Scaling Medical Devices, Top to Bottom, with COM Express Type 6

The use of medical imaging is expanding, driven particularly by the need for patient-centric service at the point of care. A patient-centric approach to healthcare drives the need for segmentation across use-cases, including general diagnostic imaging, critical care, cardiology, vascular, emergency care, intervention and women’s healthcare. This trend is decreasing the time to diagnosis, improving diagnostic accuracy, and making state-of-the-art imaging technologies more affordable and widely-used.

This diversity of platforms creates significant challenges for medical equipment designers, particularly those who must employ different system architectures in order to maximize performance for the high-end and minimize product cost for the low-end. A dual-platform approach typically increases development effort and delays time-to-market compared to using a single processor architectures across all product SKUs.

The release of COM Express Type 6 modules allows system developers to satisfy both worlds with a common platform based on a carrier board and a family of Radisys COM Express modules. At the high-end, modules with 3rd Generation Intel Core processors with quad-core technology meet the most demanding medical imaging requirements. For the low-end, there is a value module featuring a dual-core Intel Atom processor.

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