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Ambiq Micro

December 14, 2016 09:00 ET

Ambiq Micro's Apollo 2 Power Standards Pave Way for New Generation of IoT Devices

Ambiq Micro's Latest Wearables and IoT Platform Offers Lowest Power-Consumption Performance at <10µA/MHz for Consumer Electronics (CE) Devices

AUSTIN, TX--(Marketwired - Dec 14, 2016) -  Ambiq Micro, the leader in ultra-low power solutions, today released the Apollo 2 Wearables and IoT Platform. The Platform offers breakthrough power consumption of under 10µA/MHz, which allows for double the battery life in wearable devices. Apollo 2's performance will lead to longer battery life, enhanced intelligence and improved functionality in wearables and IoT consumer electronics (CE) products. Ambiq Micro's Apollo 2 Platform provides dramatic reductions in energy consumption through its patented Subthreshold Power Optimized Technology (SPOT™) technology.

"The incredible pace of Moore's Law disrupted computing every year or two and took us from room-sized supercomputers to billions of pocket-sized mobile phones," said Scott Hanson, founder and CTO, Ambiq Micro. "Ambiq Micro's SPOT technology will bring a similar pace of innovation to the IoT. As the foundation of our Apollo MCU, SPOT allows us to drive energy consumption below what we previously imagined was possible. With Apollo 2, we extend the SPOT technology to achieve new efficiencies for the next wave of IoT and connected devices."

Wearables and IoT devices need a longer battery life or smaller batteries to create slimmer and more fashionable form factors. To meet customer demands, devices must be always on, always connected and always aware. In order to provide that functionality without compromising battery life, devices will require lower power consumption standards. Ambiq Micro's Apollo 2 provides wearables and IoT device original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) a platform with a 5x reduction in power consumption, which leads to double the battery life of competitors.

"The market for wearables and IoT devices is growing rapidly, especially with younger generations accustomed to always-on and always-aware aesthetically designed devices enhancing their daily lives," said James Lee, President, Foxlink "This growth and stringent expectation mean chips powering our devices need to be faster and more efficient than ever. With Ambiq Micro's Apollo 2, we can offer some of the most feature-rich devices to consumers without sacrificing precious battery life or introducing unnecessary form factor constraints."

Ambiq Micro offers a wearables and IoT platform with ultra-low power consumption. A variety of major brands and OEMs are currently using Ambiq Micro's technology to build the most challenging low-power devices. The platform's low processing power consumption and large memory size give OEMs the ability to develop industry-leading devices replete with robust consumer applications. Apollo 2's complete set of peripherals includes:

  • High-precision 14-bit analog-to-digital converters (ADC)
  • Digital microphone interface with pulse density modulation (PDM) for voice applications
  • Voltage comparator
  • Temperature sensor
  • I2C/SPI for communication with sensors, radios, co-processor and other peripherals
  • Universal asynchronous receiver/transmitter (UART) for communication with peripherals and legacy devices

Ambiq Micro's Apollo 2 platform is sampling now to a limited customer set and will be sampling more broadly in the coming months. The product technical specifications are available below:

 

Ambiq Micro Apollo 2 Wearables and IoT Platform with ARM Cortex M4F Core
Effective active current <10µA/MHz
Effective performance 48 MHz
Flash/RAM size 1MB/256kB
Peripherals I2C, SPI, 14-bit ADC, PDM
Package Options 64-pin, 4.5 x 4.5mm BGA with 50 GPIO
49-pin, 2.5 x 2.5mm WLCSP with 34 GPIO
   

About Ambiq Micro
Ambiq Micro was founded in 2010 on the simple yet powerful notion that extremely low power semiconductors are the key to the future of electronics. Through the use of pioneering ultra-low power technology, innovative companies around the world are developing differentiated solutions that reduce or eliminate the need for batteries, lower overall system power, and maximize industrial design flexibility. Ambiq Micro has developed breakthrough technology based on its patented Subthreshold Power Optimized Technology (SPOT™) platform that dramatically reduces the amount of power consumed by semiconductors thus making its integrated circuits (ICs) an ideal solution for energy critical applications. Ambiq Micro is headquartered in Austin, Texas.

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