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Clinical-grade accuracy for next-gen wearables

Wearable health and fitness monitors require greater accuracy in measuring human biometrics such as body temperature and heart rate, to provide value. But device designers have been limited by sensor accuracy for small, battery-powered, body-worn devices.

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Maxim Integrated can solve this challenge with two new continuous-monitoring body sensors that provide higher degrees of accuracy in measuring vital signs such as temperature, heart rate and blood-oxygen saturation (SpO2):

±0.1°C accurate, I2C digital temperature sensor

The MAX30208 operates from a 1.7V to 3.6V supply voltage, and is a low-power, high-accuracy digital temperature sensor with ±0.1°C accuracy from +30°C to +50°C and ±0.15°C accuracy from 0°C to +70° C. The MAX30208 has 16-bit resolution (0.005°C).

The device uses a standard I2C serial interface to communicate with a host controller. Two GPIO pins are available. GPIO1 can be configured to trigger a temperature conversion, while GPIO0 can be configured to generate an interrupt for selectable status bits. The MAX30208 includes a 32-word FIFO for the temperature data and also includes high and low threshold digital temperature alarms. The device is available in a 2mm x 2mm x 0.75mm, 10-pin Thin LGA package.

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MAX30208 block diagram

Single-supply integrated optical module for HR and SpO2 measurement

The MAXM86161 is an ultra-low-power, completely integrated, optical data-acquisition system. On the transmitter side, the MAXM86161 has three programmable high-current LED drivers. On the receiver side, MAXM86161 consists of a high efficiency PIN photo-diode and an optical readout channel. The optical readout has a low-noise signal conditioning analog front-end (AFE), including 19-bit ADC, an industry-lead ambient light cancellation (ALC) circuit, and a picket fence detect and replace algorithm. Due to the low power consumption, compact size, easy, flexible-to-use, and industry lead ambient light rejection capability of the MAXM86161, the device is ideal for a wide variety of optical sensing applications such as heart rate detection and pulse oximetry.

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MAXM86161 block diagram

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Maxim Integrated Webinar: Deliver Precise Temperature Measurement from Your Wearables

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Now that wearables have become more entrenched in the market, many designers are ready to further enhance their designs by adding temperature measurements. Temperature is one of the four core body vital signs to provide insight into general health and overall wellbeing.

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The MAX 30208, a digital temperature sensor

The thermal sensor itself is located on a top of the die, allowing better contact with the measured surface. Its compact size eliminates the thermal capacity almost completely, especially if mounted on a thin, flexible PCB.