QuickLogic delivers smartphone and wearable sensor hub with under 150 microwatts - Embedded.com

QuickLogic delivers smartphone and wearable sensor hub with under 150 microwatts

QuickLogic Corporation has introduced its new ArcticLink 3 S2 platform, the second CSSP solution in its Sensor Hub roadmap. This next-generation platform delivers double the customer-specific programmable logic capacity, four times the computational performance, four times the on-board algorithm capacity, and eight times the sensor data buffer storage while consuming 40% less power than the previous generation ArcticLink 3 S1.

Specific key benefits of this platform include:

  • Second-generation Flexible Fusion Engine (FFE) – Four times faster than previous generation, allowing it to process more algorithms, more quickly
  • 95% less active power than typical MCU-based sensor hubs, and 40% less power than the previous generation
  • Dual, hardwired 32-bit multipliers for lowest power sensor algorithm math functions
  • Increased memory stores eight times more batched sensor events for longer periods between processor wake-up, resulting in lower system power
  • Hardwired SPI and I2C interfaces for optimized communication to sensors and to host Application Processors and/or Microcontrollers (MCUs)
  • On-chip oscillators remove the need for external clock sources, reducing Bill-of-Material (BOM) costs and PCB space required for sensor hub
  • Programmable logic cells can be used to integrate customer-specific functions such as IR remote control, LED control and IrDA bar code transmission – removing the need to use additional MCUs or mobile FPGAs
  • Pin and software-compatible with the ArcticLink 3 S1, providing full backward and forward-compatibility for existing S1 users
  • Integrated Development Environment (IDE) and Flexible Fusion Engine Algorithm Tool (FFEAT) supports QuickLogic-developed, 3rd party-, and/or OEM-developed sensor algorithms

The ArcticLink 3 S2 is available in CSSP and Catalog CSSP variants. The CSSP variant provides OEMs the opportunity to develop customized versions of the S2, and choose from QuickLogic-developed, 3rd party, and/or OEM-developed sensor algorithms to address specific end product requirements for best-in-class performance. The first Catalog CSSP variant, called the ArcticLink 3 S2 Gesture and Context Catalog CSSP, provides out-of-the-box support for gestures such as tap-to-wake and rotate-to-wake, along with providing enhanced context and significant motion detection, sensor calibration functions, and enhanced pedometer (including differentiation and step counts of running, jogging, and walking).

The ArcticLink 3 S2 and Context and Gesture Catalog CSSP are sampling now.

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