Samsung launches first smart Bio-Processor
Vendor’s an all-in-one system logic chip is designed for the health-oriented wearables market
Samsung Electronics Co, Ltd, a provider of advanced semiconductor technology, has revealed it is addressing the growing trend of quantified health with the launched of an all-in-one advanced system logic chip for the health-oriented wearables market, the Bio-Processor.
Samsung's Bio-Processor is now in mass production, is specifically designed to allow accelerated development of innovative wearable products for consumers who are increasingly monitoring their health and fitness on a daily basis.
"With improvements in smart, fitness devices and an increase in consumer health consciousness, more and more people are looking for ways to monitor various personal bio-data or fitness data, to constantly manage their health," said Ben K. Hur, vice president, Marketing, System LSI business at Samsung Electronics. "Samsung's Bio-Processor, which can process five different biometric signals, is the most versatile health and fitness monitoring chip available on the market today and is expected to open up many new health-based service options for our customers."
Samsung claimed the Bio-Processor is the industry's first all-in-one health solution chip. By integrating not only analogue front ends (AFE), but also microcontroller unit (MCU), power management integrated circuit (PMIC), digital signal processor (DSP), and eFlash memory, it is able to process the bio-signals it measures without the need of external processing parts. Even with its integrated design, the Bio-Processor is particularly innovative thanks to its incredibly small size. When compared to the total area of the discrete parts, the Bio-Processor is only about one fourth of the total combined size, which is ideal for small wearable devices, offering a bounty of options when designing new devices.
While heart rate monitoring alone may have been compelling in the past, the ability to measure a variety of fitness data is expected in today's wearable products, Samsung added.