MAX86150 Integrated in-Sync PPG and ECG Biosensor Module for Mobile Devices

MAX86150 Integrated in-Sync PPG and ECG Biosensor Module for Mobile Devices


Maxim’s MAX86150 delivers both photoplethysmogram (PPG) and electrocardiogram (ECG) measurements for health monitoring from a mobile, battery-powered device. The MAX86150 is a biosensor module comprised of internal LEDs, photodetectors, and an ECG analog front-end (AFE) to provide highly accurate, FDA-certifiable PPG and ECG performance in compact power-saving designs which include mobile phones, laptops, tablets, and smart speakers.

Delivering synchronized PPG and ECG measurements has been challenging because designers have had to utilize two separate biosensors that together consume more board space and power than a mobile device can typically afford. In addition, achieving high accuracy in the measurements has also been challenging, particularly in cases where sensor sensitivity might be impacted by low perfusion levels or dry skin. The MAX86150 overcomes these challenges, sampling both PPG and ECG simultaneously to provide the highest sensitivity of pulse transit time. The module can be shut down through software with near-zero standby current which reduces the battery drain but allows the power rails to remain powered at all times. The MAX86150 is available in a 3.3 mm x 6.6 mm x 1.3 mm, 22-pin optical module.

Block Diagram


  • Electrocardiogram (ECG) Optimized for Dry Electrode Operation
  • Reflective Heart Rate Monitor and Medical-Grade Pulse Oximeter
  • Miniature 3.3mm x 5.6mm x 1.3mm 22-pin Optical Module
  • Optical-Grade Glass for Long-Term Optimal and Robust Performance
  • Ultra-Low Power Operation for Mobile Devices
  • Ultra-Low Shutdown Current (0.7μA Typical)
  • Robust Motion Artifact Resilience (Heart Rate Monitor)
  • High SNR and Robust Ambient Light Cancellation
  • -40°C to +85°C Operating Temperature Range


  • Fitness assistant devices
  • Smartphones
  • Tablets
  • Wearable devices

more information on Maxim’s website and on Available units: MAX86150EFF+T and MAX86150EFF+

[Update 2/05/2019] Related Project: Blood Pressure Without a Handcuff Using the New MAX86150

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