A dual-core system solution for wearable health monitors

F. Bouwens, J. Huisken, H. de Groot, M. Bennebroek, A. Abbo, O. Santana, J. van Meerbergen, A. Fraboulet

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This paper presents a system design study for wearable sensor devices intended for healthcare and lifestyle applications based on ECG, EEG and activity monitoring. In order to meet the low-power requirement of these applications, a dual-core signal processing system is proposed which combines an ultra-low-power bio-medical Application Specific Instruction-set Processor (BioASIP) and a low-power general-purpose micro-controller (MSP430). To validate the merits of the proposed architecture, system-level power analysis and trade-offs are conducted using real hardware measurements of an ECG R-peak detection application. The results show that the proposed dual-core architecture consumes around 65.38µW, about 25.8x smaller than an MSP430-only approach. Out of 65.38µW, the BioASIP consumes only 11µW and the rest is used in the analog front-end, A/D conversion, and control tasks.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 21st edition of the great lakes symposium on Great lakes symposium on VLSI (GLSVLSI '11)
Place of PublicationNew York, NY, USA
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery, Inc
Number of pages4
ISBN (Print)978-1-4503-0667-6
Publication statusPublished - 2011
Event21st Great Lakes Symposium on VLSI (GLSVLSI 2011) - Lausanne, Switzerland
Duration: 2 May 20114 May 2011
Conference number: 21


Conference21st Great Lakes Symposium on VLSI (GLSVLSI 2011)
Abbreviated titleGLSVLSI 2011
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