Toshiba America Electronic Components, Inc. (TAEC)*, a committed leader that collaborates with technology companies to create breakthrough designs, introduced the latest additions to its TZ1000 series of ApP Lite™ processors targeting the Internet of Things (IoT). The TZ1011MBG and TZ1031MBG application processors are designed to help developers meet the fast-growing demand for wearable IoT devices such as activity monitors, smart watches, bracelets and glasses.
Last year, Toshiba launched the TZ1001MBG and TZ1021MBG, which integrate sensors, an ARM® Cortex®-M4F processor, 8Mbit Flash memory and a Bluetooth® Low Energy (BLE) communication controller and 3-axis accelerometer in a single package, providing the essentials for a small-scale IoT device. The new application processors further expand sensing functionality, adding a 3-axis gyroscope to the TZ1031MBG and a 3-axis gyroscope and 3-axis magnetometer to the TZ1011MBG.
“There has been an explosion of interest in services that monitor duration and level of physical activity, help improve nutrition and help prevent diseases related to lifestyle – all of which drives demand for wearable devices,” noted Saba Sharifi, vice president, business development, Logic LSI Business Unit, System LSI Group at TAEC. “With their high degree of integration, Toshiba’s newest ApP Lite processors make it possible to realize wearable devices without any other components – enabling a smaller form factor and, in turn, smaller, lighter wearables.”
The new processors are expressly designed for the low-power performance essential to securing a longer battery life for wearable devices. The high-performance ARM core with DSP and floating-point processing unit allows combining data from multiple sensors, both internal and external, to improve accuracy.
The products integrate a 24-bit high-resolution delta-sigma analog-to-digital converter (ADC) with high-speed switches connected to three input channels, making them capable of measuring weak biomedical signals such as pulse rate and the heart’s electrical activity. In addition, integration of the BLE controller and RF circuit allows transfer of raw and processed data to external equipment, such as smartphones and tablets.
Toshiba is further expanding its lineup of systematic solutions for the TZ1000 series with the development of software algorithms that can be applied to measuring weak biomedical signals, such as pulse and ECG. Meanwhile, Toshiba is providing an evaluation environment for developers to shorten the time to market for products integrating its application processors.
Sample shipments of the TZ1031MBG and TZ1011MBG ApP Lite processors will start this month. The devices are scheduled to begin mass production in May and June, respectively.
ApP Lite is a trademark of Toshiba Corporation. ARM and Cortex are trademarks or registered trademarks of ARM Limited in the EU and other countries. Bluetooth is a registered trademark owned by Bluetooth SIG, Inc., and Toshiba uses it under license.
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