Toshiba launches application processor targeting IoT

Toshiba introduced latest additions to its TZ1000 series of ApP Lite processors targeting the Internet of Things (IoT).

Toshiba said TZ1001MBG and TZ1021MBG, which integrates sensors, an ARM Cortex-M4F processor, 8bit flash memory and a Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) communication controller and 3-axis accelerometer in a single package, provide the essentials for a small scale to IoT devices.

To expand sensing functionality, a 3-axis gyroscope is added to the TZ1031MBG and 3-axis gyroscope and 3-axis magnetometer is added to TZ1011MBG.

“There has been an explosion of interest in services that monitor duration and level of physical activity, help improve nutrition and help prevent diseases related to lifestyle- all of which drives demand for wearable devices,” said Saba Sharifi, vice president, business development, logic LSI business unit, system LSI group at TAEC.

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The new processors are designed for the low power performance essential to securing a longer battery life for wearable devices.

The high performance ARM core with DSP and floating point processing unit allows combining data from multiple sensors, both internal and external, to provide accuracy.

The processor have 24-bit high resolution delta-sigma analog to digital converter (ADC) with high speed switches connected to three input channels, making them capable of measuring weak biomedical signals as pulse rate and heart’s electrical activity.

The BLE and RF circuit allows transfer of raw and processed data to external equipment, such as Smartphones and tablets.

Toshiba is also expanding its lineup of systematic solutions for TZ1000 series with the development of software algorithms that can be applied to measure weak biomedical signals, such as pulse and ECG.

Sample shipment of the TZ1031MBG and TZ1011MBG ApP Lite processors will start this month. The devices are scheduled to begin mass production in May and June.

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