A US chip maker called Ambiq Micro has been working on consumer chips for five years and can be integrated into devices that are now becoming very fashionable-wearables and, in particular, smart clocks.
This week its makers have announced the launch of the Apollo microcontroller, which is able to reduce the consumption of chips of current accessories and wearable devices in 10 times when they are in operation and up to 38 times in suspend mode depending on the ARM processor that Is normally used in these products. And that could be critical to increase significantly the autonomyof this type of developments, which today represents one of the great challenges of wearables.
To achieve that reduction of consumption Ambiq uses voltages that never go from certain value in their chips.Most current micros send their signaling information-which determines whether zeros or ones are being sent-to a voltage ranging from 1 V to 1.8 V, but the Ambiq chip sends it to 0.5 V, Which makes it use much less energy globally.
Ambiq microprocessors are compatible with existing software and according to ARISTMARKETING, can be used directly in products that are already on sale. The idea is to compete with chips that are already in the market made by competitors such as Atmel or ST Microelectronics. Their solutions can both benefit the autonomy of devices with the current size and make possible designs with smaller sizes that for example can fit better in a female market that for now has few options in the field of smart watches.