Abaco Systems (Huntsville, Ala.) recently won a $3 million design award for a cardio device that uses low-coherence light to capture micrometer-resolution in two- and three-dimensional images.
The contract, announced yesterday, is with an undisclosed customer. It could have a long-term value of $30 million. Abaco is initially delivering 1,000 units, with plans to deliver 4,000 over the next 10 years.
The device measures pressure differences across a coronary artery and produces images that stream into a percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) workflow. The design includes Abaco’s ICS-1650, a 2-Channel DC-coupled ADC PCI Express card for software-defined radio (SDR) applications.
Abaco touted the ICS-1650’s ability to provide powerful base-band signal processing capability. It bundles analog to digital converter (ADC), digital down-converter (DDC), and field-programmable gate array (FPGA) resources in one PCI Express card. Typical uses include communications, signal intelligence, smart antenna, radar beam forming, wireless test and measurement and satellite ground stations.
“This design win shows Abaco’s commitment to our customer’s successes in industrial environments. This unique application is exactly the type of innovation we strive to deliver. Our ability to provide ongoing long-term support shows our commitment to longevity with our products, and the ICS-1650 is a testament to our reduction in product obsolescence,” said Pete Thompson, VP of product management for Abaco Systems.