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Samsung reveals the Bio-Processor – an all-in-one health chip for wearables

Samsung Electronics has just announced that it is addressing the growing trend for health-oriented wearables by releasing the Bio-Processor. The Bio-Processor  is designed to allow accelerated development of wearable products geared toward those who are constantly monitoring their health and fitness.

Samsung Bio-Processor.
Samsung Bio-Processor.

“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.”

The Bio-Processor integrates Analog Front Ends (AFE), a microcontroller unit (MCU), power management integrated circuit (PMIC), digital signal processor (DSP), and eFlash memory, in order to process the bio-signals it measures without the need of external processing parts. The Bio-Processor also comes in a small, compact size, which is ideal for wearable devices.

Since today’s wearable devices go beyond simple heart rate monitoring, Samsung 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. So it can also measure body fat and skeletal muscle mass, heart rate, heart rhythm, skin temperature and stress level.

Samsung’s Bio-Processor is currently in mass production and will be available in fitness/health devices within the first half of 2016.

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