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Toshiba development kits for wearable health monitors

Steve Rogerson
May 12, 2015
Toshiba Electronics has launched hardware (HDK) and software (SDK) development kits that together form a development platform for wearable and IoT devices to enable activity level monitoring as well as taking a pulse and checking heart rate.
Suitable for the TZ1000 App Lite series of application processors, the HDK and SDK will be made available to IoT device developers from this month. The Japanese company will also conduct a trial campaign that will offer a limited quantity of reference boards and the development environment free of charge.
The TZ1000 series devices integrate a sensor, a processor, flash memory and a Bluetooth Low Energy controller in a single package. The series is designed to provide single-device products for measuring, processing, saving and communicating the data required for wearable and IoT devices.
The development environment includes a HDK embedded with the TZ1001MBG processor and a biometric sensor board that measures pulse waves and the heart’s electrical activities. The SDK includes driver software that controls each component incorporated in TZ1001MBG, middleware that measures activity and pulse waves, and application software that controls the overall system.
The platform is supported by recommended development tools, including KeilMDK-ARM and IAR Embedded Workbenchfor ARM.
The kits will let users evaluate and develop software in an environment closer to their final products and to optimise use of the application processor for specific applications. The development environment should contribute to reduced design hours and shorten time to market.
Toshiba aims to further strengthen the TZ1000 series line-up with the development of software algorithms to measure weak biological signals, such as pulse waves and the heart’s electrical activities, as well as environmental data such as temperature and humidity.