Duagon supplies 40,000 PowerPC controller boards for ventilators

November 12, 2020 //By Nick Flaherty
Duagon supplies 40,000 PowerPC controller boards for ventilators
Duagon in Switzerland has supplied over 40,000 controllers to Hamilton Medical for ventilators for Covid-19 patients.

On short notice, duagon produced around 40,000 electronic controller boards within a few weeks from its plant in Nuremberg, Germany for ventilators made by Hamilton Medical in Switzerland.

The company had designed a customized board for Hamilton to control ventilators with patient monitoring for invasive and non-invasive therapies for adults, children and infants.  

The ESM COM design is based on commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) products and implemented specifically for Hamilton Medical. Based around NXP’s PowerPC MPC8548 and ARM processors, it includes an application-specific I/O block embedded in and FPGA, binary I/O, pulse width modulation, quadrature decoder, frequency counter and a custom carrier board developed by Hamilton Medical.

In addition, the board has a highly robust design, which is necessary due to the mobile equipment and the load when in use. The design also features long-term availability, and duagon maintains the complete life-cycle management process for the customer. The COM modules connect to the host CPU using the FPGA and PCI to withstand the tough real-time requirements.

During the Covid-19 pandemic, the demand for ventilators rose sharply worldwide and Hamilton Medical placed an order with duagon without advance notice for the 40,000 boards, with a delivery requirement of only a few weeks. An order of this volume is usually produced by duagon at its Nuremberg site in around a year. Despite the challenges of maintain staff safety during the Coid-19 panedemic and the challenging procurement of components, duagon was able to manage the entire supply chain. With the support of the suppliers, duagon says it was able to deliver the ordered boards on time, in some cases even early.  

"Due to their very short-term and flexible support, duagon contributed significantly to our project success in the still challenging COVID-19 pandemic and exceeded our expectations by far. Against the background of our long-term partnership, duagon knew our products and requirements exactly and supplied us on time thanks to their local production in Europe,"

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