Siemens Medical and Xilinx team to deliver breakthrough 3D medical imaging solutions

San Jose 02 August 2005Xilinx Inc., a programmable logic supplier, and Siemens Medical Solutions, one of the largest suppliers to the health care industry in the world, have signed a collaboration that is expected to result in the world's most innovative 3D medical imaging solutions. Siemens has selected Xilinx as its field programmable gate array (FPGA) supplier in the development of its next-generation 3D image processing platform which will be used in future image processing products. Siemens also plans to offer the technology as an imaging development platform solution to enable similar applications throughout the industry.


Siemens chose Xilinx for their complete solution based on its leading-edge Virtex-4 programmable technology as well as the technical expertise of the Xilinx Design Services (XDS) team. The Siemens design team and XDS worked together to define an FPGA-based programmable system architecture that leveraged the extremely high-speed embedded digital signal processing (DSP) performance and computational capabilities of theVirtex-4 SX platform.

"With its abundance of high performance DSP capability, embedded cores, control processors, clock distribution, high-speed serial I/O, and memory, Virtex-4 SX devices provided the ideal platform for our next generation imaging platform", stated Hans-Joachim Koch, R&D Manager at Siemens Medical Solutions. "Combining Virtex-4 programmable technology with the unique skills and experience of Xilinx Design Services in system, logic, signal processing and embedded software design, we were able to scope a programmable solution that satisfies our performance and features requirements under tight time to market and budget constraints."

"Field programmable gate array (FPGA) technology is likely to be one of the fastest growing segments in medical imaging", stated Aditya Prasad, an analyst at Frost and Sullivan, a market analyst firm. "Revenues for FPGA vendors from the medical imaging modality space are expected to increase from $118 million in 2004 to $204 million in 2008 at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 14,7 percent."

Xilinx Virtex-4 SX FPGAs enable extremely high performance for imaging applications with up to 512 XtremeDSP Slices at their top speed of 500 MHz, these hardware arithmetic resources deliver an amazing aggregate DSP bandwidth of 256 GigaMACs/second. In addition to providing high DSP performance, Xilinx Virtex-4 SX XtremeDSP slices employ a unique "micropower" architecture that reduces power consumption to a mere 2,3mW/100MHz (typical) per slice.

Siemens Medical Solutions is now a member of the Xilinx Alliance Programme as a provider of third-party design services. Xilinx established this programme to provide its customers with access to a worldwide network of third-party products and services that enhance Xilinx devices and design flows. Alliance members have extensive experience with Xilinx technology in various vertical applications such as wireless and wired communications, consumer, automotive, audio, video, broadcast, storage and servers. Alliance members are an integral part of the Xilinx strategy to provide its customers with cost-efficient design solutions, while speeding time-to-market.

Siemens Medical Solutions of Siemens AG with headquarters in Malvern, Pennsylvania and Erlangen, Germany, is one of the largest suppliers to the health care industry in the world. The company is known for bringing together innovative medical technologies, health care information systems, management consulting, and support services, to help customers achieve tangible, sustainable, clinical and financial outcomes. Employing approximately 31.000 people worldwide and operating in more than 120 countries, Siemens Medical Solutions reported sales of 7,07 billion euro, orders of 8,12 billion euro and group profit of 1,05 billion euro for fiscal 2004. More company news can be found in the VMW August 2005 article Siemens provides top-level security for digital signatures: smart card operating system CardOS certified for 2048-bit signatures.

Leslie Versweyveld

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