Improved Blood Flow Monitor ASIC Technology
Improves Performance at Lower Cost
Mixed Signal ASIC
|Industrial sector (PRODCOM code)
||Computing Applications, involving DSP Methods
||Medical and Surgical Instrumentation
Huntleigh Diagnostics Ltd. is along established company that
designs, develops, manufactures and distributes electronic medical diagnostic
equipment in the healthcare market sector (Prodcom code 3310). These products
are aimed at the healthcare market, including primary care suppliers.
Company turnover is approximately 9 MECU and the company employs 130 people.
Huntleigh Diagnostic's product range includes a range of ultrasound handheld
instruments ("Dopplex"), for cardio-vascular and foetal assessments, and
a range of foetal monitors. These products combine technologies ranging
from discrete analogue electronic devices to micro-controller devices
and digital signal processors. No higher order device technologies are
currently applied in Huntleigh's product range.
The objective of this experiment is to improve the Huntleigh Diagnostics'
current range of Dopplex products. These are hand-held medical diagnostic
monitors for use in measuring blood flow and monitoring foetal heartbeats.
Each product consists of two parts, an ultrasonic probe and a main diagnostic
The proposed ASIC is intended to replace much of the circuitry in the
main unit. The application experiment resulted in the development of a
mixed signal ASIC to extend product functionality and broaden market applications
in the vascular field within the constraints of battery powered handheld
devices at a low cost.
This will lead to greater market share.
The application experiment used ASIC technology to allow:
· Reduced manufacturing costs · Enhanced functionality of the product
by performing fast Fourier Transform (FFT) and the extraction of the maximum
· Improvements in the diagnostic capabilities of the instrument.
· Greater interchangeability of sensors.
The AE cost was 174 kECU. The payback period when implemented in a new
product range will be approximately 1 year, and the ROI is anticipated
to be 340%.
The duration of the application experiment was 21 months. The application
experiment was delayed from the original 14 month time scale by the departure
of the company's design engineer and the retraining of a new engineer
during a critical phase of the programme of work.
The company has developed a sustainable capability in ASIC development,
including the technical management of the design process and assessing
its economic benefits.
The dissemination information included in this demonstrator document will
be of interest to the managing directors, technical managers and decision
makers in small to medium sized companies operating where pressures towards
producing small, lightweight, complex Digital Signal Processing instrumentation
is present. The target industry sector includes companies operating in
the medical (Prodcom code 331), instrumentation (Prodcom Code 3320) or
computing (Prodcom code 3002) industrial sectors.
Huntleigh Diagnostics Ltd.
35 Portmanmoor Road,
Cardiff, CF2 2HB,
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Huntleigh Diagnostics Ltd. technology provided Mixed Signal ASIC with
the means of improving its products and enhancing its market position.
You can also achieve significant benefits by acquiring the right microelectronics
technology and utilising it in your product or manufacturing process.
You can get help from FUSE to realise this.
FUSE is a technology transfer programme, funded by the European Commission to stimulate the wider use of microelectronics technologies by European enterprises to increase their competitiveness and enhance their economic growth. The demonstrator described here is one of many examples in the public FUSE portfolio covering the whole spectrum of microelectronics technologies and spanning a wide range of applications and industry sectors.
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