Healthcare sensors enable ultra-small size at lowest power and clinical-grade accuracy

30-07-2019 | Maxim | Test & Measurement

Designers designing next-generation wearable health and fitness applications can lessen temperature measurement power by 50% with the MAX30208, as well as shrink optical solution size by 40% with the MAXM86161 from Maxim Integrated Products. Also, design engineers can enhance both sensitivity and accuracy with the highest SNR using the MAXM86161.

To give value, wearable health and fitness monitors need better accuracy in measuring human biometrics such as body temperature and heart rate, but device designers have been restricted by sensor accuracy for small, battery-powered, body-worn devices. The company's two new continuous-monitoring body sensors offer higher degrees of accuracy in measuring vital signs such as heart rate, temperature, and blood-oxygen saturation (SpO2).

“Wearable devices continue to gain market traction, with global revenue now estimated to grow from $56.4 billion in 2019 to $78.3 billion by 2022 at a four-year compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 13%,” said James Hayward, principal analyst at IDTechEx Research. “Major growth drivers include additional value captured in the growth and evolution of products such as smartwatches and ear-worn products, alongside the adoption of dedicated wearable devices in key healthcare verticals.”

By Natasha Shek