WinProbe was founded on the idea that the ultimate ultrasonic scanner could be produced with a personal computer and when paired with a single, large, Field Programmable Gate Array chip, the product would attain:
This idea is now realized in the product line called the UltraVision.
The single FPGA concept allows the design to be contained completely in re-programable code once the care and feeding of the FPGA is provided (i.e. analog components: pulsers, analog to digital converters, power supplies and connectors). The code in an FPGA performs hardware functions much the same as chips on a printed circuit board except it does so by implementing digital filters that perform the functions of beamforming, interpolating, apodizing, frequency filtering, Hilbert Transforms, data and parameter storage much like a computer but much, much faster. These filters are combined to provide the functions of B-Mode, CFD-Mode, PW-Mode, M-Mode and E-Mode.
The code in an FPGA can be changed at any time by the PC without the need to change any physical feature and so can be done to enhance features throughout the life of the system, which now may be expected to be very long life. Another of the many advantages of this concept is that many pieces of high speed hardware can be dedicated in parallel to outperform any other technology when needed and later the resources can be rededicated to other tasks.
Founded in 1999, Winprobe Corporation began exploring the concept creating an entire ultrasound system inside a single Field Programable Gate Array chip, and the initial hardware was created. At the time, Field Programmable Gate Arrays were promising but not quite yet capable of performing all the tasks required in the single chip concept. Today the chosen FPGA has over 4 Billion transistors and being a high end silicon device the manufacturer takes great care in its construction and testing.. In turn, WinProbe takes great care in supplying reliable power supplies and protection for the FPGA's operation. Thus the probability that a system would fail during the systems life is extremely rare.
Support for the development of the IP was secured by a number of grants from the National Institutes of Health in the fields of ultrasound transducer development and elastography which are now subjects of WinProbe's products. These projects allowed WinProbe to develop the necessary ultrasound image preparation skills for the FPGA and the capabilities in image construction in Direct X (the language of Graphic Processing Units), and familiarization with the commercial application specific chips for the analog functions of transmitting and receiving ultrasound, which became available.
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