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AMD's Embedded Radeon HD 7850 GPU advances medical imaging

Posted: 14 Jan 2015     Print Version  Bookmark and Share

Keywords:GPU  GPGPU  OpenCL  ultrasound system 

Advanced Micro Devices has enhanced its GPU line with the Embedded Radeon HD 7850 that enables advanced imaging performance for the BK ultrasound powered by Analogic's bk3000 ultrasound system.

Analogic used OpenCL standard to gain access to the GPU for general-purpose computing, referred to as "GPGPU," delivering exceptional performance and offering system and development cost reduction through cross-platform portability. As a result of using AMD's GPU technology, Analogic achieved a 3x improvement in the amount of information in each ultrasound image and reduced time from capture to presentation.

BK ultrasound

Traditional FPGAs and DSPs create a fixed, inflexible implementation that requires custom software targeted at specific hardware. Going to a software-based solution using OpenCL helps to further lower the development cost and provides improved long-term value since the software can be used across product lines and through generation shifts.

"The bk3000 ultrasound system, powered by AMD embedded graphics technology, delivers exceptional speed and image fidelity, which allows clinicians to identify anatomy and flow dynamics deeper in challenging patients," said Jacques Coumans, chief marketing and scientific officer, Analogic.

The AMD Embedded Radeon HD 7850 is based on AMD's Graphics Core Next (GCN) architecture to advance the visual growth and parallel processing capabilities of embedded applications. In addition to ultrasound, other applications for GPGPU include some of the most complex parallel applications such as terrain and weather mapping, facial and gesture recognition and biometric and DNA analysis.

The Analogic bk3000 ultrasound system is targeted for urology, surgery, general imaging and procedure guidance applications.

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