BANGALORE, INDIA: Medical electronics manufacturers are looking to speed up new equipment designs to meet healthcare providers’ increasing need for the most advanced devices that offer sophisticated features in a battery-powered, portable design.
To accelerate and simplify development of these portable medical devices, Texas Instruments Inc. (TI) today announced the industry’s first medical development tool set with a complete signal chain and software offering for multiple medical diagnostic and patient monitoring applications.
The three medical development kits (MDKs) -- based on TI’s TMS320VC5505 digital signal processor (DSP) –- can be built by purchasing an analog front-end (AFE) module and a TMS320VC5505 DSP evaluation module (EVM), giving manufacturers a jump start on designing leading-edge electrocardiograms (ECG), digital stethoscopes and pulse oximeter products.
Each kit includes both hardware and software design tools including schematics, sample application code, medical-specific algorithms and collateral that eases the design process and decreases development time for customers by up to eight months.
The MDKs are also extremely flexible with the ability to mix-and-match AFEs with multiple processor platforms for maximum software reuse and return on investment. Additionally, the low power technology offered by the C5505, which is supported by TI’s full analog offering, enables diagnostics functionality for portable medical devices, making them smarter and more energy efficient.
As a result of TI’s advanced DSP and analog technology, coupled with software specific for medical applications, the MDKs enable doctors and patients to quickly benefit from an end product with longer battery life, better portability and more sophisticated user functionality, such as real-time waveform display and menu options on an LCD screen and audio recording and playback.
The MDKs are for feasibility evaluation by experts in laboratory/development environments only, and not for medical/diagnostic use on patients.