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FPGAs to dominate medical semi market, says report

Posted: 22 Aug 2005 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:field programmable gate arrays? fpga? medical imaging?

Field programmable gate arrays are likely to be the fastest-growing segment over other technologies in the growing market for semiconductors in medical imaging, according to a study by Frost & Sullivan (New York).

The report projects market revenue to reach $1.95 billion in 2008. With buyers viewing the expensive, high-end imaging instruments such as ultrasound systems and magnetic resonance imaging scanners as long-term investments, semiconductor vendors will have do develop regular upgrades and cut time-to-market for these customers.

Regular upgrades need a flexible architecture, and so the FPGA is likely to dominate. FPGAs expect to be among the fastest-growing segments, having already started to replace some other technologies, the study said.

"FPGAs are reprogrammable, flexible, and reusable since any upgrade involves merely a change of software. This gives it a major advantage over, for instance, ASICs, since ASIC vendors find it difficult to meet frequent upgrade demands from medical imaging modality vendors," said analyst Swaminathan Srinivasan.

- K.C. Krishnadas

EE Times

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