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To make accurate diagnoses based on the images produced by mammograms and other screening technologies, health care professionals need high-performance medical stations to quickly process and analyze massive amounts of data in a secure, interconnected system. These mobile terminals must handle heavy-duty graphics processing and provide reliable I/O functionality to enable intelligent decision-making right in the doctor’s office or hospital room.


The new 4th generation Intel® Core™ processor family can efficiently execute the performance demands of medical stations as well as provide optimized graphics and long battery life, all without busting the power budget for portable medical devices. Based on the Haswell microarchitecture using 22 nm process technology, these processors offer 15 percent faster CPU performance over the previous generation, a whopping 50 percent improvement in battery life in active workloads, and power levels as low as 6 watts, fulfilling essential operating requirements of 2-in-1 designs in the consumer space and other intelligent systems such as medical tablets and terminals.


In addition to delivering top-notch computing performance, 4th generation Intel Core processors satisfy another critical prerequisite in devices that must process and display medical images by doubling the 3D performance of preceding Intel® HD Graphics products and supporting up to three independent screen displays with Ultra HDTV or 4K resolution via the new built-in Intel® Iris graphics. Equipped with new Intel® Advanced Vector Extensions (AVX) 2.0 instructions to enable faster calculations, Intel’s latest highly integrated System-on-Chip (SoC) platform offers other graphics features beneficial to medical terminals, including Intel® Quick Sync Video for accelerating video encoding and decoding and Intel® Wireless Display technology (Intel® WiDi) for wirelessly streaming multimedia to other compatible devices.


Addressing the need for low power consumption in mobile medical units and other portable devices, the 4th generation Intel Core processor improves both active and idle power via new ultra-low-power processor states and helps extend battery life by accelerating start-up (in ultrabooks, less than 3 seconds from deep sleep) through Intel® Rapid Start Technology.


The amped-up yet low-power graphics and computing capabilities that make the 4th generation Intel Core processor ideal for ultrabooks effectively cross over to the medical sector, where mobile tablets and terminals must provide user experiences that are just as instantaneous and intuitive as they are in consumer applications to help deliver immediate and strategic care at a patient’s bedside.


Arbor Technology is putting the 4th generation Intel Core processor into (medical) practice – particularly for nursing and hospital Picture Archive and Communication System (PACS) applications – in the new M1922 19” Fanless Medical Station (Figure 1). Utilizing the Intel® Core™ i5-4402E 1.6 GHz processor with QM87 chipset or Intel® Celeron™ 2002E 1.5 GHz processor with HM86 chipset, the M1922 offers rich I/O and multi-connectivity that can simplify data transmission within a hospital or clinic infrastructure and help reduce medical personnel’s workload, says Rex Hsieh, Arbor’s medical products manager.

M1922_front.jpgFigure 1. Arbor Technology’s M1922 19” Fanless Medical Station leverages the CPU and graphics performance of the 4th generation Intel® Core™ architecture in nursing and PACS applications.


“Based on Intel’s 4th Generation Core processor, M1922 provides great visual experiences for medical services,” Hsieh says. “With the design of one DisplayPort, M1922 can have dual-screen graphic displays to simultaneously transmit 1080P full HD medical graphics.”


The M1922 displays these graphics on a 19” 4:3 wide-viewing angle LCD with resistive touch and offers a 5.0 MP front-facing camera for video conferencing, as well as an optional Serial Digital Interface (SDI) connector that can enable high-resolution video input of endoscopy surgeries, Hsieh says. Besides DisplayPort, the medical station supports dual RS-232, single RS-232/422/485, an SDHC card, and four USB 3.0 ports, while providing connectivity via Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, and two Ethernet LAN ports.


To meet the low-power requirements of mobile medical applications, Arbor’s M1922 supplies an optional alternative external battery that can serve as Uninterruptible Power Supply (UPS) to safeguard medical procedures from any accidental situations such as unexpected power failure, Hsieh says. As a security measure, the M1922 employs access control via an RFID reader and dual smart carder readers, requiring medical personnel to use two cards simultaneously to access a patient’s record, he says.


The Intel Core i5 processor integrated in the M1922 further protects critical patient data by incorporating Intel® Anti-Theft Technology (Intel® AT), which offers automatic lockdown upon missed security check-ins and quickly recovers content using a one-time password. For maintaining advanced system integration and providing remote diagnosis capabilities, the M1922 implements Intel® Active Management Technology (Intel® AMT) to consistently manage data transmitted across different platforms within the same infrastructure.


Medical stations such as Arbor’s M1922 must interact and interoperate with a variety of advanced systems throughout a hospital or doctor’s office. Read this article to learn how the 4th generation Intel Core processor is powering off-the-shelf boards and modules from other members of the Intel Intelligent Systems Alliance targeting medical imaging applications such as cart-based ultrasounds.


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Jennifer Hesse

Roving Reporter (Intel Contractor), Intel® Intelligent Systems Alliance