Application processor development platforms for wearable and IoT projects

April 29, 2015 // By Graham Prophet
Toshiba Electronics has launched a Hardware Development Kit (HDK) and Software Development Kit (SDK) that together form a development platform for the TZ1000 ApP Lite series. Suitable for wearable and IoT devices the TZ1000 series application processors enable activity level monitoring as well as taking a pulse and checking heart rate.

The TZ1000 series devices integrate a sensor, a processor, flash memory, and a Bluetooth Low Energy controller in a single package. The series is designed to provide single-device solutions for measuring, processing, saving and communicating the data required for wearable and IoT devices.

The development environment includes a HDK embedded with the TZ1001MBG processor and a biometric sensor board that measures pulse waves and the heart’s electrical activities. The SDK includes driver software that controls each component incorporated in TZ1001MBG, middleware that measures activity and pulse waves, and application software that controls the overall system.

The kits will, Toshiba says, allow users to evaluate and develop software in an environment closer to their final products and to optimise use of the application processor for specific applications. The development environment will contribute to reduced design man-hours and shorten time-to-market. The company adds that it intends to add to the TZ1000 series line-up with the development of software algorithms to measure weak biological signals, like pulse waves and the heart’s electrical activities, as well as environmental data such as temperature and humidity.

The platform is supported by recommended development tools, including Keil® MDK-ARM and IAR Embedded Workbench® for ARM. Toshiba will start supplying IoT device developers with the HDK and SDK early in May 2015, and will also conduct a trial campaign that will offer a limited quantity of reference boards and the development environment free of charge.

Toshiba Electronics Europe; www.toshiba.semicon-storage.com