Ultra Low Latency – why it matters in the Healthcare Sector

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Latency is the term given to the speed and consistency of real-time data streaming,
in short: ‘how much time does it take for information to get from A to B.
The more latency can be reduced, the better a group of connected devices can communicate. This is what we call ‘Ultra Low Latency’.


  • Ability to react to changed data instantaneously
  • Improving time-critical applications
  • Improved customer experience
  • It Saves Lives!


Access to real-time information and the ability to respond instantaneously to ever-changing data  significantly improve the efficiency and productivity in the healthcare sector.
Being able to access real-time data is crucial in, for example:

  • Image-guided radiotherapy towards real-time adaptive radiotherapy.
    Real-time, online adaptive radiotherapy makes treatment more effective and the treatment planning times become faster.
  • Real-time image-guided biopsy
    During an actual operation, a doctor can guide a surgical instrument into the best position for obtaining for instance a sample of suspicious cells.
  • Robot-assisted surgery
    The instruments translate the surgeon’s actions into precise movements inside the body. The surgical system responds with a low & fixed latency level to the direction the surgeon is providing.
  • Remote surgery
    High-speed data connections and Low Latency management information systems are key for remote surgery.


What AimValley has found is that CPUs, or merchant switching silicon do not always achieve the required speeds and low latency and that the computation power of a GPU is good in single processing only. Using our FPGA experience, we have shown that ultra low latency is possible, down to sub-microsecond performance. FPGAs provide a stable and fixed latency which makes the decision making process more reliable.

Additionally, an FPGA is capable of multiprocessing on a single chip, resulting in better performance, physical size reduction, and low energy consumption. The programmable architecture of an FPGA provides flexibility to build a dedicated solution for every application.

AimValley has a proven track record in full product development as well as Embedded Software & Embedded Hardware. For their Ultra Low Latency solutions, they believe that FPGA technology is the best solution and brings more value for money:

  • Improving performance
  • Sustainable solution
  • Ready for future tasks extension
  • Downsizing the system
  • Reducing the cost

Customers can use the same architecture for their future systems, preventing the need for multiple parallel developments, and a high amount of reuse for software, tools, and factory test configurations. The AimValley solutions support both the current systems and the next-generation architecture.

Some examples of AimValley’s expertise:

  • Consultancy on connectivity protocols by the systems engineering team.
  • Modeling and simulation of data delays in FPGA
  • High-speed serial interfaces and serial/parallel conversion delays in FPGAs.
  • Implementation and validation measurements of sub-microsecond latency on FPGA

For more information on AimValley’s Ultra Low Latency solutions, please visit their website:
https://www.aimvalley.com/ or connect with our healthcare team: info@aimvalley.com.

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