Dual-photodetector optical sensor solution accelerates time to market

13-07-2020 | Maxim | Test & Measurement

Swiftly and easily design sensors into areas where they never fitted with what is claimed to be the thinnest optical sensor solution for wearable health and fitness products – the MAXM86146 dual-photodetector optical sensor solution from Maxim Integrated Products. This turnkey drop-in module incorporates built-in algorithms for heart-rate and oxygen-saturation (SpO2) monitoring, as well as advanced activity classification. The device's small size and ease of design facilitate innovative biosensing features in less space and support the rapid development of accurate, continuous health-monitoring devices.


The device provides designers of advanced wearable products the capability to achieve a 45% thinner optical design versus a discrete approach. Furthermore, the module provides ready-to-use biosensing algorithms that measure vital signs to the highest rigorous medical standards, providing even more time to develop market-differentiating features. The device can save designers up to six months in bringing new products to market and offers extra time and space to expand functionality.


“By cutting our development time, Maxim Integrated’s state-of-the-art optical sensor solution enabled us to leap-frog the competition by allowing us to focus on new feature introductions,” said Satish Movva, founder and CEO of CarePredict. “In addition, caregivers got unprecedented remote access to the activity and behaviour indicators of seniors through the CarePredict wearable to help manage their health conditions from afar.”


“Design space and time-to-market are at a premium for designers of next-generation wearable healthcare monitors,” said Andrew Baker, managing director, Industrial and Healthcare Business Unit at Maxim Integrated. “With the world’s thinnest dual-photodetector optical sensor solution, we enable greater capacity for designers to rapidly introduce innovative capabilities.”

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