The advent of wearable technology brings new demands for components that can accommodate its small form factor, wireless requirements, and need for longer battery life. To that end, Quintic has launched a new chipset specifically aimed at the wearable tech market to handle power-consumption, intelligence, and other specific needs associated with these devices.
is the first product from the company’s wearable-platform roadmap, which aims to provide specific chipsets that have better battery life, increased wireless performance, and other enhancements that make them well-suited for their applications. Each chipset offers a more sophisticated sensor fusion algorithm, which provides more local intelligence, according to the company.
The new chipset and others in Quintic’s forthcoming wearable tech lineup are aimed at the development of smartwatches, healthcare devices, fitness bands and devices, and sports apparel, Thomas Chen, senior director of marketing for Quintic, told Design News. “Wearable is a trend with many big customers already in the space, and more are developing new products,” he told us, adding that the specialized chipsets will allow those customers to add a longer battery life with a smaller footprint, more reliable wireless connections, and better processing capabilities to these products.
“9020 is good for any applications that have very small capacity battery (less than 100 mAh) or coin cell,” Chen told us. “The low peak power consumption will help to prolong the battery life. Take a product like a fitness band that the user is wearing on the wrist all day, for example. It usually has very small battery, but still needs to last for many days and needs the wireless chip to be very low power.” He said designers also can keep the size of the battery small to suit the form factor required for wearable technology, as well as use the Cortex M0 core included in the chipset to run additional applications.
In addition to the 32 MHz ARM Cortex M0 core, other features of the 9020 include the following:
- 8mA peak power consumption
- 95dBm Rx sensitivity
- SRAM/Flash memory included
- DC-DC switching regulator
Quintic is now offering 9020 modules and development kits, as well as the 9020 wearable platform for embedded applications. Sampling price for the 9020 platform is $1.50 per 1,000 units.