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Samsung pitches all-in-one bio-processor chip solutions to address wearable device market

Samsung unveils a bio-processor chip for wearable device market in what he company said is the world's first all-in-one logic chip solution.

Dubbed as Bio-processor, the all-in-one health chip solution integrates 5 analog front -end sensors, MCU, power management IC, DSP, or digital signal processor, and on-chip flash memory circuitry on a single piece of silicon die.

The high integration allows the chip to detect, measure, an process various bio signals in a single sequence with no external parts, achieving big cuts in the silicon footprint and the power consumption.

For example, the chip comes built with five front--end sensors like bioelectrical impedance analysis, or BIA, photoplethysmogram,or PPG, electrocardiogram, or ECG, skin temperature, and galvanic skin response, or GSR sensors to detect and measure various symptoms and physical phenomena. And, then, it processes the signals to diagnose them referencing to its database.

According to Samsung, the total silicon real estate is one fourth the size combined of discrete parts, making the chip a good fit for wearable healthcare devices.

“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.”

To help device makers not only to to accelerate their product development cycle, but also better understand the Bio-Processor chip , several wearable reference platforms are now available for various use cases. For example, wrist band, board and patch type reference devices exhibit the Bio-Processor’s potential by demonstrating its ability to measure multiple fitness variables on an extremely small device.

Samsung is now mass-producing the Bio-Processor chip, and its design-in with fitness/health devices will start with the first half of 2016.

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