Intel® Architecture Platforms for Scalable Medical Devices

Intel eases the development and integration of interoperable medical products capable of scaling to any application

Medical devices are increasingly required to handle data-intensive workloads, complex algorithms, multiple functions and multi-protocol wireless networking. In addition, these devices must provide secure integration with IT systems and address the unrelenting pressure to reduce costs and improve the quality of patient care.

Intel enables device manufacturers to meet all these requirements with breakthrough performance per watt, and protects product investments by supporting its embedded platforms for an industry-leading 7 years.

Benefits of Intel® Architecture

Developing on Intel platforms means access to a broad range of software libraries, development tools, technical resources and content that accelerates time-to-market and keeps costs down.

Intel Already Fits the IT Infrastructure

The development of standards for security, privacy, integration, sharing, exchange and retrieval of electronic health care records and transactions requires the smooth integration of medical devices and IT infrastructure. Such standards include those required by the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) and developed by Standards Developing Organizations (SDOs) like Health Level Seven (HL7).

The use of Intel embedded processors in medical devices enables the implementation of these standards, with support for widely used communications protocol stacks including Zigbee*, Bluetooth* and WiFi for compatibility and reliable integration with the IT infrastructure.

Intel® Advanced Platform Technologies

Intel provides integrated platform solutions that enhance security, manageability and reliability – key attributes in new medical devices and applications.

• Intel® Virtualization Technology (Intel® VT) is hardwarebased assistance for virtualization software that offers the ability to run different operating systems on a single device, allowing divergent applications to run in parallel.

• Intel® Active Management Technology is a hardwarebased remote management mechanism that enables faster and less costly servicing and troubleshooting of medical devices. Maintenance can be performed over a network, reducing device downtime where it matters – including emergency rooms, operating rooms and ICUs.

• Intel® Trusted Execution Technology is a set of hardware extensions to Intel® processors and chipsets that helps keep medical devices secure, helping to satisfy HIPAA standards. It enhances interoperability by securely sending and receiving data between devices.

• Intel® Anti-Theft for HDD Data Protection is efficient and flexible hardware-based full hard drive encryption that enhances platform-level security with built-in encryption and key management. It is designed complement third-party encryption solutions.

Tools to Accelerate Development

Intel maintains extensive code libraries, including Intel® Performance Primitives (Intel® IPP), in addition to Intel® software tools that ease the transition from sequential to parallel processing by helping to identify threading opportunities and tuning threaded application performance.

The Intel® Software Network provides free technical articles and training to help you maximize code performance and minimize development effort. Visit us at

A Strong Ecosystem: the Intel® Embedded & Communications Alliance

To support open standards and to enable a comprehensive set of solutions for customers, Intel is working with an extensive ecosystem of operating system, hardware, and software providers. The newly launched Intel® Architecture Embedded Design Center is your source for design-in support, technical documentation, software, tools, training and community collaboration on Intel’s latest platforms available online at

For More Information

Contact your Intel representative for more details, and visit us online at

Embedded IA Processors for Medical Devices

The Intel® Atom™ processor – the performance of IA in small form factor for thermally constrained and fanless embedded applications

The Intel® Core™2 Duo processor T9400 – enhanced performance, extended battery life and wireless interoperability

Quad-Core and Dual-Core Intel® Xeon® processors – breakthrough performance and energy efficiency

Contact Information

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