Motherboards to Meet Diverse Performance Needs of Medical Applications

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A standard Flex-ATX board with two EN60601-1 compliant isolated Ethernet ports offers a long-term availability of seven years, and in addition to the isolated LANs, includes two DVI interfaces to drive medical imaging tasks on two HD monitors. The performance of the  KTQ67/Flex-MED motherboard from Kontron is scalable across the complete range of the powerful dual-core and quad-core desktop CPUs from Intel’s third generation Core processors, making it easy to tailor the motherboard to a broad range of individual performance needs.

The medical motherboard targets graphics- and/or processing-intensive medical applications found in nearly all healthcare environments ranging from diagnostic work stations through to computers in operating theatres, at nursing stations and in consulting rooms, right up to bedside applications. Such systems are often connected to PACS or other hospital information systems (HIS). In OEM equipment this motherboard will be deployed as a back-end processing block and as a GUI controller for a variety of medical devices including stationary and semi-mobile ultrasound scanners, MRI and CT.

The Kontron medical motherboard KTQ67/Flex-MED is based on the Intel Q67 System Controller Hub and offers up to 32 Gbyte DDR3 RAM. It connects two independent displays via DVI. Apart from the two isolated Gigabit Ethernet interfaces, it also offers 12 USB 2.0 interfaces. Storage media can be connected via the 6x SATA interfaces (4x SATA150/300 and 2x SATA600) with SW RAID support (RAID 0/1/5/10). For expansion cards, PCIe x16, PCIe x4 and PCI 32bit (2x) slots are available. A multi-purpose feature connector supports up to 160 GPIOs. To achieve excellent signal qualities and optimize electromagnetic compatibility, the KTQ67/Flex-MED is based on more PCB layers than are normally found in conventional consumer motherboards. Intel’s Active Management Technology 8.0 is supported for remote management and easy maintenance, resulting in higher system availability and lower overall costs.

With the availability of these medical motherboards in volume production, sourcing and configuration for system integrators and hospital IT departments become an even easier and more convenient task. To deploy a medical PC, customers only have to choose an appropriate standard housing to finalize their individual system configuration. There is no longer any need to add an extra add-on card or to cover the cost of a customized board design in order to obtain galvanic isolated Gigabit Ethernet interfaces and EN13485-compliant manufacturing documentation.

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