Movano Develops a Custom RF Sensor for Non-invasive Continuous Glucose Monitor

Movano Inc., a health-focused technology company developing non-invasive solutions to enhance the quality of life for people affected by chronic health conditions, announced a strategic collaboration with GLOBALFOUNDRIES (GF) to advance the commercialization of Movano’s wearable, non-invasive continuous glucose monitor (CGM), which is currently in development. The announcement was made at GF’s annual Global Technology Conference (GTC). Movano’s novel approach to glucose monitoring is based on its patent-pending radio frequency (RF) sensor platform, which is built on GF’s 22FDX (22nm FD-SOI) solution, to enable the creation of high performance and small form-factor sensors that are low-power and cost-effectively manufactured at scale.

The custom RF Sensor enables the tracking of glucose levels non-invasively, continuously and in real-time. Combining the sensors with their novel skin antennas and proprietary algorithms allows them to improve upon cost, accuracy, and size.

Michael Leabman, Founder and CEO of Movano feels the last few months have spurred a growing need for technology that supports virtual care to keep people with chronic conditions healthy and out of doctors’ offices and hospitals. CGM is for people with diabetes and prediabetes, they need to significantly bring down the costs and make CGMs much more appealing for people to use and wear. He also feels building the CGM on GLOBALFOUNDRIES’ 22FDX platform will allow them to have a cost-effective and scalable production ensuring that the performance and power efficiency remains at the top.

Movano’s non-invasive CGM is made up of ultra-wideband multi-antenna RF technology, machine learning, and the cloud. Technology embedded in the wearable device leverages the best-in-class performance, power consumption, and broad feature integration capability of GF’s differentiated 22FDX platform, which is the solution of choice for designers and innovators working in the Internet of Things (IoT), 5G mmWave, Edge AI, and other applications. GF’s 22FDX solutions, including the RF sensor for Movano’s CGM, are manufactured on GF’s state-of-the-art 300mm production line at Fab 1 in Dresden, Germany.