Samsung chip helps wearables to better track their wearers' health

Samsung probably isn't the first name that comes to mind when you think of personal health technology, but the company appears to be making strides in that direction. The firm has unveiled a chip it calls the Bio-Processor, a product it claims is the industry's first all-in-one health solution chip targeted at wearables.

The chip integrates analog front-ends, a microcontroller, power management circuitry, a DSP, and eFlash memory. Among other things, the analog front-ends can analyze bioelectrical impedance, photoplethysmography, and electrocardiography (ECG), as well as skin temperature and galvanic response.

Samsung says the Bio-Processor is about one-fourth the size of comparable solutions. The chip is claimed to let wearables track parameters like skeletal muscle mass, skin temperature, and stress level. Samsung says the Bio-Processor is in mass production now, and it expects products built around this chip to appear in the first half of 2016.

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