(http://rbi.ims.ca/4917-547).Instead of using a traditional line-by-line acquisition technique to obtain diagnostic images, this ultrasound machine employs z.one sonography technology. Collecting the data in acoustic zones, the z.one system decouples the acoustic field acquisition from the image formation process resulting in free acoustic time that translates into reduced scan times. The software-based technique allows reduced size, weight and power to make a portable ultrasound system with image quality and features comparable to cart-based units weighing up to 400 lbs. To perform image or beam formation in the software domain, the unit relies on three Texas Instruments' TMS320C6455 DSPs. For more information on Texas Instruments' TMS320C6455, go to http://rbi.ims.ca/4917-548.
Truchard will be presented the award at the 2014 Golden Mousetrap Awards ceremony during the co-located events Pacific Design & Manufacturing, MD&M West, WestPack, PLASTEC West, Electronics West, ATX West, and AeroCon.
For industrial control applications, or even a simple assembly line, that machine can go almost 24/7 without a break. But what happens when the task is a little more complex? That’s where the “smart” machine would come in. The smart machine is one that has some simple (or complex in some cases) processing capability to be able to adapt to changing conditions. Such machines are suited for a host of applications, including automotive, aerospace, defense, medical, computers and electronics, telecommunications, consumer goods, and so on. This discussion will examine what’s possible with smart machines, and what tradeoffs need to be made to implement such a solution.