NEW YORK -- Quintic on Wednesday rolled out a new QN9020 wearable platform with integrated nano-power technology. The device is designed for the wearable technology market and is aimed at allowing OEMs to deliver products with better battery power and wireless functionality.
The QN9020 also provides powerful processing, allowing for more intelligent products and reliable data. It is intended for integration in devices such as smart watches, healthcare applications, and fitness bands, as well as for sports apparel.
Quintec claims its device offers superior processing power, as well as the lowest power consumption solution in the industry -- and It will seek to prove as much when it shows off the QN9020 at CES 2014.
In the meantime, Thomas Chen, Senior Director of Marketing at Quintec said in an interview with EE Times that the company’s 71 US patents have been key to going after the burgeoning Bluetooth Smart segment, which it began doing about two years ago.
“Our competitors are trading off radio performance to achieve lower power consumption,” Chen said. “We have some very unique patents in design and the on the receiver chain that allow lower power consumption while still achieving high power capability.”
In fact, Chen claimed that compared to competitors, Quintec does not have to use retransmission, which causes power to go up, up to 50%.
Beyond the radio component, Chen said Quintec’s chipset is integrated with ARM-based MPU Cortex M0 and that they are looking forward to adding Cortex M3 and M4 technology in the coming years. Chen said the Cortex M0 has plenty of MPS and memory to allow 64 Kbit of RAM and 128 kbit of Flash, while the MCU can run at 32 MHz. As a result, customers can develop their own applications on a single-chip platform instead of having to integrate another MCU into the solution.
"Wearable devices for quantified-self is a burgeoning market; OEMs are racing to develop wearable fitness technology products with greater functionality," Quintic CEO Dr. Xiaodong Jin said in a statement. "Quintic's QN9020 is the best performing platform on the market with the lowest power consumption; it allows OEMs to develop products that enhance the user experience."
In addition to targeting customers developing sports and fitness devices, the chipset can also go into devices from OEMs who are interested in developing smartwatches, as well as digital health products, such as glucose meters or blood pressure meters and any kind of consumer-based health monitoring device.
Asked how he sees the market for wearables evolving in the future, Chen replied, “We are absolutely bullish about it. By continuing to lower the power consumption of these platforms and increase the type of application on the platform, it will allow the market to grow, and people will adapt to it make it part of their daily life.”
The term Chen used for this transformation of daily life was the "quantify self movement," in which wearables will contribute in a very big way according to Chen.
Features of the QN9020 include 9mA peak power consumption and 954 Bm Rx sensitivity, alongside the 32MHz ARM Cortex Mo inside, enabling the low-power processing. QN9020 modules and development kits are currently available.