Last updateThu, 19 Jul 2018 12pm

Zecotek Introduces Innovative Wireless ASIC Microchip For Positron Emission Tomography Medical Imaging

Zecotek Photonics Inc. (“Zecotek” or the “Company”) (TSX-V: ZMS, Frankfurt: W1I, OTCPK: ZMSPF), a developer of leading-edge photonics technologies for healthcare, industrial and scientific markets, is pleased to announce a novel wireless full duplex single frequency ASIC microchip to be used in conjunction with the solid-state MAPT photo detectors in high resolution positron emission tomography (PET) medical scanners. Healthcare is one of the top five segments of the global application specific integrated circuit market that researchers project to grow to be valued over U$35 billion by 2024.

“The wireless full duplex single frequency ASIC microchip is our latest component that we have developed for high resolution PET medical imaging,” said Dr. A.F. Zerrouk, Chairman, President, and CEO of Zecotek Photonics Inc. “Like our LFS scintillation crystals and MAPD and MAPT solid-state photo detectors used in new PET medical scanners, the wireless ASIC was designed to improve the operating efficiency of the imaging devices. The new wireless ASIC will form part of Zecotek’s Integrated Detector Module comprising of a LFS array, MAPT array and read out electronics, offering manufactures a complete modular solution for medical imaging. It is very likely that the performance and cost characteristics of our wireless ASIC can benefit other large and growing markets.”

A significant cost and reliability challenge in high resolution PET/CT medical imaging, is the use of many copper cables and connectors. Higher resolution medical imaging demands a greater number of detector channels required, and the use of convention cabling restricts the physical designs of many of imaging systems, and thus limits their deployment for special imaging needs. With Zecotek’s wireless ASIC for PET medical imaging, the ability of hundreds of detector channels to send data to a central concentrator, through short range very fast RF systems, eliminates much of the cabling required in scanners and frees up constraints on the physical layout of detector arrays.

Zecotek’s new full duplex single frequency ASIC microchip optimizes RF communications to support a wide range of applications: from one-to-one data exchange between two devices, to hundreds of data sources exchanging data with a single data receiver or manager. This full duplex radio approach with a basic protocol will allow developers to custom design how data is packaged and sent between devices, while providing data transfer approaching orders of magnitude faster than what has been achieved with current commercial devices.

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