eMMC: Low-Power Mobile Storage for Smartwatches
By Zachi Friedman, Product Marketing Manager, Synopsys
Today’s connected world is exploding with the Internet-of-Things (IoT) designs across many applications and is exemplified by the advent of wearable devices like smartwatches. The tremendous rise of IoT designs has created many opportunities for designers to deliver differentiated and feature-rich systems beyond mobile devices. The industry is also starting to focus more on wearable devices like smartwatches.
Smartwatches in particular are getting the attention of consumers. Figure 1 shows the global wearable device unit shipments forecast and smartwatches are estimated to ship over 100 million units by 2019. Consequently, SoC designers and system architects are scrambling to include the latest features and bring their differentiated smartwatches to market as quickly as possible. Although smartwatches are considered to be add-on accessories now, some analysts see smartwatches becoming the next smartphones in the very near future, consolidating many discrete functions into a single device.