刚在网上看到一篇英文的博客,说树莓派zero将被用于制造呼吸机,我也不知道为啥我会觉得搞笑。。。总感觉有很多年前中国被卡脖子就自研的意思,哈哈哈。。。

我们来看下原文是怎么说的:

The Raspberry Pi Foundation hopes to make 250,000 Pi Zeros this quarter.

树莓派基金会希望制造在这个季度生产25万片树莓派zero。

As the coronavirus pandemic continues to overwhelm the healthcare industry, one of the clearest needs is a more reliable supply of ventilators. To make more of the life saving devices, manufacturers are turning to new designs that are faster and more affordable to make -- and the super affordable Raspberry Pi computer boards have become a go-to component. Tom’s Hardware reports that The Raspberry Pi Foundation is ramping up production of its Pi Zero boards to help supply manufacturers with enough units to keep up with the high demand for ventilators. While the $5 Pi Zero is the company’s least powerful computer (it features a single core, 1.0 GHz CPU and 512 MB of RAM) it still has enough juice to control the relatively simple computing tasks of a ventilator.

由于新冠肺炎的持续流行导致的公共卫生瘫痪,呼吸机的稳定供应成为当前的重中之重!为了制造更多的挽救生命的设备(呼吸机),制造商正转向能够更快、更便宜的新设计--超级便宜的树莓派电脑(???)正受到青睐。Tom's Hardware(注:一个国外著名硬件测评网站)报导了树莓派基金会正加速生产树莓派zero以为制造商提供足够的组件来满足对呼吸机的高需求。尽管树莓派zero是树莓派基金会生产的最次的计算机(单核1GHz,512MB内存),但是这玩意仍然能够满足呼吸机所需要的相对简单的计算任务。

Another reason Raspberry Pi boards are ideal for ventilators is the company’s ability to supply them quickly. Eben Upton, CEO and Founder of Raspberry Pi told Tom’s Hardware that, “Raspberry Pi ‘builds to stock’ rather than ‘building to order,’ so we generally have products either on-hand or in the pipeline with short lead times.” The company made 192,000 Pi Zero and Pi Zero W boards in the first quarter of 2020, but is aiming to produce 250,000 of them in the second quarter of the year. Upton said that, as far as he is aware, this is the first time Raspberry Pi boards are being used as medical device components.

树莓派基金会快速提供这些生产力的能力是树莓派成为制造呼吸机的理想组件的另一个原因。树莓派基金会的CEO和创办者Eben Upton告诉Tom's Hardware,“树莓派有很多存货,而不是有订单才生产,因此,对于交货时间较短的订单我们手头和生产线都能及时供货。”树莓派基金会在2020年的第一个季度共生产了19.2万树莓派zero和树莓派zero w,但他们想在第二个季度生产25万片的板子。Upton说,据他所知,这是树莓派第一次被用于制造医疗设备。

It’s encouraging to see manufacturers getting a little creative with their designs, and adopting technology that is usually associated with the DIY community. Hopefully this approach will help bring more ventilators to market -- and save more lives.

令人鼓舞的是,制造商对自己的设计有所创新,并采用了通常与DIY社区相关的技术。 希望这种方法将有助于将更多的呼吸机推向市场并挽救更多生命。

感想

这个消息确实很令人鼓舞,作为一个嵌入式领域前相关从业者,我觉得这是个重大的利好。以前我们总是认为树莓派难以运用于实际生产,但这次新冠肺炎的大爆发使得一些医疗设备企业不得不考虑可行的设计方案,为树莓派创造了一个打入工控市场以及医疗设备的机会。也许通过这次尝试,在未来会有更多的设备会采用树莓派制造,所以你看,学过的东西总是有用的,没有没用的知识,只有没用的人!

原文出处:https://www.engadget.com/raspberry-pi-ventilators-covid-19-163729140.html

最后修改日期:2020年4月26日

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