ActLight Announces Heart Rate Sensing Project in Cooperation With Leading Semiconductor Company

LAUSANNE, Switzerland, Nov. 9, 2016 /CNW/ - ActLight, a Swiss photonics technology firm known for its breakthrough Dynamic Photo Diodes (DPD), announced a project of next generation sensors for low energy heart rate sensing for wearable devices in co-operation with ON Semiconductor.

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"The healthcare industry is becoming more reliant on new methods to monitor and treat patients. This - along with an increased interest in fitness and wellness - has necessitated more affordable, precise, wearable sensing options," commented Jakob Nielsen, Senior Manager Consumer Health Product Line at ON Semiconductor. "Today's smartwatches and wearables fall short of meeting customer requirements when it comes to heart rate measurement precision and application battery lifetime. Working with ActLight we will help to bring next generation heart rate sensors to the market that will address these requirements and deliver a full sensing solution for integration in a multitude of MedTech and consumer electronics applications."

"Our technology offers unique competitive advantages to our partners when compared to existing Photo Diodes used in wearable heart rate solutions," stated Serguei Okhonin, PhD, CEO of ActLight. "These include lower power consumption, simplified electronics [with a] smaller footprint, making it perfectly suited for miniaturized wearable devices. We are happy to see the support from ON Semiconductor and them sharing the potential of our technology in the area of heart rate sensing," Mr. Okhonin continued.


ActLight ( ) focuses on the field of CMOS photonics by developing a new type of photodetector, known as Dynamic Photo Diodes (DPD). A fabless company, ActLight licenses its DPD Intellectual Property (IP) and provides design and technical support services to its customers. ActLight is listed among EE Times Silicon 60 and is the winner of Red Herring Europe's Top 100 Award.


For further information: about ActLight, please contact: Serguei Okhonin, e-mail:, Phone: +41-79-6730262

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