Siemens Healthcare, one of the key suppliers to the healthcare industry has adopted Dell's Precision T5500 Long-Life workstation in its latest Acuson SC2000 volume imaging ultrasound system. Dell makes this platform available to the embedded market using it's “long life” strategy, meaning that the platform will be available for at least three years, and the company promises to provide tech support for at least three years beyond the initial three years.
The Precision T5500 workstation is the first of several future long-lifecycle OEM-class platforms from Dell's OEM division. The company claims that this program helps its OEM customers extend product lifecycle times and, in certain cases, skip entire product generations, thereby reducing requalification and additional engineering costs in the development cycle.
The platform is built with 64-bit multi-core Intel Xeon processors. Users can choose between dual-socket or quad-core performance in a mini-tower form factor. Other features include an integrated memory controller on the processor with a dedicated three-channel high-speed memory architecture, supports for up to 48 Gbytes of memory, multi-level shared cache, and high-speed point-to-point interconnects. Dual-native PCIe x16 Gen 2 graphics slots combine with quad-monitor support extended use of Intel Turbo Boost Technology.