Situation

As one of the earliest specialized R&D enterprises in the medical device area , Portwell Technology Group, a Premier member of Intel, provides hardware solutions for the development and production of ultrasound including diagnostic ultrasound, advanced piezoelectric and single-crystal transducer technology. Ultrasound devices are widely used for medical imaging, detection and measurement. Such applications require multi-channel data acquisition boards, based on high-speed serial buses compliant with strict medical regulations.

The COM Express modules delivers core functionality, while all of the application-specific features are designed into the baseboard, creating a semi-custom embedded PC solution.

To enable faster time-to-market and cost-effective customization alternatives - COM Express modular is the answer.

COM Express modules not only highly integrated components that support system expansion and application-specific customizations, but also improving form, fit and function, minimizing current and future design risks. As well as providing lower product lifecycle costs through module scalability and interchangeability.

Challenge

An ultrasound device includes a transducer, a central processing unit or computer connected to a display, imaging recorder, keyboard and power. The transducer sends sound waves which are reflected back to the transducer after they bounce off the structures that are the focus of the ultrasound. The central processing unit measures the echo intensities and speed, and then converts them into electronic images that appears on the display.

For such applications, it usually requires high-speed serial bus for the multi-channel data acquisition to form imaging. Medical customers also need higher computing power, but with low power consumption or well-dissipated design. This means that the thermal solution is a main concern. In order to help solve the customers end system challenge, smart fans and well-designed heat sinks are being applied for customers needs. In addition, long longevity support is also one of the main considerations for medical customers in terms of material and service.

Solution and Benefit

PCOM-B635 in Type IV COM Express Basic form factor was adopted to assist the development of ultrasound devices. PCOM-B635 provides the following benefits:

High-Performance Processor

PCOM-B635 incorporates the Intel Broadwell processor - supporting Intel 5th Generation i7/i5/i3 CPU, featuring major upgrades in computing performance.

Outstanding Graphics Engine

PCOM-B635 features Intel's Iris Pro graphics chips, which provides 20% more execution units than the previous platform and come with an additional 128 MB embedded DRAM (eDRAM) cache to improve performance of bandwidth-limited workloads. Additionally, Intel Iris Pro Graphics 6200 (GT3e) is an integrated graphics card and the fastest GPU of the Broadwell generation. It is built into several high-end CPUs specified at 47 W TDP and features a total of 48 execution units with support for DirectX 11.1, OpenGL 4.2, MSAA Support (2x, 4x)

 
  • Optimized Power Consumption

    Lower power consumption is available for enhancing system reliability.
  • Pin-Out Type Upgrade:

    PCOM-B635 supports PICMG COM 2.1 Type 6 Pin-Out, high-speed serial bus (PCIE, SATA III, USB3.0). Clients can customize HDMI, DP pin out to fulfill different application needs.
  • Multiple display support

    The module supports three independent displays, DP, HDMI or DVI and VGA with up to double, greater 3D performance compared to its previous generation.
  • Flexible Modular Design

    Product migration and replacement are easy to do thanks to the modular design concept on COM modules and boards. This can also accelerate product time-to-market.