Samsung’s Bio-Processor is a glimpse of the future for fitness trackers
Samsung is already on the forefront of health and wellness data collection, as well as processor technology. In a new introduction released today, Samsung briefly outlined the great strides the company plans to make within the fitness tracking market. The company is moving forward with the current trend of “quantified health” by announcing an all-in-one advanced system logic chip for the health-oriented wearables market.
The company previewed a few of the details surrounding the tech earlier today, calling the new device a Bio-Processor. The Samsung Bio-Processor, now in mass production according to the company’s announcement this evening, 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 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.”
Samsung called the Bio-Processor, “The industry’s first all-in-one health solution chip”. Stating that the company integrated not only Analog Front Ends (AFE), but also a microcontroller unit (MCU), power management integrated circuit (PMIC), digital signal processor (DSP), and eFlash memory into one solution.
The new chip is able to process the bio-signals it measures without the need of external processing parts. The company went on to detail the new tech stating, “Even with its integrated design, the Bio-Processor is particularly innovative thanks to its incredibly small size.” Samsung went on to explain, “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.”
Samsung also spoke about the wearable industry and how it is quickly building on its previous accomplishments. Heart-rate technology and predominators are currently the staples of almost every new wearable that hits market, but Samsung wants to improve on those accomplishments while offering more data than ever before.
“To meet such demands,” the company explains, “Samsung has designed its Bio-Processor to integrate five AFEs including bioelectrical impedance analysis (BIA), photoplethysmogram (PPG), electrocardiogram (ECG), skin temperature, and galvanic skin response (GSR) into a single chip solution that measures body fat, and skeletal muscle mass, heart rate, heart rhythm, skin temperature and stress level, respectively.”
To speed product development and better understand Samsung’s new Bio-Processor, several wearable reference platforms are now available to demonstrate various uses 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 Bio-Processor is currently in mass production and will be available in fitness/health devices within the first half of 2016.