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Maxim Enables a Healthier World with Wearable Platforms for Health and Fitness Applications

San Jose, CA - June 25, 2018 - Designers can extract vital signs and raw data for their wearable designs with the MAX-HEALTH-BAND, as well as monitor clinical-grade electrocardiograph (ECG) and heart rate with the MAX-ECG-MONITOR from Maxim Integrated Products, Inc. (NASDAQ: MXIM). The MAX-HEALTH-BAND evaluation and development platform, a wrist-worn heart-rate and activity monitor, features the MAX86140 optimized optical pulse-oximeter/heart-rate sensor, the MAX20303 wearable power-management solution, and Maxim’s motion-compensated algorithms. The MAX-ECG-MONITOR evaluation and development platform features the MAX30003 ultra-low-power, clinical-grade analog front end (AFE), which monitors ECG and heart-rate signals. It comes in two form factors - a wet electrode patch for clinical applications and a chest strap for fitness applications.

Many designers struggle to develop good optical heart-rate solutions for health and fitness wearables. This is primarily due to the complexity involved in designing good optical solutions and motion-compensated algorithms, which slows down the design process. Designers must also consider customer expectations such as comfort, longer battery life, and reliable accuracy. The MAX-HEALTH-BAND and MAX-ECG-MONITOR evaluation and development platforms solve these challenges.

MAX-HEALTH-BAND

Eliminating up to six months of design time which is typically required for building and prototyping, the MAX-HEALTH-BAND heart-rate and activity tracker demonstrates system-level performance at the IC level and can be used to evaluate AFEs and power-management ICs (PMICs). It includes motion-compensated algorithms to extract useful data for health and fitness applications based on photoplethysmography (PPG) signals. In addition, it streams algorithm output and raw data from the health sensors via Bluetooth onto a smartphone app for customer algorithm development. Algorithm output data provided includes heart rate, heart-rate variability (HRV), step count, and activity classification. For high accuracy, the heart-rate and activity monitor collects beat-to-beat physiological data about the heart. Compared to competitive solutions, the Maxim ICs within the MAX-HEALTH-BAND require less than half the power, allowing it to last for seven days on just a single charge. These ICs are also approximately one-third smaller to deliver a compact, comfortable form factor for consumers.

MAX-ECG-MONITOR

The MAX-ECG-MONITOR evaluation and development platform, featuring the MAX30003 clinical-grade AFE, analyzes data and accurately tracks ECG and heart rate to provide valuable insight to customers for clinical and fitness applications. It allows developers to run their own fitness or medical ECG-based applications and algorithms. Part of the Movesense ecosystem for biometric and motion sensor solutions, the MAX-ECG-MONITOR runs an open application programming interface (API) for developing unique in-device apps for various ECG-based use cases showing heart-rate signals at rest or during high motion activity.

Commentary

Developers creating monitoring devices don't always have the special expertise in measurement technology, visual and mechanical industrial design, signal processing, and algorithm development. On the other hand, consumers want comfortable wearables with long battery life and reliable accuracy. Fully productized and commercially available Movesense-based applications such as the MAX-ECG-MONITOR enable customers to go to market quickly, while also providing high performance and comfort.

Jussi Kaasinen, Business Development Director at Movesense

With these end applications, software companies and startups can significantly accelerate time to market by using them right out of the box. The MAX-HEALTH-BAND, for example, is a complete solution allowing customers to design a heart-rate and activity monitor in its entirety - using either their own algorithms or the one we created for them.

Andrew Baker, Executive Director of the Industrial & Healthcare Business Unit at Maxim Integrated

Availability and Pricing

  • The MAX-HEALTH-BAND is available at Maxim’s website for $200; includes Maxim's motion-compensation algorithms as well as an Android-based app for a complete, wrist-worn activity-tracking solution; available for white-box license.
  • The MAX-ECG-MONITOR is available for $150; includes an ECG module that can attach to the chest for fitness applications or wet electrode patches for clinical applications; available for white-box license.

Medical Sensors Design Conference and Sensors Expo & Conference

The MAX-HEALTH-BAND and MAX-ECG-MONITOR evaluation and development platforms will be on display and available for demonstration at Medical Sensors Design Conference (June 25, 2018 in San Jose, California; booth 10) and Sensors Expo & Conference (June 26–28, 2018 in San Jose, California; booth 1035). In addition, Maxim’s Andrew Burt will provide a brief presentation titled, "Enabling a Healthier World" at 5:30 p.m. on June 25. Maxim’s Ian Chen will present, "What's in Store for Optical Sensors" from 1:30–2:20 p.m. on June 27.

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.

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