Blood Glucose Meter tear down: Contour Next One #ReverseEngineering

A recent study by Diabetes Technology on a cohort of 1000 people found that of 18 popular glucometers in the US, only 6 met the FDA standard for accuracy.

CocoaSteam Technologies decided to take a look inside the best scoring BGM: Contour Next One.

A decap of the MCU reveals that it is from Renesas and is likely a R5F51135ADLJ (128KB ROM flash, 32KB RAM, 8KB data flash). This is based on Renesas’ proprietary RX CPU architecture which is a big change from the last generation of Bayer BGM which used an STM32F103 ARM-based MCU. Someone did a complete code rewrite to port the code over from the ARM code of the last generation.

Given that the peripheral set, performance and power consumption of the 2 MCUs are not massively different, there must have been a compelling price reason for doing so. Alternatively, perhaps enough of the code needed to be rewritten to support real-time Bluetooth comms for the first time that it was worth revisiting the whole code set?

Check out the teardown and full details in the post here.


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