Sonova presented the product pipeline for Advanced Bionics during the Investor and Analyst Day 2013. Recent products including the Neptune processor, HiRes 90k Advantage implant, HiFocus Mid-Scala electrode array, and the Naída CI Q70 processor were highlighted. Advanced Bionics is on track to release new electrodes, implants, and processors in 2014 and also in 2015. Here is the timeline from the investor presentation.
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Points of interest for Advanced Bionics users include:
- Product pipeline on page 9. The bottom row shows that the low-power wireless communication system in the upcoming Naida CI Q70 will transition to digital in future processors. The new technology is described on pages 16-19.
- The Advanced Bionics product pipeline is on page 27. For 2013 we see the HiFocus Mid-Scala array, the HiRes 90k Advantage, and the Naida CI Q70 processor. New arrays, implants, and processors are scheduled roughly every year! This year’s products are described on pages 28-31.
- HiRes Optima, the low-power extended battery life strategy, is mentioned on page 32. The strategy is compatible with Harmony and Neptune processors as well as the Naida CI.
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Advanced Bionics is one of four companies held by Sonova Group, which specializes in hearing and wireless systems. MD+DI Lifetime Achievement award winner, Alfred E. Mann first established Advanced Bionics to focus on developing, manufacturing, and distributing cochlear implants for the restoration of hearing to the deaf. Advanced Bionics’ global headquarters is in Valencia, CA. Key technologies include the ClearVoice, which provides sound processing to enhance speech understanding, and the Neptune, a swimmable sound processor. Neptune was a 2012 MDEA finalist.
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