Renesas Releases Open-Source Ventilator System Reference Design

April 16, 2020 Perry Cohen

In an effort to help combat the COVID-19 virus, Renesas released a new open-source ventilator system reference design. Its purpose is to design ready-to-assemble boards for ventilators. 

The three-board ventilator design can be assembled for operation in homes or hospital environments. The company announced specific features in a press release:  

  • Portable device that can be used with or without gas tanks
  • Controls the tidal volume and mixture of gas delivered to the patient while monitoring the patient’s status
  • Connecting a humidifier to the ventilator’s intake path can soothe the patient’s breathing, making it more comfortable to stay connected for long durations

Per the company, the designs use sensor and motor control boards with Bluetooth so medical professionals can monitor multiple patients at one time. The designs rely on 20 Renesas ICs.

More information on the ventilator system reference design follows below and here.

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