Single-Lead Heart Rate Monitor Analog Front End

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Product Details

The AD8232 is an integrated signal conditioning block for ECG and other biopotential measurement applications. It is designed to extract, amplify, and filter small biopotential signals in the presence of noisy conditions, such as those created by motion or remote electrode placement. This design allows for an ultralow power analog-to-digital converter (ADC) or an embedded microcontroller to acquire the output signal easily.

The AD8232 can implement a two-pole high-pass filter for eliminating motion artifacts and the electrode half-cell potential. This filter is tightly coupled with the instrumentation architec-ture of the amplifier to allow both large gain and high-pass filtering in a single stage, thereby saving space and cost.

An uncommitted operational amplifier enables the AD8232 to create a three-pole low-pass filter to remove additional noise. The user can select the frequency cutoff of all filters to suit different types of applications.

To improve common-mode rejection of the line frequencies in the system and other undesired interferences, the AD8232 includes an amplifier for driven lead applications, such as right leg drive (RLD).

The AD8232 includes a fast restore function that reduces the duration of otherwise long settling tails of the high-pass filters. After an abrupt signal change that rails the amplifier (such as a leads off condition), the AD8232 automatically adjusts to a higher filter cutoff. This feature allows the AD8232 to recover quickly, and therefore, to take valid measurements soon after connecting the electrodes to the subject.

The AD8232 is available in a 4 mm × 4 mm, 20-lead LFCSP package. Performance is specified from 0°C to 70°C and is operational from −40°C to +85°C.


  • Fitness and Activity Heart Rate Monitoring
  • Portable ECG
  • Remote health monitors
  • Gaming peripherals
  • Biopotential signal acquisition

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The AD8232-EVALZ evaluation board contains an AD8232 heart rate monitor front end conveniently mounted with the necessary components for initial evaluation in fitness applications. Reference AD8232 data sheet and UG-514 for details. 

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Recommended Accelerometer

  • For ultralow power, low noise and patient motion detection , we recommend the ADXL362 .

Recommended Analog to Digital Converter

  • For a low power, precision, dual sigma-delta converter , we recommend the ADUCM360 or the AD7091 .

Recommended Linear Regulator

  • For ultralow noise, low power, low dropout , we recommend the ADP150 .

Recommended Power Solutions

  • For selecting voltage regulator products, use ADIsimPower.

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