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Posted on September 26, 2018

Maxim unveils wrist-worn platform for monitoring ECG, heart rate, temp

Digital Health 2018
Designers seeking to enable continuous monitoring of various health parameters can now quickly create unique, highly accurate wearable solutions using Health Sensor Platform 2.0 (HSP 2.0) from Maxim Integrated Products, Inc. This next-generation rapid prototyping, evaluation and development platform, also known as MAXREFDES101#, brings the ability to monitor electrocardiogram (ECG), heart rate and body temperature to a wrist-worn wearable, saving up to six months in development time. For more information see the IDTechEx report on Wearable Sensors 2018-2028.
 
Details about HSP 2.0, including a video and system diagram: https://www.maximintegrated.com/products/MAXREFDES101
 
When it comes to wearables, a wrist-based device is convenient for users to wear daily. However, it has been challenging to derive precise ECG monitoring from the wrist (most alternatives require a wearable chest strap). In addition, getting accurate body temperature typically requires using a thermometer at another location. Through its proprietary sensor and health monitoring technology, Maxim has overcome these challenges in the HSP 2.0.
 
Enclosed in a watch casing, the wrist-based form factor enables HSP 2.0 to provide basic functionality out of the box, with body-monitoring measurements starting immediately. Data can be stored on the platform for patient evaluation or streamed to a PC for analysis later. Unlike other wearables, the data measurements collected by the HSP 2.0 can be owned by the wearer, alleviating data privacy concerns and allowing users to conduct their own data analysis. Also, because HSP 2.0 is an open platform, designers can evaluate their own algorithms on the board. In addition, the modular format is future proof to quickly accommodate new sensors over time.
 
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HSP 2.0 includes the following products:
MAX32630 DARWIN low-power microcontroller for wearables and internet of things (IoT) applications
MAX32664 ultra-low-power biometric sensor hub with embedded heart-rate algorithm
MAX20303 highly integrated and programmable power management solution designed for ultra-low-power wearable applications
MAX30205 human body temperature sensor with ±0.1 degree Celsius accuracy
MAX30001 ultra-low-power, single-channel integrated biopotential and bioimpedance analog front-end (AFE) solution for wearable applications
MAX86141 ultra-low-power optical pulse oximeter and heart-rate sensor for wearables
 
Key Advantages for Designers
Fast Time to Market: Fully working hardware and firmware with companion watch casing cuts design and validation time by up to six months
High Accuracy: Only available solution to integrate clinical-grade ECG along with heart-rate and body-temperature measurements into a wrist-worn format
Arm® Mbed™ Support: For efficient evaluation and rapid application prototyping, the Mbed environment provides a high level of abstraction to eliminate maintenance of software tools and provide an extensive library of open-source software
 
Commentary
"Wearables are metamorphosing from being much more than a fun device for health and fitness. New capabilities are enabling healthcare professionals to use them as virtual care monitoring devices to assess chronic conditions and evaluate overall well-being. Innovations such as Maxim's Health Sensor Platform 2.0 are helping to drive this evolution toward more proactive healthcare," said Roeen Roashan, senior analyst, healthcare technology, IHS Markit.
 
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"Patients and medical professionals are increasingly wanting more real-time exchange of accurate health data collected over an extended time frame, along with the ability to access this data from anywhere," said Andrew Baker, managing director, Industrial and Healthcare Business Unit, Maxim Integrated. "Wearable and medical device manufacturers can turn to Maxim's HSP 2.0 to create accurate, wrist-worn health monitoring solutions, shaving off up to six months of the typical development time."
 
Availability and Pricing
Health Sensor Platform 2.0, MAXREFDES101#, is available with hardware and firmware files for $399 USD at Maxim's website and select franchised distributors. Arm Mbed also offers the hardware, firmware and microboard.
 
About Maxim Integrated
Maxim Integrated develops innovative analog and mixed-signal products and technologies to make systems smaller and smarter, with enhanced security and increased energy efficiency. We are empowering design innovation for our automotive, industrial, healthcare, mobile consumer and cloud data center customers to deliver industry-leading solutions that help change the world. Learn more at https://www.maximintegrated.com.
 
Source: Maxim Integrated
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