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Medical imaging developers can speed time to market, improve performance, and lower development costs with TI's new embedded processor software toolkit
Date:3/30/2009

New ultrasound development kit enables manufacturers to deliver clearer images, more accurate diagnoses and cost-effective healthcare directly to patients

DALLAS, March 30 /PRNewswire/ -- Delivering on its promise to offer a portfolio of highly customizable DSP (digital signal processor) and high performance analog products to meet the needs of medical imaging manufacturers, Texas Instruments Incorporated (TI) (NYSE: TXN) today announced the availability of an embedded processor software toolkit developed for medical diagnostic ultrasound manufacturers. The first in a family of products, TI's toolkit helps manufacturers quickly and easily develop ultrasound applications on the improved processing power of TI's C64x+(TM) DSP platforms, enabling clinics and practitioners to deliver faster, more accurate results to their patients. For more information visit: www.ti.com/medicalimaging.

TI's new Embedded Processor Software Toolkit (STK) for medical diagnostic ultrasound leverages the performance and power consumption of TI's C64x+ architecture to shorten the development time of an ultrasound system by providing optimized implementations of commonly used processing blocks. TI is also offering the TMS320C6455 DSP Starter Kit (DSK) for medical imaging, a low-cost development platform which provides manufacturers with an easy-to-use solution for evaluating and harnessing the power of highly programmable DSP algorithms, affording a head start in medical imaging product development time.

Key Features & Benefits

  • Optimized C64x+ software modules of common ultrasound processing blocks allows manufacturers to get to market faster while improving coding efficiency, yielding higher performance systems at lower cost and lower power.
  • Complete source code for all modules affords developers full visibility and enables module customization and differentiation.
  • Well defined APIs simplify development by abstracting modules and enabling easy integration into existing systems.
  • Complete benchmarks allow for quick and easy evaluation of module implementation and comparisons to other architectures.
  • Full test benches provide assurance of module functionality while aiding in evaluation and development. Custom test vectors can easily be added to check functional and cycle performance for any input.
  • Full documentation of each optimized module provides coding illustrations on computational optimization methods for the C64x+ core which can be used as a model to optimize other code modules.
  • One year of support and release patches include up-to-date releases and support by TI's applications team over the next 12 months.

"Over the next few years, we anticipate a significant shift in medical imaging applications from traditional imaging modalities limited to basic diagnostic functions to a new ecosystem comprised of small form factor, highly accurate portable devices, " said Susie Inouye, research director and president, Databeans. "It is clear that manufacturers seeking to design more flexible, affordable and portable ultrasound equipment can benefit from the low power, high-performance and flexible programmability of TI's digital signal processors."

Pricing & Availability

An evaluation version of the software toolkit, designed to give developers a chance to evaluate the product, is free for a period of 90 days. The software toolkit and DSP starter kit are available from TI today.

Find out more about TI's medical imaging portfolio by visiting the links below:

About medical components from Texas Instruments

TI is helping shape technology to improve the quality and accessibility of medical equipment to revolutionize healthcare in the 21st century and beyond. With its full range of analog and DSP products, from building blocks to complete semiconductor solutions, plus systems insight, global support infrastructure, advanced process technology and medical industry involvement, TI is helping make innovative medical electronics more flexible, affordable and accessible. TI's experience in diverse markets, such as wireless communications, consumer electronics, automotive and aerospace, enables engineers to meet increasing needs for higher speeds, higher precision, lower power and smaller equipment, while maintaining the high standards for quality and reliability that the medical market demands. For more information, please visit www.ti.com/medical.

About Texas Instruments

Texas Instruments (NYSE: TXN) helps customers solve problems and develop new electronics that make the world smarter, healthier, safer, greener and more fun. A global semiconductor company, TI innovates through design, sales and manufacturing operations in more than 30 countries. For more information, go to www.ti.com.

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