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PoC sensor wireless platform designed for healthcare

Posted: 29 Apr 2010     Print Version  Bookmark and Share

Keywords:wireless sensor  healthcare  Bluetooth  processor 

LynuxWorks and Portwell Inc. have collaborated on a proof-of-concept (PoC) wireless sensor platform based on Intel chips designed for the healthcare community.

The PoC platform can connect to more than 25 Bluetooth wireless biometric sensors and has the ability to graphically portray patient sensor data for visual monitoring in a familiar Windows environment.

The companies also address data security, which is crucial in applying technology solutions to healthcare applications.

"Highly secure software environments such as LynxSecure that control memory boundaries can prevent applications from accessing the data regions of other applications, and thus help manufacturers meet safety-critical standards," said Stephen Balacco, director Embedded Software and Tools practice, VDC Research.

The new platform uses the Portwell WADE-8067, an Intel Core2 Duo processor-based Mini-ITX board with LynxSecure to securely run both a Linux OS and an unmodified Windows OS in parallel on the platform.

The Windows operating system, for example, is used to provide the environment for GUI and other open applications.

"The use of a secure separation kernel and hypervisor such as LynxSecure enables new highly integrated platforms such as the PoC to provide more processing power, lower energy consumption and dramatically reduce bill-of-material costs," said Alex Zilberman, medical segment manger, Intel's embedded and communications Group.

-Nicolas Mokhoff
EE Times

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