uniquely-high amount of electrical feedthroughs. Thick film technology enables hundreds of these electrical channels. Unlike conventional packages with glass-to-metal or ceramic-to-metal feedthroughs which are usually brazed in titanium housings CorTec´s ceramic encapsulation is, furthermore, transparent to electromagnetic waves. This facilitates communication via radio frequency or infrared as well as wireless powering.
Aware the fact, that ceramics are inherently brittle, CorTec has insured a high mechanical robustness by implementing specific design measures. The ceramic packages can be designed to survive mechanical impact as, for example, required for cochlear implants according to EN 45502-2-3:2010 and ISO 14708-7:2013 standards. Lifetime calculations based on the hermeticity of the encapsulation attest excellent protection of electronics against moisture – more than 10 times longer than common titanium cases. The application of desiccants extends the lifetime even further. Even small implant volumes below 1 cm³ sustain a moist environment for decades.
With the proprietary AirRayTM electrode technology CorTec has overcome the current limitations for neural electrodes with outstanding mechanical properties and highest manufacturing precision. It also allows very small feature sizes of 25 μm and high integration densities of electrical contacts. The AirRayTM electrode can be designed with variations in thickness, contact size, contact spacing, contact shape and overall electrode size.
CorTec offers cutting-edge technology for the next generation of active implants.
Our Brain Interchange technology is a closed-loop system and works as a direct interface between the brain and technology (brain-machine interface). The completely implantable system can be customized according to particular research interests. Also, we are creating individualized components of highest quality that are characterized by the same set of features: high precision, high flexibility in design, high number of channels.
°AirRay, our silicone electrode offers high-data acquisition and stimulation in the central and peripheral nervous system. Thanks to a special patented laser structuring process the electrode has a high density of contacts, is thin and soft and can easily be produced in individual designs.
Our hermetic encapsulation is suited to house a wide range of electronic implants. It is designed to enable wireless communication for long-term applications.