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Toshiba develops application processor for wearable devices

02 Apr 2014  | Julien Happich

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Toshiba Electronics Europe integrated sensing, data processing and wireless transmission into a single package with its TZ1001MBG application processor, which is designed for wearables, including activity monitors, wrist-worn electronics or head-mounted computers.

The chip features an accelerometer to measure motion, a processor to handle the data acquired by the sensor, 8Mbit flash memory to store data, as well as RF circuitry and a Bluetooth low energy controller that supports low power communication.

A 48MHz high performance ARM Cortex-M4F with DSP and floating point processing unit allows data fusion from multiple sensors, both internal and external, to improve sensor accuracy. The IC also integrates high resolution ADCs that can convert analogue signals from external sensors, such as pulse wave and electrocardiogram (ECG) devices, into digital data and deliver it to the internal processor.

Transfer of raw and processed data to external equipment, such as smartphones and tablets, is supported through the following I/O protocols USB, SPI, I2C, UART, 12bit ADC, 24bit Delta-Sigma ADC.

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