SkyWater to make temperature sensor for Covid-19 patch

May 26, 2020 // By Peter Clarke
SkyWater to make temperature sensor for Covid-19 patch
Specialist foundry SkyWater Technology Inc. (Bloomington, Minnesota) is going into production with a temperature sensor chip for use in a smartphone-enabled patch.

The patch can be used to detect early-stage symptoms of Covid-19.

SkyWater is working with developer Linear ASICs Inc. (Tallmadge, Ohio), a fabless analog and mixed-signal semiconductor company and investment firm Asymmetric Return Capital.

The patch is worn like a band-aid, paired wirelessly to a mobile device such as a smartphone where it records body temperature.

The health monitor is being developed through additional partnerships with SensiML, a subsidiary of QuickLogic and Upward Health, an in-home and virtual care service provider.

A 130nm mixed-signal ASIC process is being used for the temperature sensor.

"Our Technology Foundry business model enables us to provide volume manufacturing with IP security in a flexible and agile environment which facilitates rapid time to market and minimizes supply chain disruption risks by offering a domestic sourcing option," said Thomas Sonderman, SkyWater president, in a statement.

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