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Wearable chipset boasts integrated nano-power tech

Posted: 17 Dec 2013 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:Quintic? smart watch? wearable platform? chipset? nano-power?

Quintic has unleashed a wearable platform with integrated nano-power technology. According to the firm, the QN9020 is designed for the wearable technology market and is aimed at allowing OEMs to deliver products with better battery power and wireless functionality.

The device claims to provide powerful processing, allowing for more intelligent products and reliable data. It is intended for integration in devices such as smart watches, healthcare applications and fitness bands, as well as for sports apparel, added the company.

Quintic said its device offers superior processing power, as well as the lowest power consumption solution in the industry.

Thomas Chen, senior director of marketing at Quintic, said the chipset is integrated with ARM-based MPU Cortex M0 and that they are looking forward to adding Cortex M3 and M4 technology in the coming years. Chen said the Cortex M0 has plenty of MPS and memory to allow 64Kb of RAM and 128Kb of Flash, while the MCU can run at 32MHz. As a result, customers can develop their own applications on a single-chip platform instead of having to integrate another MCU into the solution.

QN9020

In addition to targeting customers developing sports and fitness devices, the chipset can also go into devices from OEMs who are interested in developing smart watches, as well as digital health products, such as glucose meters or blood pressure meters and any kind of consumer-based health monitoring device.

Asked how he sees the market for wearables evolving in the future, Chen replied, "We are absolutely bullish about it. By continuing to lower the power consumption of these platforms and increase the type of application on the platform, it will allow the market to grow, and people will adapt to it make it part of their daily life."

The term Chen used for this transformation of daily life was the "quantify self-movement," in which wearables will contribute in a very big way according to Chen.

Features of the QN9020 include 9mA peak power consumption and 954Bm Rx sensitivity, alongside the 32MHz ARM Cortex Mo inside, enabling the low-power processing. QN9020 modules and development kits are available.

- Zewde Yeraswork
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