Abstract:Wearable systems that monitor health through vital signs have grabbed the attention of the healthcare, technology and consumer sectors over the last decade. Motivated by rapidly increasing healthcare costs and propelled by recent technological advances in ultra-small sensors, low power computation, power sourcing and wireless communication, the continued advance of wearable, sensor-based systems will transform the future of healthcare. Designers face many tough challenges including power consumption, ergonomics, accuracy, RF integration, cost and more. The most challenging design requirements for wearable devices are size and power consumption. Smart watches and wearable healthcare systems incorporate many “pivot” type ICs, such as biosensors, wireless transceivers, and microprocessors. The focus on power consumption and savings should not be limited to these parts within the system, care must be taken when choosing the systems supporting ICs, as well. Many other ultra-small, low power devices support the main infrastructure of a wearable device including supervisors, data converters, and RF chips. Maxim offers a wide selection of such ICs developed with the wearable market in mind.
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