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Push the limits of wearables and IoT with Ambiq

You’ll never get that level of graphics or AI functionality on a wearable…unless you build your device around Ambiq’s Apollo510 MCU!

In the final interview as part of ipXchange’s sponsored coverage of Ambiq’s presence at Embedded World 2024, Eamon chats with Dan Cermak, Ambiq’s VP of Architecture and Product Planning, for a general overview of everything Ambiq had on show this year.

First off, Dan shows us several display evaluation kits for Ambiq’s Apollo4 family of devices. These use the onboard 2.5D GPU to produce some incredibly vibrant GUIs, mainly geared towards smart watches, but they are also great for medical wearables and IoT devices.

This is thanks to the ultra-low power consumption of the Apollo chips, which allows such engaging products to run for weeks on a single charge.

To that end, Ambiq has also been developing a new energy harvesting evaluation kit in conjunction with several of its partners. The ability to run Apollo MCUs and Bluetooth SoCs on ambient light energy demonstrates how Ambiq’s products can be at the heart of IoT builds, without adding to ‘the battery problem’.

As well as development kits, Ambiq had plenty of end products on show, proving that its technology works and is already out in the World. This included animal trackers for pets and smart agriculture applications, in addition to the aforementioned use cases.

Of course, the star product was Ambiq’s new Apollo510 MCU, which takes low-power processing, including for AI workloads at the endpoint, to a whole new level.

New features include high-quality audio processing that enables real-time echo and noise cancellation for the best phone call audio. Ambiq’s latest MCU is able to run this at the same time as the GUI while still retaining a power consumption suitable for operation on batteries.

Dan also shows an Apollo510 demo running an AI model for EKG and pulse detection, simply using skin conductivity and light refraction-based sensors.

As Dan highlights, this data is processed on the device for a private medical solution that does NOT require cloud-based AI infrastructure, where your data may be vulnerable to theft by third parties.

Learn more about Ambiq’s Apollo510 MCU by following the link to the board page below, where you can apply to evaluate this technology and get started working with one of the most innovative MCU manufacturers on the market.

Keep designing!

This was just the overview, so check out all of ipXchange’s interviews with Ambiq’s partners at Embedded World 2024:

Apollo4 vs. Apollo5: Ambiq’s MCUs in (AI) action!

How Ambiq enabled the RAK11720’s added features

Creating stunning MCU-driven GUIs with Qt Group

When Ambiq meets energy harvesting – Live demo!

How to build power-efficient GUIs with Ambiq MCUs

How Think Silicon engineered a wearable GPU

Ambiq Apollo510 AI-Optimised Ultra-Low Power MCU

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