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A Computing Platform Based on 4th Generation Intel® Core™ Processors That Provides Flexible and Expandable I/Os for In Vitro Diagnostics Instruments

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In the medical world, In Vitro Diagnostic (IVD) instruments are ubiquitously used in hospital labs, doctor offices, and at home. IVD instruments are designed for various qualitative or quantitative diagnostic procedures, commonly called assays, in assessing or measuring the target entity out of the samples. For different assays, IVD instruments are designed with the goal to automate the process, combining and streamlining labor-intensive steps. Based on their applications, these steps could be combined in one self-contained platform, in several discrete platforms, or a combination of both, depending on the application’s needs. Furthermore, some platforms use modularization, starting with minimum modules and then adding modules as the needs grow. This enables laboratories to pick and choose optional modules as needed. With modular design in mind, most IVD instrument providers start with a small footprint platform, and enhance the design with an expandability mechanism to accommodate more modules for future product enhancements. In order to be most effective, an embedded computing platform used in an IVD instrument needs to be easy-to-configure and easy-to-expand.

WADE-8015 Mini-ITX is one of the latest Portwell’s embedded computing solutions. This embedded system board is based on the latest 4th generation Intel® Core™ processors (codenamed Haswell), and features a PCIe x2 gold finger side-edge connector. The WADE-8015 provides power saving, greater performance, better visual experience, as well as enhanced security, and is easy to use, configure and expand for the development of IVD instrument.