Toshiba updates range of wearable, Internet of Things processors

The processors integrate sensors for data collection related to biomedical and health applications.

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Toshiba has launched the "TZ1031MBG" and "TZ1011MBG" application processors for wearable devices, as well as new additions in the ApP Lite Internet of Things processor family.

Announced on Tuesday, the Tokyo-based firm said due to an "explosion" of interest in wearable devices and health monitoring, Toshiba has developed a range of sensor-laden processors designed to push wearables further through extended applications and long battery life.

The TZ1031MBG and TZ1011MBG application processors are based on the TZ1001MBG processor released in November 2014. The package integrates sensors for data collecting, is able to process data, includes flash memory for data storage and a Bluetooth controller for data transmission. The new processors are equipped with the same capabilities but expand functionality through a gyroscope added to the TZ1031MBG and a gyroscope and magnetometer to the TZ1011MBG.

The range are powered by an embedded ARM Cortex-M4F processor with DSP.

Toshiba says the small form factor of the processors will enable wearable devices to also reduce in size, and are designed for low power performance. In addition, the firm is expanding its Internet of Things (IoT) line-up, the TZ1000 series, by developing software algorithms "that can be applied to measuring weak biomedical signals, such as pulse and ECG."

Sample TZ1031MBG shipments will begin this month, and mass production is due to start in May. For the TZ1011MBG, mass production will begin in June. Both application processors will be showcased at Embedded World 2015 today in Nuremberg, Germany.

Processor specifications are listed below.

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