Mixed Signal ASIC Overview
A mixed signal ASIC refers to the chip that uses both digital and analog circuit design on the same chip. Today, mixed signal chips are everywhere and used in different industries like electronics, mobile devices, aero electronics, and automotive, industrial, and medical applications.
In the medical and industrial fields, mixed signal ASICs are proven essential tools for increased reliability and efficiency. The development of innovative mixed signal ASICs paved way for the industrial and medical industries. Due to their success, they came up with devices and designs that are highly cost and performance effective.
The Benefits of Mixed Signal ASIC for Industrial Application
- High level of integration
- Reduction of cost
- Low power
- High reliability
- Hard to copy, gives you protection in terms of intellectual property
The Benefits of Mixed Signal ASIC for Medical Imaging
- More simple board testing
- Simpler design
- Lesser design components
- Low BOM cost
- Higher performance including power consumption, speed, and reliability
- Low power requirement
- Low noise while meeting high voltage requirement
Uses of Mixed Signal ASICs
The use of mixed signal ASICs in the medical industry plays a significant role in the diagnosis, treatment, management, and monitoring of patients. The availability of mixed signal ASICS provided advanced imaging techniques to improve the understanding of human anatomy and the complexity of existing medical and health conditions.
For example, mixed signal ASICS have been used for ultrasound, CT scans, X-rays, MRI, and 3-dimensional imaging. These advanced visualization approaches have the paved way for medical experts and professionals to better understand complex issues through accurate and precise images in different angles and varying depths.
Different medical specializations have taken advantage of the positive impacts provided by mixed signal ASICs in medical imaging. These practices include orthopedics, cardio-pulmonary, neurology, oncology, internal medicine, diagnostic radiology, surgery, urology, and more.
A detailed and precise digital image is not only beneficial for the treatment or management of an existing condition, but also a great source of detecting early signs of a medical condition.
Although the human body is basically the same, an individual’s anatomy may be different from the other, hence, highly accurate medical images are vital in surgery planning.
That way, a surgeon can carry out a surgical plan before doing the procedure that ensures the safety of the patient without wasting time. The same goes with post-surgery monitoring for faster recovery.
The use of mixed signal ASIC in medical imaging also aids the clinician in designing a personalized medical device. One example would be for splints that support the patient’s comfort while augmenting recovery time.
Although mixed signal ASICs are already in industrial and medical applications, it will take time before they make it in other industries.
Nevertheless, this technology will continue to contribute to improving medical diagnosis, treatment, and management.
In conclusion, Mixed Signal ASICs are tremendously favorable for the medical industry.
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