An ultra-low power connected platform for cost optimised applications for the Internet of Things (IoT) and wearable markets has been released by Atmel Corporation. The new platform features the ARM Cortex-M0+, the Atmel | SMART SAM L21, and the BTLC1000 Bluetooth SMART solution, making it well suited for battery operated applications requiring activity and environment monitoring.
The SAM L21 achieves a ULPBench score of 185, the industry marker for low power, with a power consumption down to 35µA/MHz in active mode and 200nA in sleep mode. Atmel’s Bluetooth SMART solution is packaged in a 2.2mm X 2.1mm Wafer Level Chipscale Package, enabling designers to build ultra-small industrial designs for next generation connected IoT and wearable applications.
According to market research, the wearable electronics market will reach nearly $70bn in 2025 - compared to $20bn in 2015 - with the dominant sector in healthcare including medical, fitness and wellness. With this forecasted growth, manufacturers for smart, connected wearable applications will require platforms that are low in power and easy-to-implement with basic features including a simple user interface, embedded processing for data collection and sensors for environmental tracking.
Atmel’s low power connected platform is a design ready unit showcasing the company’s portfolio of ultra-low power smart, secure and connected products, and partner technologies. Embodied in a 30mm X 40mm form factor, the platform integrates the Atmel | SMART ultra-low power MCU, Bluetooth SMART low energy connectivity, capacitive touch interface, security solution, complete software platform, real time operating system (RTOS), a BHI160 6-axis SmartHub motion sensor and a BME280 environmental sensor from Bosch Sensortec. The platform can be powered by a simple coin cell utilising low power consumption, and manufacturers can also leverage Atmel’s list of sensor partners.
To simplify the design process, the new platform is compatible with Atmel’s flagship Studio 7, an integrated development environment, along with Atmel Start, the web-based platform for software configuration and code generation. This complete new ultra-low-power wearable platform will be showcased at the 2016 International CES in Las Vegas, Nevada, 6th-9th January in Atmel’s Meeting Room Area, South Hall 2, Booth #MP25760.
“As a leading provider of ultra-low power IoT solutions, we know that out-of-the-box, easy to implement reference platforms are a necessity to help accelerate the adoption of wearable applications, and enable a rapid time-to-market for new product ideas,” said Andreas Eieland, Director of Product Marketing for the Microcontroller Business Unit, Atmel Corporation. “Atmel’s new reference platform allows our customers to develop differentiated solutions for cost optimised, yet competitive, markets including healthcare, fitness, wellness and much more. We continue to help drive the IoT and wearable market with simple, ultra-low power platforms with complete hardware and software solutions.”