Samsung Bio-Processor Juices Wearables With Enhanced Vitals Tracking
"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."
Size is always concern in the mobile market, particularly with wearables, though Samsung says device makers need not worry. The Bio-Processor is "incredibly small" -- if comparing it to the total area of the discrete parts, it's about one-fourth of the total combined size.
Going well beyond simple heart monitoring, the Bio-Processor's five AFEs include include bioelectrical impedance analysis (BIA), photoplethysmogram (PPG), electrocardiogram (ECG), skin temperature, and galvanic skin response (GSR). The chip can also measure body fat, skeletal muscle mass, heart rate and rhythm, skin temperature, and stress levels.
Samsung says it's begun mass producing its Bio-Processor, which will be available in health and fitness devices in the first half of next year.