In today’s ultrasound, channel count translates directly into higher resolution and depth -- both critical factors in detection and identification of issues. For these functions, the Xilinx UltraScale™+ family multiplies the DSP per logic cell ratio, for much higher signal processing capabilities per device. High speed serial transceivers provide a power efficient and fast interface to JESD204B compatible analog front-end components, significantly reducing the need for parallel IO, and thus also reducing power.
As channel count scaling becomes harder, Xilinx is looking to enable next generation Ultrasound design methodologies like Synthetic Aperture (used in radars) and UltraFast with its 7nm Versal AI Core and other advanced ACAP devices to help create much higher quality images at lower cost and better thermal management.
With increasing requirements for more Point-of-Care (POC) Ultrasound solutions as Ultrasound moves more from clinics and hospitals to the field, maintaining performance, while being portable and connected, is an increasingly difficult challenge. Not only is it important to deliver performance for beamforming, but also real time image processing and analytics, all in the lowest possible power to increase battery life.
Xilinx ZYNQ-Ultrascale+ System-on-Chip (SoC) technology, enables ultra-miniaturization of complex architectures such as parallel beamforming. This SoC technology, combined with our customer’s proprietary shared beamforming architecture, allows for the integration of up to eight parallel beamformers in a handheld device. This architecture places this system on par with high-end laptop and cart-based units based on pure processing power.