Ambiq targets healthcare monitoring with ultra-low power processors

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Ambiq, a specialist in ultra-low power semiconductor products and solutions, has introduced the Apollo4 Lite and Apollo4 Blue Lite SoC.

These devices expand the company’s portfolio of SoCs for IoT endpoint devices, especially the remote monitoring products of the healthcare sector and this announcement follows Ambiq’s recent release of its Heart Kit, an optimised open-source AI model that utilise multi-head neural networks (MH-NNs) to enable a variety of real-time heart-monitoring applications. 

The Apollo4 Lite and Blue Lite product line is the latest generation system processor solutions built upon Ambiq’s proprietary Subthreshold Power-Optimised Technology (SPOT) platform, enabling new features while reducing devices’ overall system power consumption to extend their battery life.

Both of these SoCs have been embedded with an ultra-low power Cortex-M4 core that can operate at up to 192 MHz with turboSPOT, an audio subsystem, GPU, and ample MRAM and SRAM. They are also pin-compatible with Ambiq’s Apollo4 Plus and Blue Plus1, providing developers with an improved level of flexibility in terms of their designs.

“Today’s patients are more empowered to monitor and advocate for their own health, and healthcare providers require more data analytics to prescribe holistic treatment,” said David Priscak, VP of Technical Solutions at Ambiq. “With bold graphics and long battery life, state-of-the-art health tracking is now more affordable and accessible thanks to these new additions to our Apollo4 SoC family.”

“The global remote patient market in terms of revenue was estimated to be worth $53.6 billion in 2022 and is poised to reach $175.2 billion by 2027, growing at a CAGR of 26.7% from 2022 to 2027,” said Ms. Anu Dhiman – Lead Healthcare Analyst – MarketsandMarkets Research.  “The predominant factors influencing the growth of the market include the benefits of remote patient monitoring to reduce the burden on medical resources, the monitoring benefits of telehealth and remote patient monitoring services, advancements in telecommunications, as increasing geriatric population, and the growing need to expand healthcare access.”  

The Apollo4 Lite and the Apollo4 Blue Lite are designed for extended battery life, advanced security, and powerful graphics in small form factors, which are critical for the continued adoption of these devices. Both are now in mass production, targeting digital health products, smartwatches, fitness bands, animal trackers, voice-activated remotes, industrial maintenance, and smart home IoT devices.