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blood pressure, rather than conducting sive. Qualcomm Inc., known for its cell-
investment spot checks by inﬂating a cuff around a
phone chips, is also developing low-power
variants for wearable medical applications.
tumbles Corventis Inc., of San Jose, Calif., is fo-
cusing on monitoring patients on the go
using a Band-Aid-style sensor called PiiX
Intel Corp. has teams of researchers
studying devices to help care for senior
citizens at home, including what it calls a
apital expenditures are cash out-
that includes measurement of respiration, “magic carpet,” which is a mat with sen-
lays for creating future beneﬁts.
ﬂuid status, and physical movements. sors to track how a patient moves. The
A capital expenditure (CapEx) is
Chipmakers, seeing medical applications goal is to gather data to prevent falls, a
when a business spends money either to
as a big new market, are racing to make major cause of accidental deaths and a
buy ﬁxed assets or to add to the value of
such devices more capable and less expen- big contributor to health costs.
an existing ﬁxed asset with a useful life
that extends beyond the taxable year.
Manufacturers cut spending
and postpone investments in