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Toumaz secures patent for advanced mixed signal tech

Posted: 14 Dec 2007     Print Version  Bookmark and Share

Keywords:wireless  body monitoring  peak current 

Toumaz Technology Ltd., a provider of low power wireless infrastructure for body monitoring solutions, has announced that it has secured a patent in Australia for its AMx (Advanced Mixed Signal) technology—the technology behind Toumaz's Sensium platform.

To support its accelerating commercialisation and growth, Toumaz is gaining international patent protection for the core Sensium technology in the major global markets. The Sensium is enabling a new generation of low-cost, non-intrusive wireless vital signs monitors for healthcare and lifestyle markets.

The grant of this latest patent adds to the existing protection achieved in the UK and the US. Earlier this year, Toumaz announced an agreement with Healthe International—a leading health and wellness group operating in Australia and the Asia Pacific market—to develop Sensium-based applications for elite athlete training and optimisation of sports performance.

The Australian patent covers the core technology that enables the Sensium platform to operate using orders of magnitude lower power than previously required, enabling a dramatic reduction in battery size for portable devices. Apart from enabling real time data measurement and processing, AMx also offers designers greater efficiency, reduced complexity and reduced silicon area for many applications. The dramatic reduction in peak current allows new types of ultra small form factor/thin flexible batteries to be used—yielding months or years of operational life from a single battery.

"The protection of our proprietary core technology in the key markets across the world is fundamental as we move into this key phase of market development for Sensium-enabled products," commented Keith Errey, chief operating officer for Toumaz.

Toumaz's groundbreaking Sensium sensor interface and transceiver platform enables intelligent, real-time, ultra-low power wireless monitoring of multiple vital signs—such as ECG, heart rate, body temperature, respiration and physical activity—via standard handheld devices such as mobile phones.

The combination of ultra-low power wireless and signal processing in one small System-on-Chip, allows the economies of scale of the semiconductor industry to be harnessed to provide highly functional, robust, low cost, disposable and non-intrusive monitors for a wide range of healthcare and lifestyle management applications.

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