Thunderbolt / PCIe

       Ultrasound detects signals from hundreds of volts to fractions of mico-volts in the 0.5 to 30 MHz frequency spectrum.  Thus ultrasound is very susceptible to any electrical noise and efforts must be made to minimize this susceptibility to achieve clear penetration deep into the patient for clear image quality. WinProbe has made extensive efforts in the system's power supply, shielding and connections. Thus housing the console in a case and connecting it to a personal computer which is not subject to the same vigorous electrical noise criteria, via a length of cable for physical separation is ideal for research platforms

       Thunderbolt is the state of the art high speed thin flexible cable to provide separation of the ultrasound system and the personal computer in this ultimate noise free requirement.  Operating at 10 or 20 Giga-bits per second it supports, in the UltraVision's case, at 400 Mega-bytes per second.  The UltraVision's printed circuit board supports 4 channels of Gen 2 PCIe which can transfer data at 1600 Megabytes per second over a PCIe cable and is available from special systems.

       In the clinical system the physical connection between the PC and the FPGA is via four lanes of PCIe.  This makes a short connection for the 1600 megabits per second and both the PC and the ultrasound share the same external case.  The case is compartmentalized and extensive measures are taken to prevent interference while maintaing the requirements of IEC60601-2 for 15,000 volt discharge compliance.

UltraVision Corporation: 11770 US Highway 1,  Suite 302E, Palm Beach Gardens, Florida, 33408-3054  Tel: (561) 626-4055

UltraVision Corporation is an accredited ISO13485:2016 / ISO 9001: 2015 manufacturer of medical ultrasound systems