The Electronics Engineering Group of the Ultrasound Department specializes in the analog and digital circuit design of customer-specific ultrasound applications for a wide range of applications.
Compared to industrial and medical ultrasound equipment, active and passive sonar systems typically move in low-frequency ranges (usually from about 50 Hz to about 2 MHz), enabling echoes to be received in water from depths of up to several hundred meters.
Based on the in-house developed, modular multi-channel platform DiPhAS (Digital Phased Array System), which has also successfully established itself in the medical field, a large number of innovative sonar systems have already been developed for a wide range of applications, such as deep-sea research (up to 6000 m depth), mapping of seabed, detection of damage to the base of offshore wind turbines, harbour basins or ship hulls and much more.
The experience of the employees in the design of analog and digital ultrasound hardware covers the entire spectrum of development from concept creation to prototypes and up to market-ready systems. The core competencies of the working group include:
- Feasibility studies, electrical simulations
- Development of customer and application-specific basic concepts
- Design of analog and digital circuits and creation of multi-layer PCB layouts
- Printed circuit board assembly and assembly of prototypes
- Hardware-based programming using FPGAs and µControllers
- Characterization and technical documentation of the system
In cooperation with the software development / system integration working group, complete applications are implemented and developed into customer-specific products.