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Samsung launches new fitness SoC

by on29 December 2015

Heading for devices in 1H 2016

Samsung is starting a big year. The company wants to dominate the Android market with its Samsung Galaxy S7 and 67 other phones from its portfolio and wants to challenge Qualcomm and MediaTek in the wearable market.

The South Korean manufacturer has just introduced a chip that it calls Samsung Bio-Processor but you can see on the markings on the SoC the S3FBP5A branding. This SoC is meant for health based wearables, most likely on fitness armbands. The most famous one is the Fitbit.

Ben K. Hur, Vice President of marketing, System LSI business at Samsung Electronics said:

“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”
@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.”

Samsung claims that this SoC is the industry’s first all-in-one health solution SoC. The SoC integrates Analog Front Ends (AFE), microcontroller unit (MCU), power management integrated circuit (PMIC), digital signal processor (DSP), and eFlash memory. This should all help to process the bio-signals it measures without the need of external processing parts.

Samsung has designed its Bio-Processor to integrate five Analog Front Ends including bioelectrical impedance analysis (BIA), photoplethysmogram (PPG), electrocardiogram (ECG), skin temperature, and galvanic skin response (GSR) into a single chip solution that measures body fat, and skeletal muscle mass, heart rate, heart rhythm, skin temperature and stress level.

This should interesting for fitness freaks and for people who need to know who many steps they made, how many miles they run, or how many times they turned during the night.
Samsung promises extremely small fitness and wearable devices they should ship in the first half of 2016. Samsung got our attention.

Last modified on 29 December 2015
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