Siemens redefines 3D medical imaging with next-generation products enabled by Virtex-4 SX FPGAs and Xilinx Design Services
SAN JOSE, Calif., August 2, 2005 - Xilinx, Inc. (NASDAQ: XLNX), the world's leading programmable logic supplier, and Siemens Medical Solutions, one of the largest suppliers to the healthcare industry in the world, today announced a collaboration that is expected to result in the world’s most innovative 3D medical imaging solutions. Siemens has selected Xilinx as its FPGA (field programmable gate array) 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 DSP (digital signal processing) 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,” said 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,” said Aditya Prasad, an analyst at Frost and Sullivan, a leading 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.”
About Xilinx Virtex-4 SX FPGAs
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.
Collaboration through the Xilinx Alliance Program
Siemens Medical Solutions is now a member of the Xilinx Alliance Program as a provider of third-party design services. Xilinx established this program 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 (NYSE: SI) with headquarters in Malvern, Pennsylvania and Erlangen, Germany, is one of the largest suppliers to the healthcare industry in the world. The company is known for bringing together innovative medical technologies, healthcare 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 EUR, orders of 8.12 billion EUR and group profit of 1.05 billion EUR for fiscal 2004. More information can be obtained by visiting http://www.usa.siemens.com/medical-pressroom.
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