Collaboration for radar-based blood pressure sensor
Infineon Technologies has announced that its Silicon Valley Innovation Center (SVIC) has entered a new agreement with Blumio to co-develop a wearable, non-invasive blood pressure sensor based on Infineon’s XENSIV radar chipset by 2021.
The new sensor has the potential to disrupt the $45bn market for wearable cardiovascular monitoring devices by enabling continuous and precise measurement without a cuff.
“Bringing together Infineon’s 60GHz radar chipset and system understanding with Blumio’s expertise in cardiovascular health monitoring in a more formal engagement lets both companies leverage their strengths to more rapidly bring the product to market,” said Adrian Mikolajczak, Head of the Infineon Silicon Valley Innovation Centre, Power and Sensor Systems. “We are excited to see our advanced sensors like radar being applied to novel and rapidly expanding health and wellness applications.”
Upon successful completion, a kit combining Infineon’s radar chipset and development board with Blumio’s software and algorithms would be released to consumer and medical wearable device makers to integrate into their blood pressure monitoring devices.
“We are thrilled to work together with Infineon, the technology leader in radar, to jointly bring the new blood pressure sensor to market,” added Catherine Liao, Co-founder and CEO of Blumio. “We have experienced tremendous support since the beginning of our partnership in 2018 and we look forward to further advance our collaboration with Infineon.”
In its role as an incubator of new technologies, the SVIC will provide funding and resources to support the sensor’s commercialisation. The SVIC will leverage Infineon’s engineering, manufacturing, and commercialisation expertise, as well as offer office and laboratory space.
“Innovation and partnerships are part of Infineon’s DNA. As an incubator, Infineon works together with startups to develop leading-edge technologies that make life easier, safer and greener,” said Mikolajczak. “The expanded partnership with Blumio truly exemplifies our commitment to invent new technologies that solve problems as we expand our footprint in Silicon Valley.”
The SVIC is Infineon’s incubation facility based in Silicon Valley, California with a mission to foster the region’s startup community and bring new technologies to market. A similar model in Singapore called the Co-Innovation Space offers startups based in Asia Pacific with a yearlong commitment to provide R&D and manufacturing facilities, as well as access to Infineon research, expertise and guidance.