Medical breakthroughs, clinical therapy advancements, and growing/aging populations worldwide are all contributing to the explosive growth in Health Sciences. Larger integrated networks that connect all devices to gather and use data in multiple ways require intelligent synchronicity. Use of FPGA modules is expanding through all areas of this market. Design engineers need powerful and flexible FPGA modules to accommodate this convergence.

Opal Kelly FPGA modules have been instrumental in the deployment of many recent innovations in health science:

  • Bioinformatics and DNA sequencing
  • High-resolution 3D image reconstruction for medical imaging
  • Sensing technologies for clinical balance recovery therapies helping concussion and stroke patients
  • Real-time imaging solutions to assist surgeons in the operating room
  • Intuitive surgical and minimally invasive surgical robotics

Our extensive selection of FPGA modules and accessories range from simple and low-cost to highly sophisticated multichannel devices. Platform support includes Windows, macOS, and Linux on both x86 and ARM architectures. Our FrontPanel software simplifies module programming. We provide the right device tailored to your project and budget, and ultimately, faster time-to market for Health Sciences applications.

Customer Deployments

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Plexon developed the Optogenetic Controller, leveraging two custom boards created by the Plexon team, with an Opal Kelly FPGA module and USB interface.

The product includes four channels of programmable current drivers that can deliver in excess of 1.1 A each for driving high-powered LEDs. The high-powered LEDs in turn generate the light to do the optogenetic research.

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University of Illinois

Cancer affects one in three people worldwide. Surgery remains the primary curative option for localized cancers, but good prognoses require complete removal of primary tumors and timely recognition of metastases.

To expand surgical capabilities and enhance patient outcomes, University of Illinois developed a six-channel color/near-infrared image sensor inspired by the mantis shrimp visual system that enabled near-infrared fluorescence image guidance during surgery.

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The RHD2000 Evaluation System supports the Intan Technologies series of electrophysiology sensor devices, providing up to 64 unipolar sensor inputs and an optional accelerometer. The system software source code (C++ / Qt) is released as open source to encourage development with their sensor technology.

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Tecella supplies HTS/UHTS measurement systems that accelerate and improve drug discovery and pre-clinical research. Opal Kelly’s FPGA modules are used in Tecella’s products for digital system control and data acquisition.


  • Medical Imaging
  • Electromedical
  • Telemedicine
  • Robotics
  • Biopharma
  • Lab and Life Sciences
  • Optogenetics

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