The new chip is the first that can take multiple measurements -
including body fat, skin temperature and heart rate - as well as
process the information collected by itself, Samsung said in a
To help clients accelerate product development using the chip,
the firm said it has developed "reference platform" products
such as a wrist band to demonstrate the chip's capabilities.
The step comes amid a push by tech firms to develop and sell
wearable products - such as smartwatches - that offer a variety
of health-related features including data collection and
Some firms are seeking to launch sophisticated products capable
of detecting and monitoring more serious diseases to tap in to a
market that Soreon Research says could be worth more than $41
billion in 2020.
Samsung began mass production of the new chips in December. It
said the processor will power a new device to be launched in the
first half of 2016, but declined to elaborate on the maker of
(Reporting by Se Young Lee; Editing by Richard Pullin)
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