Considering the fact that smart wearables are now taking the market by storm, and people are taking their health more seriously by constantly monitoring their health and fitness while on the go, Samsung Electronics has come out with a bio-processor that contains an all-in-one advanced system logic chip for health wearable devices, according to a blog post by the company.
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The Samsung Bio-Processor is small and can be fitted into any other wearable device made specifically to either monitor the health and fitness of the wearer or some other related purposes.
“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 of 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,” Hur added.
This health solution microchip is the first all-in-one semiconductor technology from Samsung, and the Bio-Processor contains –
- Analog Front Ends (AFE)
- Microcontroller unit (MCU)
- Power management integrated circuit (PMIC)
- Digital signal processor (DSP)
- eFlash memory.
The integrated design of the bio-processor is so innovative to the extent that the main Bio-Processor occupies only one-fourth of the total combined size of the chip, making it easy to be integrated into other wearable products.
To be used for health purposes such as monitoring the heart rate of the wearer, Samsung integrated five AFEs into its Bio-Processor chip, and these include –
- Bioelectrical impedance analysis (BIA)
- Photoplethysmogram (PPG)
- Electrocardiogram (ECG)
- Skin temperature
- Galvanic skin response (GSR)
These are built into the all-in-one health chip so that the Bio-Processor can accurately measure body fat, skeletal muscle mass, heart rate, heart rhythm, skin temperature, and stress level among other things.
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It is expected that this Bio-Processor chip can be built into health wearables such as wrist-bands, board, and skin patches among other health and fitness wearable devices to enter the market in 2016.