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Medical innovations receive dev't kit aid

Posted: 10 Jun 2008 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:medical? kit development? processor OMAP35x?

As the desire to offer consumers smaller, easier-to-use medical products grows, Logic and Texas Instruments Inc. have released a development kit specifically designed to bring new medical products to market quickly. The Zoom Medical OMAP35x development kit and companion system-on-modules (SOMs) use TI's OMAP35x processor to provide developers with a cost-effective, compact way to design and produce medical, industrial and other embedded applications.

According to TI, the development kit allows medical product companies to develop sophisticated integrated medical devices with advanced graphical user interface, smart and real-time physiological processing, and wired and wireless connectivity options for patient monitoring and data logging applications. All of this, says the company, is accomplished with a low cost, highly flexible software development environment, and the SOM design of the medical development kit provides rapid manufacturing to help avoid additional trials or product releases.

"TI's integrated circuit innovations empower customers to make advanced medical devices that are more flexible, affordable and accessible," said Srik Gurrapu, marketing and business development manager, low-power medical processors, TI. "The SOM module based on the OMAP35x platform will help medical customers quickly begin development and take advantage of a unique combination of high performance and very low power consumption. Having the same SOM module in the development kit greatly reduces development time investment and risk for medical customers."

"The OMAP35x SOM will highly benefit the medical and other embedded markets," stated Kurt Larson, product marketing manager for Logic. "Since the OMAP35x processors are based on high-performance, low-power ARM processors, customers can realize significant gains in horsepower and peripheral functionality, even within the tightest power constraints."

Logic has placed the OMAP35x processor onto a SOM-LV Type III form factor module. The OMAP35x SOM, measuring 31mm x 76.2mm x 7.4mm comes with various interfaces including Bluetooth 2.0 + EDR, 802.11b/g wireless Ethernet, USB 2.0 OTG, 24bpp TFT LCD controller, and four-wire touch screen.

In addition to providing the latest technologies, different OS can be used with the development kit, including Linux, Windows CE and Green Hills operating systems.

The Zoom Medical OMAP35x development kit (TMDXMEVM3503-L) is available in limited quantities now and will be broadly available in 3Q 08 for $995.The OMAP35x SOMs will be available for use in production quantities through Logic's distribution network.

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