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STMicroelectronics’ New High-Performance 16-Channel Pulser to Reinvent Ultrasound Market


STMicroelectronics has made an exclusive rollout of a new high-voltage, compact, robust and cost-effective transmission pulser solution.

The new 16-channel pulser from ST is built on the company’s proven BCD8s-SOI technology that supports analog (Bipolar), digital (CMOS), and power (DMOS) circuits on the same die.

Targeting Key Medical and Industrial Applications, the STHV1600 from ST Provides:

  • A valuable solution for high-end cart systems and ultra-portable ultrasound equipment.
  • While reinforcing ST’s existing portfolio of 4- and 8-channel pulser transmitters for medical and industrial ultrasound applications.
  • To assure the smallest size, the state-of-the-art STHV1600 transmission (TX) pulser integrates high-resolution beamforming for its 16 independent channels.
  • Offering the capability to program code excitation allows users to implement high voltage stages and store the patterns in memory.
  • For maximum flexibility, each channel can support up to five output levels and the output stages can provide up to ±2A peak output current, independent from the high-voltage power-supply pins.
  • The STHV1600 includes several global blocks including thermal protection for the logic and for each channel, under-voltage protection, and self-biased high-voltage MOSFET gate drivers with internal checks.
  • Moreover, the IC includes 65 kbits of embedded memory to store pattern-control settings.

The STHV1600 (in a 144-ball 10×10 TFBGA) is in production and currently sampling to lead customers. An evaluation board for the STHV1600, STEVAL-IME014V1 is currently available to select customers. Please contact your ST sales office.

Further info about the new ST transmission pulser solution:  Click here 


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