Health Prototype Grant for Single-Cable Ultrasound Catheter

Verya Daeichin, Douwe van Willigen, Martin Verweij, Michiel Pertijs and Nico de Jong received a Health Prototype Grant of €10K from the Delft Health Initiative for their project on a “Single-cable three-dimensional opto-acoustic imaging catheter”. The objective of the TU Delft Health Initiative is to promote research in the field of Healthcare at Delft University of Technology. Out of a total of 26 applications, 13 were granted.

Minimally-invasive interventions have revolutionized the healthcare industry, allowing outpatient clinical treatment, which is critical for healthcare in an aging population. Ultrasound imaging is one of the modalities that can fulfil all the requirements for these interventions: it is safe, cheap, real-time and can be made in small devices. Recently we have demonstrated catheter-based imaging devices and their potential, in context of the Perspectief Programme “Instruments for Minimally-Invasive Techniques (iMIT)”.

One of the main challenges in a catheter-based ultrasound imaging device is the number of cables required to connect the ultrasound elements to the imaging system (typically 64-128 cables). Therefore, it is extremely valuable to keep the number of interface connections limited to facilitate a more flexible probe shaft and to leave room for other required pieces such as a guidewire and/or an optical fiber. To address the challenge of miniaturizing 3D ultrasonic imaging devices within the stringent size constraints of a catheter, we have developed an application-specific integrated circuit (ASIC) of 1.5 mm by 1.5 mm which can handle a matrix of 64 ultrasonic transducers elements using only a single cable to generate a real-time 3D ultrasound images. We have realized a prototype of this device on a PCB and have shown its imaging capabilities. The research goal of this proposal is to demonstrate our unique technology in a form that is significantly closer to the final clinical application: integrated at the tip of a small cylinder and connected using a single micro-coax cable.

This project is a collaboration between the Ultrasound ASICs group of the Electronic Instrumentation Laboratory, and the Acoustic Wavefield Imaging group. It fits in the scope of our activities on devices for intra-vascular ultrasound (IVUS).


Inauguration Earl Mc Cune and Cicero Vaucher, May 17th


Sustainable Wireless Systems, Prof Mc Cune

Waves for sensing and communicating: perspectives, Communicating and sensing: views on the road ahead, Prof. Vaucher

Asli Yelkenci wins BioEl 2019 best poster presentation

Congratulations to our MSc Student Asli Yelkenci for winning the best poster presentation at the 2019 Winterschool on Bioelectronics in Kirchberg Austria.

First Prize of 3-E Royal SMIT BSc Competition

Joram van der Vedlen and his team, Louis Marting, Jordy van der Horst, and Nandor Toth, BSc. students from TU-Delft have won the 1st prize in the Netherlands.

Achievement Award for prof. G.Q. Zhang at EuroSimE

Prof. G.Q. Zhang, Microelectronics Department of EWI, received the “Achievement Award” from 20th IEEE international conference on “Thermal, Mechanical and Multiphysics Simulations and Experiments in Microelectronics and Microsystems” (EuroSimE) on 26-03-2019 in Hannover, Germany.

Micro electronics colloquium, Thursday March 28, 15.30 EEMCS Restaurantzaal

The XG- “Next Generation Sensing and Communication” research theme is proud to announce a colloquium devoted to the design and development of advanced data converters based on conventional (delta-sigma) as well as unconventional (built-in signal-processing) techniques. The main application of such data converters is in the transceivers, where they enable the reception of multi-channel and multi-standard signals. We are very honoured, to have two leading scientist presenting their work - namely; Prof. Nan Sun , University of Texas and Muhammed Bolatkale, NXP/TU Delft

Vasiliki Giagka appointed associate editor for Bioelectronic Medicine

Vasiliki Giagka, assistant professor at the Bioelectronics Group at Delft University of Technology, has been invited to the editorial board of Bioelectronic Medicine. The journal asked Giagka for her expertise in fabrication microsystem integration and packaging for neural implants. With her appointment, Giagka is currently one of the youngest associate editors working for the journal.

Wouter Serdijn nieuw lid Wetenschappelijke Raad Medical Delta

Het bestuur van Medical Delta heeft Wouter Serdijn op 7 februari benoemd tot lid van de Wetenschappelijke Raad van Medical Delta. De Wetenschappelijke Raad heeft een belangrijke taak in het realiseren van de doelstelling 'Technologische oplossingen voor duurzame zorg; Van Molecuul tot Toepassing'. De raad telt 26 leden en is sinds eind 2018 actief.

First Microelectronics Synergy Grants

The department of Microelectronics (ME) has just awarded its first Synergy Grants to three research teams. As the name implies, these grants are intended to strengthen the synergy between the research done by the various sections of the ME department. The main authors of the winning research proposals are Akira Endo & Sten Vollebregt, Virgilio Valente & Massimo Mastrangeli and Bori Hunyadi.