DFI-ITOX: High-Performance Medical Computing Devices
Charlie Yang, General Manager
The advent of modern medical devices has the potential to take healthcare to a new level with a profound impact on population health, patient outcomes, and health systems. However, the medical devices market is burdened with the challenges of being a highly regulated industry. As a veteran in the medical devices industry, Charlie Yang, general manager of DFI-ITOX, believes that one of the major capabilities that a medical computing device should possess is a long shelf life. “This is because healthcare practices go through various medical certifications and once these are cleared, the medical devices cannot be changed until the next certification.” As a leading supplier of high-performance computing technology worldwide, DFI-ITOX offers advanced industrial motherboards, system-on-modules, industrial computers, and solutions for medical devices that have prolonged lifetimes as long as 15 years. In addition, they feature BOM “Frozen” service that ensures that the components of a medical device are unchanged after the certification process, which is a core criterion for its validation.
As a true innovator in the medical devices industry, DFI-ITOX is able to pique the interest of large manufacturers in the field such as Hitachi, Toshiba, GE Medical Systems, and Siemens. “DFI-ITOX understands the growing needs of the medical devices industry and invests significantly in research and development.
“With 30 percent of our employees in R&D, we have a growing list of innovations that make us the primary choice for big enterprises,” says Yang. DFI-ITOX provides the ability of fanless cooling to align with the silent environment of a hospital or medical facility, in addition to an anti-bacterial surface design that has an easy-to-clean enclosure. Moreover, by using DFI’s AIO and Box PC design with an integrated panel, doctors can easily display relevant data to patients.
DFI’s motherboard R&D efforts bring functionalities like isolated I/O which protects a PC from unexpected voltage fluctuations. The company’s different motherboards form factors are designed to meet the needs of medical devices of various sizes. To meet the requirement of high-resolution imaging, DFI-ITOX offers 4K video outputs and signal testing, including DVI and HDMI capabilities. Additionally, DFI’s ECC memory support provides error correction to avoid processing failure.
DFI-ITOX also excels in the field of embedded products that are utilized in a variety of medical devices, ranging from panel PCs at a self-registering kiosk to ultrasound, CT system, and medical PCs. DFI-ITOX also offers customized projects for customers where they can choose the type of motherboard they require from the wide variety offered by DFI.
With 30 percent of our employees in R&D, we have a growing list of innovations that make us the primary choice for big enterprises
DFI’s success stories span globally. A Japanese client striving for better dental X-ray imaging approached DFI-ITOX to build a system with high computing abilities, superior imaging, and rich I/O connectivity that also transformed the whole X-ray process to digital. In the U.S., DFI-ITOX has assisted clients with surgical imaging equipment to examine a patient’s medical condition. The device offered by DFI-ITOX featured a powerful system with responsiveness, high-resolution imaging, and flexible, easy integration.
With plans for expanding its capabilities, DFI-ITOX is collaborating with medical system integrators that are knowledgeable in the field of hardware and software. “Hardware is our strong suit, but it is now time we understand the software aspect of a system in order to manufacture a complete product, rather than just the essential hardware components, thus, we always open our arms to work with medical system integrator,” concludes Yang.
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