Toshiba Expands Lineup of Application Processors for Wearable Devices

The technology can measure biometric signals such as pulse and heart electrical currents.

The Toshiba Corporation has expanded its TZ1000 series of ApPLite application processors for wearable devices. This new processor integrates highly-sensitive analog to digital converters (ADCs) that are suitable for measuring biomedical signals such as the pulse and heart electrical activity.

The new device, named TZ1021MBG, integrates a processor and Flash memory. It does not include a Bluetooth Low Energy and accelerometer of previous generations, resulting in a smaller, slimmer package. According to the company, the processor offers an original low-power consumption design, making it ideal for wearable devices that require long battery run times.

Key features of the TZ1021MBG include:

  • An embedded ARM Cortex-M4F processor that allows for a combination of data from multiple sensors, both internal and and external.
  • Highly-sensitive ADCs that can convert biomedical signals from external sensors into digital data and deliver them to the processor.
Toshiba has also updated its TZ1001MBG and TZ1031MBG processors. The TZ1031MBG adds a gyroscope and the TZ1011MBG includes a gyroscope and magnetometer.

Sample shipments on the TZ1021MBG are schedule to start this month. Full production is to begin March 2015.

For more information, visit Toshiba Corporation.

Sources: Press materials received from the company and additional information gleaned from the company’s website.

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