Samsung rolled a wearable chip of its own, and it's all about bio measurements

Samsung rolled a wearable chip of its own, and it's all about bio measurements
Samsung Electronics' semiconductor division announced it has developed a chip for wearables. The "Bio Processor" is a system-in-package design (just like the Apple Watch chip) with embedded electrocardiogram reader, application processor, and Bluetooth modules. Samsung is particularly invested in ECG monitoring, noting how a sensor can not only monitor the condition of one's health, but can also be used for securing information, as humans have their own unique heart beat patterns that can be used for locking up data.

Among the many uses Samsung may have for a wearable ECG is biometrics-based automation. A wearable bracelet could allow one to get a piece of information (say, their personal schedule) by automatically logging themselves in to their smartphone or PC without manually entering a password or other form of security mechanism. Moving away from technological applications and into common life scenarios, an ECG-equipped bracelet or other wearable device can allow car doors or house doors to open automatically, without using a dedicated key.

Sport enthusiasts could also make use of the ECG sensor, for their heartbeat, breathing rate, and level of stress measurements could be used by coaches to gauge their performance.

Built on a 45nm process, the chip is also good for Photo PlethysmoGraph readings that measure blood flow rate. With ECG, PPG, and BIA measuring functions all handled by a single chip, Samsung's creation can help a person to know what kind of ilness they may have by monitoring ECG patterns and examining them with their personal doctor. The company is predicting a variety of Smart Healthcare services that will be enabled by its invention, giving the example of providing continous medical service by sharing the user's personal ECG information with hospitals.

Samsung plans to expand on its bio processor development by introducing a 20nm process, striving for higher battery efficiency and smaller chip sizes. Eventually, a bio processor is bound to find its way in smartphones and tablets, bringing another layer of health-related functionality to the devices that are already ambitious in this field.

source: ETNews via G For Games

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8 Comments

1. DRS1977

Posts: 679; Member since: May 27, 2015

Samsung sold 180,000 Gear S2's in China in 8 hours at one online retail shop. That is more units per hour than Apple sold on its opening weekend for the Apple watch.

5. rd_nest

Posts: 1656; Member since: Jun 06, 2010

Doesn't really matter who sold more. It matters that Tizen and Gear S2 is getting noticed by people.

6. Ordinary

Posts: 2454; Member since: Apr 23, 2015

I dont see how that really maters

2. Tizo101

Posts: 539; Member since: Jun 05, 2015

why is Apple mentioned in every article? and it's always in the form of praises. Forget I asked -journalist ain't the smartest bunch anyway.

4. TSMan2

Posts: 363; Member since: Aug 20, 2015

Good point. But I don't think, this has something to do with 'smartness' . More like one other human's feature:)

7. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

Because this article is about Samsung and you can't talk about Samsung unless you mention Apple. Because they have to try to make it seem like Apple is doing something no one else every has. To the writer SiP technology has been available for a while, not sure why you are saying Samsung is being like Apple. Samsung has been making SiP options for other OEM's for years. In fact Wikipedia has them listed as an SiP vendor.

3. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

I have read several 3rd party information on SiP and SoC and I really don't see where there is a major difference between the 2. The biggest differences I found were costs. SoC's are cheaper to produce, are better at efficiency with batteries than SiP is. I mean compare, the Samsung Gear S has way more functions than the Apple Watch, yet the Gear S will last nearly 2 full 24hr days in a single charge, while the Apple Watch will barely last a work day. The Gear S with the watch face turn on all day will still last longer than 24 hrs on a single charge, while the Apple Watch won't. It seems in products where the battery is going to be really small, SoC would make better since to keep costs down, have better efficiency for the price.

8. kaikuheadhunterz

Posts: 1157; Member since: Jul 18, 2013

Why no 16nm?! /s

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