New Industry Products

Wearables and IoT Platform Offers Under 10 microA/MHz

December 13, 2016 by Jeff Shepard

Ambiq Micro today released the Apollo 2 Wearables and IoT Platform. The Platform offers breakthrough power consumption of under 10µA/MHz, which allows for double the battery life in wearable devices. Apollo 2's performance will lead to longer battery life, enhanced intelligence and improved functionality in wearables and IoT consumer electronics (CE) products. Ambiq Micro's Apollo 2 Platform provides dramatic reductions in energy consumption through its patented Subthreshold Power Optimized Technology (SPOT™) technology.

The product technical specifications include: Effective active current of <10𝜇A/MHz; Effective performance of 48MHz; Flash/RAM size 1MB/256kB; Peripherals include I2C, SPI, 14-bit ADC, PDM; two package options, 64-pin, 4.5 x 4.5mm BGA with 50 GPIO and 49-pin, 2.5 x 2.5mm WLCSP with 34 GPIO.

“The incredible pace of Moore’s Law disrupted computing every year or two and took us from room-sized supercomputers to billions of pocket-sized mobile phones,” said Scott Hanson, founder and CTO, Ambiq Micro. “Ambiq Micro’s SPOT technology will bring a similar pace of innovation to the IoT. As the foundation of our Apollo MCU, SPOT allows us to drive energy consumption below what we previously imagined was possible. With Apollo 2, we extend the SPOT technology to achieve new efficiencies for the next wave of IoT and connected devices.”

Wearables and IoT devices need a longer battery life or smaller batteries to create slimmer and more fashionable form factors. To meet customer demands, devices must be always on, always connected and always aware. In order to provide that functionality without compromising battery life, devices will require lower power consumption standards. Ambiq Micro’s Apollo 2 provides wearables and IoT device original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) a platform with a 5x reduction in power consumption, which leads to double the battery life of competitors.

“The market for wearables and IoT devices is growing rapidly, especially with younger generations accustomed to always-on and always-aware aesthetically designed devices enhancing their daily lives,” said James Lee, President, Foxlink “This growth and stringent expectation mean chips powering our devices need to be faster and more efficient than ever. With Ambiq Micro’s Apollo 2, we can offer some of the most feature-rich devices to consumers without sacrificing precious battery life or introducing unnecessary form factor constraints.”

Ambiq Micro offers a wearables and IoT platform with ultra-low power consumption. A variety of major brands and OEMs are currently using Ambiq Micro’s technology to build the most challenging low-power devices. The platform’s low processing power consumption and large memory size give OEMs the ability to develop industry-leading devices replete with robust consumer applications. Apollo 2’s complete set of peripherals includes: High-precision 14-bit analog-to-digital converters (ADC); Digital microphone interface with pulse density modulation (PDM) for voice applications; Voltage comparator; Temperature sensor; I2C/SPI for communication with sensors, radios, co-processor and other peripherals; and Universal asynchronous receiver/transmitter (UART) for communication with peripherals and legacy devices.

Ambiq Micro’s Apollo 2 platform is sampling now to a limited customer set and will be sampling more broadly in the coming months.