Dev Kit Weekly – Maxim Integrated MAX86150EVSYS Mobile Health Monitoring Kit

September 6, 2019 Brandon Lewis

This week's kit is the Maxim Integrated MAX86150EVSYS, a mobile health monitoring evaluation platform. But rather than one piece of hardware, you actually get two: The MAX86150 electrocardiogram and photoplethysmogram bio-sensor module, and the MAX32630FTHR microcontroller board.

But don't be confused: in this dev kit, the MAX86150 PPG and 1-lead ECG sensor module is the star of the show. It of course features the MAX86150 sensor, a high signal-to-noise integrated heart rate monitor and pulse oximetry optical sensor. The sensor itself measures in at a tiny 3.3 mm x 5.6 mm x 1.3 mm and boasts an ultra-low shutdown current of 0.7 µA, making it an ideal starting point for medical wearable device prototypes.

Dry contact electrodes are also present on the module to help you get up and running with mobile healthcare designs quickly.

Still, this wouldn't really be a "mobile" health monitoring development kit without the companion MAX32630FTHR. This board gives the evaluation platform its intelligence, sporting an Arm Cortex-M4-based MCU, power management IC, and, of course, Bluetooth module, and 6-axis accelerometer/gyroscope.   

The kit even comes with Windows 10 GUI software, giving you really everything you need to quickly prototype a high-end wearable device.

All of that is available for $125 from authorized distributors. Or for free if you win the raffle below:

If you're interested in learning more, visit the MAX86150EVSYS webpage at Or, ask @techielew in the comments section.

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