CHICAGO, Nov. 27, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) -- Samplify Systems, Inc., a technology company focused on delivering innovative semiconductors, modules, and subsystem solutions to the ultrasound industry, today announces availability of the industry's first merchant beamforming ASIC—the SAM2032. The highly integrated SAM2032 leverages all the benefits of Samplify's award-winning Autofocus™ technology in a receive beamforming ASIC offering the industry's lowest power consumption and highest performance compared to current FPGA-based beamformer implementations. The highly configurable ASIC provides the flexibility for ultrasound OEMs to simplifying software and system design thus speeding time to market for a wide range of machines from ultra-low power hand-helds, through mid-range and high-end carts.
The receive beamformer is at the heart of any ultrasound front-end electronics sub-system. The SAM2032 ASIC addresses a critical gap in the current FPGA implementation of these devices. While higher-end FPGAs can be used to develop a high-performance receive beamformer, their higher cost, higher power consumption, and larger size limits their use to premium console ultrasound machines. Conversely, lower-end FPGAs can be used as a cost-effective alternative, but their limited resources present system performance constraints.
"The availability of the SAM2032 is an exciting development in the ultrasound industry," says Danny Kreindler, Director for Ultrasound Products at Samplify Systems. "By capturing all of the receive beamformer's complexity in an ASIC device, the SAM2032 delivers the only high-performance, low-power and low-cost solution in the commercial market. The availability of this ASIC enables existing