Funding ends on Jun 29, 2018 at 04:59 PM PDT (11:59 PM UTC)
"zGlue launches a configurable system-on-a-chip to help developers implement customized chipsets"
"An open platform and chipset aim to make a new world of custom-made smart shoes, clothes, trackers, watches and who knows what else."
"zGlue’s zOrigin reference design... is the startup’s first product using its low-cost 2.5D chip-stacking technology."
"Developers, makers and hobbyists searching for an affordable low power wireless wearable development board with chip stacking technology may be interested in the zOrigin."
At first glance, zOrigin is a full-featured, wireless fitness tracker that is so small it could easily go unnoticed among the coins in your pocket. However, it is also the first proof-of-concept of a new chip-stacking technology called zGlue that enables engineers and product designers to create and manufacture custom chips in a matter of days. Our goal is to make chip design as easy and accessible as printed circuit board (PCB) design. Whether you use zOrigin as is for daily health and fitness monitoring, integrate the custom zOrigin chip into your own product, or use zOrigin as the basis of your very own chip design, we hope you’ll join us in being among the first to make use of what zGlue has to offer.
zOrigin on a bracelet
Out of the box, zOrigin is a compact, ready-to-use fitness monitor in a durable enclosure. Install the phone app and you’ll be ready to monitor your heart rate, temperature, and number of steps taken.
Want to develop your own product based on the chip that powers zOrigin? No problem – we offer a complete dev board and actual chips. See below for details.
Using the same ZiP technology we used to design the zOrigin chip, you too can design and manufacture custom chips in a matter of days. Every backer of this campaign will get a free trial of our zCAD software for designing their own chips. See below for details.
We’ve developed some example Android mobile apps that interface with zOrigin via Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE). Of course, you can also develop your own apps for use with zOrigin. We will soon release the source code for the mobile apps as a reference.
At the heart of zOrigin is the ZGZL1BA, the first commercially available example of creating a chip using ZiP technology. We designed the chip with zOrigin in mind. Inside, the ZGLZ1BA integrates the following components:
ZGLZ1BA block diagram
zOrigin dev board block diagram
The zOrigin is based on the zGlue Integration Platform (ZiP), which lets anyone use software tools to design a custom, affordable, ultra-small, power-efficient chip for their own device or project, and have it manufactured at volume within days.
ZiP is based on zGlue’s 2.5D active integration technology, which allows designers to stack chips on demand by combining the essential building blocks required by modern devices – processing, sensing, memory, and communications – into one chip. zGlue’s flexible silicon platform delivers the most cost-effective approach for individual customization and feature selection.
As a token of thanks to our early supporters, every backer of this Crowd Supply campaign will get a free trial of our zCAD software for designing their own chips. We anticipate zCAD being released before the end of 2018. The price tag for similar software for system-in-package (SiP) design can easily run into six figures.
We are in the process of finalizing a full datasheet and reference design, which we’ll release as soon as possible. Datasheets and other supporting material will be posted on the zGlue website as they become available.
We have an extensive partnership ecosystem that will bring zOrigin to life. The production, assembly, and test process for zGlue’s ZiP technology is fully qualified by the largest foundry and outsourced semiconductor assembly and test (OSAT) facility in the world. We already have the first batch of ZiPs assembled and tested.
We manages the procurement and sourcing of all the components used in zOrigin. Since these are standard components, we anticipate a normal lead time of 8 to 12 weeks. We’ve been working with trusted partners in China to build the prototypes. The PCB design and component procurement efforts will take place in parallel to ZiP assembly. We will post regular manufacturing updates – please stay tuned!
Our prototypes and the first batch of silicon are back from manufacturing. We have a lot of work to do to fully test and qualify the zOrigin system, but it is currently progressing nicely.
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