Newton SoC Platform Could Power Android Wearables
April 1, 2014 3:47 PM
The Ingenic Newton platform was designed to fit in devices about the size of a quarter dollar coin
Google wants its
Android Wear operating system
on a slew of new wearables made by the likes of HTC, LG, Motorola, Samsung and ASUS "later this year," and now, it has a chip partner that can help accomplish these goals.
(MIPS) has introduced the Newton platform, which is based on its MIPS architecture. The system-on-chip was built by chip-making partner Ingenic and is about the size of an SD card.
The chip uses Ingenic's 1GHz JZ4775 CPU, which is Android compatible and offers at least 30 hours of battery life for smart watches and other wearables.
It also features support for up to 3GB RAM for mobile devices; Wi-Fi connectivity (802.11 a/b/g/n at 2.4/5 GHz); Bluetooth 4.0; 720p video; NFC; 3-axis gyroscope, accelerometer magnetometer sensors; pressure, humidity and temperature sensors; bio-signal detection and processing sensors, and USB support.
This platform will be useful for Android Wear partners who can choose their features, thanks to the modular design, and create prototypes faster.
The Ingenic Newton platform was designed to fit in devices about the size of a quarter dollar coin which would be suitable for wearables, home appliances, healthcare, security, industrial control, consumer electronics, etc.
While Google said many wearables running Android Wear will land "later this year," a few have already had small introductions, including
Motorola's Moto G smartwatch
. The smartwatch features a circular LCD that can display traditional analog or digital watch faces.
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