Reconfigurable embedded systems applications for versatile biomedical measurements

Luca Cerina, Marco D. Santambrogio

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Nowadays, the majority of the monitoring devices used in clinical settings is limited to specific applications and powered by highly specialized microcontrollers and pre-programmed DSP systems. Moreover, these kind of devices are usually connected to a high capacity battery to operate in case of power blackout. Nevertheless, considering that all the measured bio-signals depends from an amperometric or potentiometric transducer, it should be viable to integrate them on a single device with multiple probes, reprogrammable sensor-fusion capabilities and on-board signal processing. Within this context, in this paper, we present a design concept for such a device. Exploiting FPGA reconfigurability, various analog front-ends can be connected to the device and configured to return the measured signal or the output of the desired signal processing to the user. Multiple case studies with different sensors and end-user applications are described. The high degree of parallelism and the reduced frequency of the embedded FPGA coprocessor make it suitable for all the applications that are subject to medium/low power and cost constraints such as portable Point-of-Care devices or emergency medical centers.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 2017 Design, Automation and Test in Europe, DATE 2017
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers
Number of pages6
ISBN (Electronic)978-3-9815370-8-6
Publication statusPublished - 15 May 2017
Externally publishedYes
Event20th Design, Automation and Test in Europe Conference an Exhibition (DATE 2017) - Swisstech, Lausanne, Switzerland
Duration: 27 Mar 201731 Mar 2017
Conference number: 20


Conference20th Design, Automation and Test in Europe Conference an Exhibition (DATE 2017)
Abbreviated titleDATE 2017
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