OREANDA-NEWS. Toshiba Corporation (TOKYO: 6502) today announced the launch of "TZ1031MBG" and "TZ1011MBG" application processors for wearable devices, as the latest additions to its ApP Lite™ family’s TZ1000 series, to provide solutions for the Internet of Things (IoT).

Sample shipments of the "TZ1031MBG" will start this month and mass production is scheduled to start in May. For the TZ1011MBG, these dates are this month and June respectively. Both ICs will be showcased at "Embedded World 2015", to be held from February 24 in Nuremberg, Germany.

There has been an explosion of interest in services that monitor the duration and level of physical activity to promote exercise, improve nutrition and help prevent diseases related to lifestyle. This has increased the demand for wearable devices.

Last November, Toshiba launched the "TZ1001MBG" application processor, a single package that integrates sensors for data collecting, a processor for data processing, flash memory for data storage, and a Bluetooth® Low Energy controller for data communication. Building on this, the new application processors expand sensing functionalities by adding a gyroscope to the “TZ1031MBG” and a gyroscope and magnetometer to the “TZ1011MBG”.

The high level integration of the new application processors makes it possible to realize wearable devices without any other components. It also contributes to a smaller form factor, which enables wearable devices to be reduced in size.

The new processors are expressly designed for low power performance, essential for securing a longer battery life for wearable devices.

Toshiba is expanding its line-up of systematic solutions for the TZ1000 series by developing software algorithms that can be applied to measuring weak biomedical signals, such as pulse and ECG. Meanwhile, Toshiba is providing an evaluation environment for developers to shorten the time to market for products integrating its application processors.