Renesas Electronics Launches Open Source Ventilator System Reference Design to Combat COVID-19

TOKYO, Japan, April 16, 2020 – Renesas Electronics Corporation (TSE: 6723), a leading global supplier of semiconductor solutions, today announced a new open-source ventilator system reference design that enables customers to rapidly design pre-installed medical ventilators circuit board. Many regions are experiencing severe shortages of ventilators as the infection rate of the COVID-19 virus continues to climb, leaving hospitals in short supply.

Chris Allexandre, Senior Vice President, IoT and Infrastructure Business Division, Renesas Electronics, said: “In response to the severe challenges of the global fight against the COVID-19 pandemic, Renesas Electronics has introduced a reference design for a ventilator system. With our extensive product portfolio and rich system Design experience to help customers accelerate the development of medical ventilator systems for home or hospital environments.”

Renesas engineers referenced various open source ventilator solutions including the Medtronic PB560 to introduce an easy-to-assemble three-circuit board ventilator reference design. This design controls the tidal volume and gas mixture delivered to the patient while monitoring the patient’s condition. It adopts portable design and can choose whether to add oxygen cylinder or not. In addition, it also supports connecting a humidifier to the air intake channel of the ventilator to ease the patient’s breathing and improve the comfort of long-term use.

The reference design uses up to 20 Renesas IC products, including microcontrollers (MCUs), power supplies, and analog ICs, to implement many of the signal chain and electrical functions required by the ventilator. The system includes a sensor board, motor control board, and a communication board that supports Bluetooth® connectivity, allowing medical professionals to monitor multiple patients simultaneously from a tablet or other mobile device. Each board is equipped with a microcontroller (MCU) that monitors the status of the connected board while controlling its specific tasks. The ventilator solution also provides detection systems for each function to facilitate regulatory review and ensure patient safety.

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