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Blood glucose meters are used to determine the concentration of glucose in a patient's blood. Glucose concentration is an important quantity for the management of diabetes. Key differentiators of our blood glucose meter solutions include ease of use, convenient size and low power consumption.

System Diagram

We Have What Glucose Meter Designers Need

  • Lowest-power (sleep currents down to 9 nA, run current down to 30 µA/MHz) PIC® microcontrollers (MCUs) enable long battery life designs
  • Sleep mode flexibility: RAM retention, fast wake up and flexible wake up sources
  • Analog components, such as low-offset/low-noise op amps and high-resolution Analog-to-Digital Converters (ADCs) can be used for amplification, conditioning and conversion of the test strip socket output
  • Cost-efficient, highly integrated PIC MCUs that can lower the BOM cost of glucose meter designs with integrated features such as analog signal conditioning, LCD control and mTouch® technololgy input sensing
  • Other peripherals integrated into our MCUs include:
    • A Charge Time Measurement Unit (CTMU) that can provide a constant current source with a range from 0.55 µA to 550 µA
    • Real-Time Clock/Calendars (RTCCs) with functions for timekeeping, alarms and calendar applications; these devices offer highly configurable alarms and have the ability to wake up external devices without CPU intervention



Examples – Microcontrollers with:
Integrated op amps, ADCs, LCD, touch channels, Core Independent Peripherals and eXtreme Low Power (XLP)/picoPower® technology

Signal Conditioning and Power Management

Examples – Op amps, instrumentation amplifiers, battery management, switching regulators and Low-Dropout (LDO) regulators


Examples – Bluetooth®, Bluetooth Low Energy and Wi-Fi®

Other Products

Examples – Memory, USB, Ethernet, data and video transceivers

Application Notes

Title Download
AN682 - Using Single Supply Operational Amplifiers in Embedded Systems Download
AN1416 - Low-Power Design Guide Download
AN1375 - See What You Can Do with CTMU Download
AN1428 - LCD Biasing and Contrast Control Methods Download
AN990 - Analog Sensor Conditioning Circuits - An Overview Download

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