Consumer IoT

From mobile devices like smartphones to wearables such as fitness trackers and everyday gadgets like toys, consumer devices are becoming smarter and more connected. The convergence of low-power multi-core processors, intelligent sensors, high-density memory, advanced power management circuits, and embedded security technologies with internet access has fostered new classes of products that deliver productivity, convenience, and entertainment. 



Sensing solutions are enhancing quality of life by enabling us to track our activity levels and monitor a variety of health parameters. Human body sensors output magnitude signals in the millivolt and microvolt ranges. Our integrated devices for wearable health applications combine sensors with amplification and conversion circuits within a single die or package.

DS7505 High-Precision Digital Thermometer and Thermostat
MAX44009 Lowest Power Ambient Light Sensor with ADC
Optical Sensors


The availability of low-cost, low-power multi-core processors has contributed to the rise of innovative new consumer products. Smartphones, tablets, and similar mobile devices require powerful processing capabilities to deliver everywhere computing. For wearable applications in particular, processing capability is one of the key selection criteria for a microcontroller. A system partitioning strategy can help determine which system functions are best integrated into the microcontroller and which can be handled externally. 

High-Performance Microcontrollers for Wearables 


With many smart, connected consumer products powered by small batteries, such as button or coin cell types, low power consumption and long battery life are in the spotlight. Simple, low-power monitoring circuits effectively assess the health and state-of-charge (SOC) of these batteries—without significantly affecting their SOC. Fuel gauge ICs with built-in security deliver precise measurements of current, voltage, and temperature. Efficient power management ICs (PMICs) provide multiple voltage rails along with battery management capabilities, helping to extend battery life in mobile applications. Safe, efficient battery chargers available in a small solution size support IoT devices that are powered by rechargeable, high energy density Li-ion batteries.

MAX8971 1.55A 1-Cell Li+ DC-DC Charger
MAX17055 7µA 1-Cell Fuel Gauge with ModelGauge m5 EZ
MAX17048 3µA 1-Cell/2-Cell Fuel Gauge with ModelGauge
MAX77650/MAX77651 Low IQ, Always-On PMIC
MAX77950 WPC/PMA Dual-Mode Wireless Power Receiver


Sensitive personal data collected and transmitted by consumer electronics systems needs to be protected from the security breaches that are becoming all too common. Our embedded security technologies protect against tampering, cloning, counterfeiting, and other malicious attacks. 

DS2465 DeepCover Secure Authenticator
DS2476 DeepCover Secure Coprocessor
DS28E15 DeepCover Secure Authenticator
DS28C36 DeepCover Secure Authenticator
MAXQ1061 DeepCover Cryptographic Controller for Embedded Devices

Also See:

Wearable Healthcare Platform Design Considerations
Dynamic Speaker Management
Audio CODECs
Speaker Amplifiers

Featured Products

Dual Input, Power Path, 3A Switching Mode Charger


High-performance companion PMIC with ModelGaugeTM m5 fuel gauge technology.

WPC/PMA Dual-Mode Wireless Power Receiver


Power receiver IC provides precision output current and voltage-sensing scheme over entire load range.

Ultra-Low-Power PMIC with 3-Output SIMO


PMIC features SIMO buck-boost regulator and a 150mA LDO.

7µA 1-Cell Fuel Gauge with ModelGauge m5 EZ


Low IQ fuel gauge for precision measurements of current, voltage, and temperature.

Secure Authenticator with SHA-256 Coprocessor


Secure authenticator features 1-Wire master with SHA-256 and memory functionality.]

Secure Authenticator with Elliptic-Curve Public-Key Authentication


Secure authenticator features true random number generator, secured EEPROM, and ROM ID

Secure Coprocessor with Elliptic-Curve Public-Key Authentication


Secure ECDSA and HMAC SHA-256 coprocessor companion to the DS28C36.

Secure Authenticator with 1-Wire SHA-256 and 512-Bit User EEPROM


Secure authenticator features factory-programmed, unique 64-bit ROM identification number.


Learn more about our Consumer Solutions, including relevant applications, featured products, and technical resources.


Wearable Galvanic Skin Response System
2:49 min
April 2016

ModelGauge Fuel Gauges
3:24 min
January 2013

Increase Battery Life and Efficiency with PMICs at Less Than Half the Size
3:35 min
June 2017

Fast, Accurate Battery Management System for Safer EVs Using the MAX17843
2:41 min
January 2018

Fundamentals of Battery Fuel Gauges
27:37 min
August 2018

Introduction to the MAX14745 and MAX20335 PMICs with Ultra Low IQ Voltage Regulators and Battery Charger for Small Lithium Ion Systems
9:32 min
August 2018

Introduction to the MAX14748 USB Type-C Charger
4:07 min
August 2017

Introduction to the MAX17262 5.2µA 1-Cell Fuel Gauge with ModelGauge m5 EZ and Internal Current Sensing
7:42 min
August 2018

Body Temperature Measurement: Send and Receive With Wearable NFC
2:00 min
November 2014

Pulse Oximetry Measurement: Wearable Oxygen Monitor for Active Lifestyles
2:06 min
November 2014

Wellness Watch: A Wearable Wellness Platform Example
2:25 min
November 2014

Fit Two Shirt: A Wearable Wellness Platform Example
2:08 min
November 2014

Heart Rate Monitor Demo
25:30 min
August 2016

Make High-Accuracy Biopotential and BioZ Measurements with MAX30001
3:52 min
November 2017

Introducing the MAX-ECG-MONITOR Wearable ECG and Heart Monitor
5:17 min
June 2018

Introducing the MAX-HEALTH-BAND Heart Rate and Activity Monitor
7:58 min
June 2018

Wristband Health Monitoring Demo with MAX86141
4:55 min
November 2017

Introducing the Health Sensor Platform 2.0 (MAXREFDES101)
2:45 min
September 2018

Introduction to the MAX20327 12V Capable, Low-RON, Beyond-the-Rails DPDT Analog Switches
2:36 min
September 2018

Introduction to the MAX20330A Precision HV Capable ID Detector
2:50 min
August 2018

Introduction to the MAX86140 Optical Pulse Oximeter and Heart-Rate Sensor
12:25 min
September 2017