Embien with its rich experience in embedded domain has ported the latest Windows Embedded Compact offering from Microsoft – WEC2013 on to the Cubieboard2 an open source hardware platform. On top of this BSP, a model medical application is demonstrated.

WEC2013/Windows CE on Cubieboard2

Cubieboard2, a successor to Cubieboard aka Cubieboard1, is a popular open hardware platform. Available at a low price tag of around $70, it offers a wide range of features.

Some of the major features include

  • SoC: Allwinner A20
  • CPU: ARM® Cortex™-A7 Dual-Core
  • GPU: ARM® Mali400MP2, Complies with OpenGL ES 2.0/1.1
  • Memory: 1GB DDR3 @480M
  • Storage: 4GB internal NAND flash, up to 32GB on SD slot, up to 2T on 2.5” SATA disk
  • Networking: 10/100 Ethernet, optional USB Wifi
  • USB: Two USB 2.0 HOST, one mini USB 2.0 OTG
  • Display: 1x HDMI 1080P display output
  • Other: One IR
  • Extended Interfaces: 96 extend pin interface, including I2C, SPI, RGB/LVDS, CSI/TS, FM-IN, ADC, CVBS, VGA, SPDIF-OUT, R-TP, and more

This board is very popular because of its low cost yet powerful performance. More details of the same can be obtained from the product site http://cubieboard.org.

While the product supports various flavors of Linux and Android, Embien offers Windows CE support for the same. The Windows Embedded Compact 2013 BSP from Embien is a quality offering that enables power of Microsoft WinCE in the platform.

The below video shows Windows CE on Cubieboard2 along with a demo medical application.

Demo Medical Application on WinCE

As with any industry, nowadays medical devices needs intuitive user interface. Among the devices used for diagnosis, monitoring or treatment of medical conditions, the monitoring equipment are the mostly used that require UI friendly design as well as durability.

Monitoring equipment’s for ECG, EEG, blood pressure etc. have become more of a norm and there is a huge market potential for such devices. These functionalities could be combined to one or as separate instruments. The device must also be fast enough combined with attractive pricing.

While there are many options for choosing the underlying OS for medical devices, WinCE still play an important role. While Android/Linux dodged by GPL licensing, Microsoft offers outright licensing model for Windows CE. The Real Time OS offers ease in certification process needed for medical instruments. Few market studies have claimed that the overall development cost with WinCE is less compared to other platforms.

In this demo, Embien demonstrates acquisition and rendering of various data including ECG, Pleth and NIBP plots. Patient details with their image are also displayed. Extra buttons such as start, record, menu, settings etc is provided on screen. All these UI elements are made to fit in 7 inch LCD display, suited for medical devices.

This demo Medical Application on WinCE shows the support of our Windows CE BSP- WEC2013 on Cubieboard2 along with our application development capabilities.

About Embien Technologies: Embien Technologies is a leading provider of embedded design services for the Semi-conductor, Industrial, Consumer and Health Care segments. We have specially developed expertise for Microsoft Windows Embedded Compact developments. Our extensive experience in working with medical technologies like ECG, SpO2, NIBP, Wearables, Vision charts etc enables us provide solutions to customer quickly at an unmatched quality at a very low price point. Feel free to contact us for any of your medical product/prototype development requirements or WinCE BSPs for Allwinner or any other processors.


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