Wearables dev board links power management to Cortex-M4F MCU

December 20, 2016 // By Graham Prophet
A recent report (link below) that generated a high level of interest outlined Maxim’s MAX32630 ARM Cortex-M4F microcontroller. The chip is also availability on a rapid development platform, the MAX32630FTHR Pegasus board, designed to quickly implement battery optimized solutions in sectors such as wellness monitors and wearables.

This board was inspired by the Adafruit feather series of boards and it is compatible with many of their peripheral wings . A complete getting-started guide is available at (ARM’s ) developer.mbed.org site with the. The board also includes the MAX14690 wearable PMIC to provide power conversion and battery management. The form factor is a 23 x 52 mm (0.9 in. by 2.0 in.) dual row header footprint that is compatible with breadboards and off-the shelf peripheral expansion boards. On board is a variety of peripherals including a dual-mode Bluetooth module, micro SD card connector, 6-axis accelerometer/gyro, RGB indicator LED, and pushbutton. This provides a power-optimized flexible platform for quick proof-of-concepts and early software development to enhance time to market.

Maxim suggests applications in areas such as; fitness monitors, portable medical devices, sensor hubs, sports watches and wearable medical patches.

Maxim Integrated: www.maximintegrated.com/en/products/digital/microcontrollers/MAX32630FTHR