Creating a custom board with sensors can be complex, as designers must first build custom hardware and firmware to validate their concepts and then build prototypes before starting any field trials. From there, they generally spend a significant amount of time evaluating sensors and existing solutions. Maxim Integrated Products' hSensor platform eliminates the extra three to six months it typically takes to develop a prototype by bringing all the hardware building blocks together on one PCB, as well as having readily-accessible hardware functionality with the ARM mbed hardware development kit (HDK).

The hSensor platform, offered as the MAXREFDES100# reference design, includes an hSensor board, complete firmware with drivers, a debugger board and a graphical user interface (GUI). With access to firmware source code on Maxim's website, the platform allows designers to load algorithms for different use cases and adapt to their specific applications.

The hSensor Platform is ideal for health, wellness, and high-end fitness applications such as chest straps, ECG patches, wrist-worn devices, thermometers, disposable temperature patches, blood oxygen measurement, smart weigh scales and bio authentication, according to the company.

The MAXREFDES100# reference design is available for $150 at Maxim's website and select franchised distributors. Hardware and firmware files are provided free and available online.