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How the iMX8M Mini System Enhanced a Medical Device Manufacturer’s Product Line

  • 40% boost in image processing speed

  • Battery life extended by 25%

Overview

In the field of embedded systems, companies continually seek compact, powerful, and efficient technologies. One transformative solution is the iMX8M Mini system module, particularly impactful in the industrial and medical sectors for its high performance and energy efficiency. Let’s dive into a specific example where this technology made a significant difference.

Client Profile

Our client is a frontrunner in manufacturing portable diagnostic medical devices. They were searching for a technological upgrade to enhance the functionality and reliability of their products.

The Challenge

  1. Their existing embedded systems lacked the processing capability needed for advanced graphical user interfaces (GUIs), crucial for user-friendly medical devices.
  2. High power consumption was a primary concern, diminishing the portable devices’ efficiency and battery life.
  3. They faced stringent regulations and complex certification processes, especially concerning wireless connectivity.
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How the iMX8M Mini System Enhanced a Medical Device Manufacturer’s Product Line
How the iMX8M Mini System Enhanced a Medical Device Manufacturer’s Product Line

Solution Implementation with the iMX8M Mini

We recommended the iMX8M Mini system on module for its robust features tailored to their needs:

Quad-Core Performance for Advanced Operations: The iMX8M Mini’s four Cortex-A53 cores allowed us to support advanced operating systems and power-intensive applications, enhancing both the speed and responsiveness of the GUIs on medical devices.

Real-Time Processing Capabilities: Utilizing the Cortex-M4 processor for real-time tasks ensured that critical diagnostic measurements were processed accurately and without delay,” he added.

Energy Efficiency: The energy efficiency of the iMX8M Mini, thanks to its 14LPC FinFET technology, was a game changer for us, extending the battery life of our devices significantly.

Enhanced Connectivity Options: With dual-band Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 5.3 capabilities, we improved our device’s connectivity, and the pre-certification of these features significantly reduced our go-to-market time.

Future-Proofing with Advanced Interfaces: The inclusion of interfaces like Gigabit Ethernet and PCIe was essential for ensuring our device could meet future requirements.

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How the iMX8M Mini System Enhanced a Medical Device Manufacturer’s Product Line
How the iMX8M Mini System Enhanced a Medical Device Manufacturer’s Product Line

Implementation and Results

The implementation was straightforward. The engineering team integrated the iMX8M Mini into the development of a new portable ultrasound device series, creating a custom Linux-based system to utilize the module’s 64-bit processing power.

“Integrating the iMX8M Mini revolutionized our products,” the project manager shared. “We saw a 40% boost in image processing speed, which drastically reduced the diagnosis time. The user experience also got a notch higher with a much smoother and reliable GUI. Most importantly, the battery life extended by 25%, allowing longer usage in critical situations.”

The success of the iMX8M Mini exemplifies its efficacy in modernizing medical equipment, showcasing its broader potential across various industrial applications. As the project manager concluded, “This technology didn’t just meet our expectations; it exceeded them, setting a new standard for what we expect from our embedded systems.”

Client

Electronics Manufacturer

Tech Stack

PCB Design