Ambiq Micro’s Latest Apollo 2 Platform Offers Lowest Power-Consumption Performance for Consumer Electronics Devices

December 29 2016, 03:00
Ambiq Micro released the Apollo 2 Wearables and IoT Platform, offering breakthrough power consumption of under 10 μA/MHz, which allows for double the battery life in wearable devices. Apollo 2’s performance provides longer battery life, enhanced intelligence and improved functionality in wearables and IoT consumer electronics products 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,” says 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,” says 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. 

Ambiq Micro's Apollo ultra-low power solutions were adopted by the Fossil Group in hybrid smartwatches from brands, Fossil, Skagen and Misfit. The Apollo platform operates as a central component in the hybrid smartwatches and handles device operations – including processing sensor inputs and controlling wireless communication.

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, and universal asynchronous receiver/transmitter (UART) for communication with peripherals and legacy devices.

Ambiq Micro’s Apollo 2 platform uses a ARM Cortex M4F Core with an effective performance of 48 MHz with 1MB/256kB of Flash/RAM memory. Package options include 64-pin, 4.5 x 4.5mm BGA with 50 GPIO, or 49-pin, 2.5 x 2.5mm WLCSP with 34 GPIO. Samples are now available.
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