Integrated Circuits, Thick Film Hybrid, Cardiac Pacemaker

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This object is not on display at the National Air and Space Museum. It is either on loan or in storage.

Collection Item Summary:

During the Cold War aerospace and defense electronics firms occasionally attempted to apply their expertise to commercial products. In the early 1970s, General Electric applied its expertise in a special area of electronic miniaturization called "thick film hybrid integrated circuits" (originally developed for use in missiles and satellites) to help improve the first generation of cardiac pacemakers.

This collection of artifacts represents the development and manufacturing process of building a pacemaker. The micro-electronics (thick film hybrid integrated circuits) were placed inside the metal casings, which were then hermetically sealed. These circuits were the key technology of the pacemaker, sensing heart rhythms and sending out signals to stimulate the heart when needed during abnormal activity.

Lockheed Martin donated these artifacts to the Museum in 1998.

Collection Item Long Description:

Data Source

National Air and Space Museum

Restrictions & Rights

Do not reproduce without permission from the Smithsonian Institution, National Air and Space Museum

Credit Line

Gift of Lockheed Martin

Materials

Aluminum, epoxy, alumina, steel, gold, ink, polyurethane

Dimensions

3-D: 1.9 x 1.3 x 1cm (3/4 x 1/2 x 3/8 in.)

Country of Origin

United States of America

Type

EQUIPMENT-Medical

Inventory Number

A19980308002

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