samsung bio processorLooking to build a computer? If you are, then you will need a processor, RAM, storage, graphics card, and so on. However with our smartphones, all of that has been compressed onto what is known as a System On a Chip (SoC) where multiple components, like the processor, RAM, graphics, and etc. are crammed into a single chip.

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This means that smartphone makers can fit other components into the handset and not worry about finding space for the RAM or processor, for example. That being said it seems that Samsung has come up with something similar, except that instead of being aimed at smartphones, Samsung’s newly-announced Bio-Processor will be aimed at health-based wearables instead.

According to Samsung’s description, “Samsung’s Bio-Processor is the industry’s first all-in-one health solution chip. By integrating not only Analog Front Ends (AFE), but also microcontroller unit (MCU), power management integrated circuit (PMIC), digital signal processor (DSP), and eFlash memory, it is able to process the bio-signals it measures without the need of external processing parts.”

Its AFEs will also be able to measure bioelectrical impedance analysis (BIA), photoplethysmogram (PPG), electrocardiogram (ECG), skin temperature, and galvanic skin response (GSR). The Bio-Processor is currently in mass production and in the first half of 2016, Samsung expects that it will find its way to various fitness devices.

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