Application Processor Development Platforms for Wearable Devices and IoT

Toshiba America Electronic Components, Inc. has rolled out hardware and software development kits (HDK and SDK) for the Toshiba TZ1000 Application Processor Lite (ApP Lite) series of processors for wearable devices and IoT.

Together, the kits allow evaluation of devices in an environment closer to that of their final application. The TZ1000 processor can also be optimised for specific product characteristics, compared with the previous development environment.

"Given the explosive growth of the wearable and IoT markets, customers need to be able to quickly and easily design application processors into their products," said Deepak Prakash, Senior Director of Marketing, Logic LSI Business Unit, System LSI Group at Toshiba America Electronic Components. "Our new development platform allows them to do just that, enabling new and innovative products with short development cycles."

Toshiba will supply a limited number of reference boards to select IoT device developers free of charge, under certain conditions.

Three elements make up the TZ1000 development environment. Firstly, HDK, consisting of a main reference board embedded with a TZ1001MBG processor, and a biometric sensor board that measures pulse waves and the heart's electrical activities. Secondly, SDK, comprising driver software that controls each component incorporated in the TZ1001MBG, middleware that measures activity and pulse waves, and application software that controls the overall system, and finally supporting software development tools.

First introduced in 2014, the TZ1000 series of ApP Lite devices integrate a sensor, an ARM Cortex-M4F processor, flash memory and a Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) controller in one package. Also included is a high-resolution ADC that can convert analog signals from external sensors, such as pulse wave and electrocardiogram, into digital data and deliver it to the processor. The single-device solution measures, processes, saves and communicates data required for IoT devices and wearables, operating at low power to enable long battery life.

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