Consumers Get Real-Time Health Monitoring Enabled by Maxim Integrated
Technology in Latest Samsung® Smartphone
Samsung Galaxy® S5 tracks health and fitness
SAN JOSE, Calif., April 21, 2014
SAN JOSE, Calif., April 21, 2014 /PRNewswire/ --Maxim Integrated Products,
Inc. (NASDAQ: MXIM) and Samsung Electronics collaborate to improve people's
lives by incorporating intuitive health, fitness, and lifestyle capabilities
into mobile devices. Samsung announces that it has integrated Maxim's heart
rate monitoring sensor into the Samsung Galaxy S5, allowing users to monitor
heart rate. The goal is to help consumers better track their health in real
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Maxim's proprietary technology includes robust algorithms that give accurate
readings quickly in just six seconds. This is the first biosensor incorporated
into a smartphone, and it opens a window into one's personal health.
"Building the platform technology for this new capability was exciting and
challenging," said DJ Koh, Executive Vice President of R&D Strategy Team at
Samsung's Mobile Communications. "This is the first time anyone has
incorporated a heart rate monitor into a mobile device, so our team of medical
experts and engineers worked closely with Maxim to identify the right
solution. We seamlessly wove this technology into a smartphone to deliver a
unique user experience, while quickly overcoming the design challenges to meet
the launch of the Galaxy S5."
The heart rate monitoring sensor is very demanding in its requirements for
motion compensation, ambient light resilience, and fast signal acquisition.
Ordinarily to collect heart rate, the finger is enclosed in a cuff. However,
Maxim's new technology eliminates this need. Users simply rest a finger on the
back of the Galaxy S5, and the algorithm works with the phone's hardware to
provide an accurate reading very fast.
"People are generally unable to access instant information about their unique
health, like heart rate, without the use of costly medical equipment," said
Chae Lee, Senior Vice President of Mobility Group at Maxim. "Now, anyone with
the Galaxy S5 can easily monitor their health and fitness on-demand."
The sophisticated heart rate monitor in the smartphone quickly and accurately
assesses personal vital signs. This is ushering in a new age of health
monitoring, further strengthening the smartphone-human connection because it
creates a more personal experience. Smartphones like the Galaxy S5, and
applications like Samsung's S Health, are becoming essential because they will
help consumers take better care of themselves by monitoring their personal
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analog integration, the possibilities are endless. In Fiscal 2013, we reported
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About Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. is a global leader in technology, opening new
possibilities for people everywhere. Through relentless innovation and
discovery, we are transforming the worlds of TVs, smartphones, tablets, PCs,
cameras, home appliances, printers, LTE systems, medical devices,
semiconductors and LED solutions. We employ 286,000 people across 80 countries
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