Fitness tracking reference design is for smartphones and wearables

In Las Vegas, at the CES (Consumer Electronics Show) this week, MegaChips announced a partnership with Bosch Sensortec to provide a complete reference design for use in smartphones, wearables and other personal devices to monitor activities in real-time. The Chignon B reference design provides both context and location awareness for health, fitness and indoor navigation monitoring and tracking applications. 

MegaChips’ ultra-low power frizz, combined with the SiTime SiT1602 programmable MHz oscillator and the Bosch Sensortec MEMS sensors BMI160, BMM150 and BME280 enables longer lasting wearable devices that collect more accurate data on movement, speed, distance and direction, says MegaChips. It can, for instance, track how someone is moving their arms and legs, for golf swing analysis.

Frizz is a motion sensor hub with a 32bit DSP based motion engine called ParaForce that can realise high performance calculations used in processing algorithms with ultra-low power consumption in lieu of a microprocessor, which often runs at hundreds of MHz and consumes much higher power. For a faster development cycle, MegaChips can provide an algorithm for indoor navigation, which utilises the special functions from the ParaForce engine that are inside frizz. In addition to tracking altitude, motion, speed and direction, it empowers wearables that recognise sleep patterns, watch over elderly and find children lost in stores/malls.

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