Apple Looks to Develop Custom Health Chips

Apple Looks to Develop Custom Health Chips

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Apple is looking to develop custom chips that could better interpret health data coming from sensors inside its devices, according to a CNBC report.

The site points to a job listing last month from Apple's Health Sensing hardware team.

"We are looking for sensor ASIC architects to help develop ASICs for new sensors and sensing systems for future Apple products. We have openings for analog as well as digital ASIC architects."

Another posting on August 1st said that the team wants an engineering who can "help develop health, wellness, and fitness sensors" and in June a job listing showed the team was looking to continue working with optical sensors.

Currently, the Apple Watch uses optical sensors to measure heart rate. It's believed that future generation Apple Watch models will build on this capability, perhaps gaining an EKG heart rate monitor. It's also been rumored that Apple has a secret group of biomedical engineers working on a reliable way to continuously and non-invasively monitor blood-sugar. That would be a huge breakthrough for millions with diabetes.

"I could see one day in the future an optical sensing technology could be used to non-invasively measure glucose, and what a benefit in comparison to pin-sticking technologies that we have today that require a physical amount of blood to be measured," said Anil Sethi, a former director in Apple's health records group who now runs Ciitizen.

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Apple Looks to Develop Custom Health Chips