YektaSonics Phased-Array or BeamFormer
Focused Ultrasound (FUS), known as "medicine best kept secret", is a revolutionary, non-invasive, and fast-growing medical therapy. It sends harmless sound waves from outside of the body to create a therapeutic focal point, with currently over 130 medical applications (which is 4 times increase in the past 4 years). It has promising results in the whole medicine such as Oncology, Gynecology, Neurology, Psychiatry, Orthopedics, Cardiology, and more.
We have developed a highly cost-effective ($10k vs $200k) focused ultrasound phased array system, where pure RF or sine outputs (beneficial due to signal Magnetic Resonance Imaging, MRI, compatibility and power efficiency to transducers) are controlled on our outputs for fine phase and power control, in a scalable channel counts. Our technology will be a core building block of the focused ultrasound medical devices.
FUS is well compared with MRI started 40 years ago, which revolutionized medical diagnostics. A new revolution is happening now in medical therapy using FUS.
Our Story & Vision
We started as university research at the University of California - Berkeley in 2015. We owned the complete IP from UC. YektaSonics was formed to introduce a focused ultrasound phased array in 2017. We achieved a novel scalable channel count phased array with sine outputs in highly cost-effective fashion. We received strong traction from industry & academia.
After launching our phased array device, we plan to miniaturize our technology to introduce ultrasound Deep Brain Stimulator (uDBS), to replace current severely invasive Deep Brain Stimulators (DBS). DBS is used for neurologic conditions such as Epilepsy, Parkinson, OCD, and Essential Tremor. DBS suffers from cases of death, coma, bleeding, stroke, and infections, to name a few issues.
Our patented ultrasound phased array technology is an order of magnitude lower cost ($10k vs $200k for same channel count) and has special performance of producing pure sine or harmonic free outputs. The array capabilities are:
- 1 degree phase control
- 1% power control
- 10 W/channel to 50 ohm transducer (20 W/channel to lower matched transducer)
- removal of matching networks at outputs
- 90% power efficiency on power
- burst control capability
- frequency range from low sub MHz to few MHz
- compact size of 1 cubic foot for 256 channels
- cost of $10k for 256 channels
- scalable in channel count from 1 channel to 1000+.
- dynamic programming capability.
The following videos show our prototype:
1. The legacy device, where phase and power are controlled with high Signal-to-Noise Ratio:
2. The wide bandwidth device, where frequency can be changed on the software side. The video shows wide ultrasound frequency from 0.2-2 MHz:
3. Multichannel device, where channels are synched together and can be programmed for different phase and power:
National Science Foundation pitch deck acceptance for Small Business Innovation Research
NSF Innovation Corps San Francisco Bay Area Node recommended to the national program
UC Berkeley Incubator Citris Foundry Company in residence in 2020.
UC Santa Cruz Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship member company 2019-20
University of California Big Ideas Competition Finalist in 2021.
Berkeley Tech Future Group Small Business Client