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STMicroelectronics Powering Next Generation of Mobile Clinic Portable Ultrasound Imager

15 April 2016

Medical device manufacturer MU, based out of Tokyo, Japan, has developed a new portable ultrasound imager powered by STMicroelectronics’s (ST) STHV800 high-speed ultrasonic-pulser IC, designed to improve the quality of point-of-care medical diagnostics in remote areas of Africa.

MU’s US-304 portable ultrasound imager is to be integrated into the “Doctor Car” mobile-clinic project that provides medical care to those in need in the remote rural areas of Africa. The project gives medical workers a vehicle that is equipped with healthcare systems to give proper treatment where medical care is unavailable.

The data garnered by the portable ultrasound device can be transported via mobile networks to healthcare facilities in urban areas for further evaluation in order to give proper treatment to African people. The imager can be carried anywhere and can be connected via USB to a laptop or tablet. MU says it will begin shipping the imagers to Doctor Cars and clinics in Africa this year.

ST’s STHV800 pulser IC includes an eight-channel transducer driver circuit manufactured on ST’s 200V SOI-BCD semiconductor process. This manufacturing technology allows for the integration of high-voltage CMOS technology, precise analog circuitry and robust power stages on a single chip. ST offers an evaluation board that integrates the pulser IC with an STM32F4 ARM Cortex-M microcontroller that allows companies to test the pulser under different conditions.

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