New Citizen Smartwatches Will Be Powered by Ambiq Micro’s SPOT Technology

Citizen Eco Drive SPOT

Citizen will unveil its new smartwatch, the Eco-Drive Riiiver which will be powered by Subthreshold Power Optimized Technology (SPOT™) platform, developed by Ambiq Micro, an Austin, Texas-based tech company that provides ultra-low power solutions. Citizen will unveil the new smartwatch at SXSW 2019 as part of its new Riiiver open IoT platform service.  

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The smartwatches are built around Ambiq Micro’s Apollo MCU family and maintain extremely long battery life while acting as a key control and communication point for Riiiver services.

The three ‘I’s in Riiiver stand for “imagine,” “inspire,” and “innovate” and reflect Citizen’s ultimate goals for the open IoT platform service. With the advancement of technology, smartwatches could become a key part of people’s lives. Ambiq Micro’s Apollo MCU family will allow Citizen’s Eco-Drive Riiiver to expand ‘time’ and ‘lifestyle’ by connecting people, things, and services through their watches without sacrificing quality or battery life.

Citizen smartwatch

“Ambiq Micro is pleased to bring the highest levels of energy efficiency to Citizen smartwatches and the new Riiiver platform,” said Aaron Grassian, Ambiq Micro’s Vice President of Marketing. “We are excited that Citizen decided to unveil their new platform in Austin, Texas, the birthplace of Ambiq Micro and where we continue to break records in ultra-low power product design.”

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Founded in 2010, Ambiq Micro believes that extremely low power semiconductors are the key to the future of electronics. Through the use of its pioneering and patented SPOT platform, innovative companies around the world are developing differentiated solutions that reduce or eliminate the need for batteries, lower overall system power, and maximize industrial design flexibility.

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