Samsung Introduces New Bio-Processor, Meant For Building Much Better Fitness Trackers

Samsung’s new processor is specifically designed chip that evidently tends to track health and fitness and did more than monitor your pulse. It has been announced today that it’s putting it into mass production, that builds in support for measuring five attributes: body fat, skeletal muscle mass, heart rate, skin temperature and stress level (though, stress appears to actually mean how sweaty you are). Officially, Samsung calls this chipset the Bio-Processor, and fitness devices using it are supported to start shipping in the first half of 2016.

Samsung’s Bio-Processor would be the latest all-in-one advanced system logic chip particularly targets health-oriented wearables market. The South Korean firm says that this is the industry’s first all-one health solution chip, which it is integrated with Analog Front Ends (AFE), microcontroller unit (MCU), power management equipped circuit (PMIC), digital signal processor (DSP) and eFlash memory to process the bio-signals which it measures without requiring any external processing parts.

Samsung is offering the Bio-Processor to other companies

Fitness trackers however were, a lot more limited in 2015 than we had expected. Eraly reports suggested that Apple planned to include many of these same sensors in the Apple Watch, though it ultimately ended up with just a heart-rate monitor. Samsung admitting that is clearly trying to take advantage before anyone else can. It is to be seen whether the Bio-Processor can actually live up to Samsung’s claims, because there are a variety of step trackers and heart-rate monitors out there that don’t do a very great job, though. Now that it is arguably critical to see how Samsung’s integrated sensors actually perform. Like a health monitor, it isn’t useful if its data isn’t any good.

Samsung is offering reference designs to other companies interested in making a wearable. The Bio-Processor will likely end up in a Samsung wearable pretty soon and could be same with other companies’ products, too. It specifically says the chip is specially desiugned to “allow accelerated development” of new fitness and health products. With the integrated design makes the Bio-Processor incredibly small in size, which is one fourth of the total combined size of the total area of the discrete parts, which is ideal for small wearable devices.

However it has five AFEs including bioelectrical impendence analysis (BIA), (PPG), electrocardiogram (ECG), skin temperature, and galvanic skin response (GSR) in a single chip solution. Samsung says gadgets that incorporate the Bio-Processor can take a number of different forms, including wristbands and patches. For now, please make your time to enjoy this promotional video Samsung made for the Bio-Processor back in July 2015.

Commenting on the new Bio-Processor, 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.

(Source: Samsung)