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A low-voltage low-power signal processing chip for electrocardiogram measurements has been designed and manufactured. The circuit includes a continuous time, offset-compensated preamplifier with an amplification of 40 dB, an eighth-order Butterworth switched-opamp switched-capacitor (SO-SC) filter with a passband of 8-30 Hz, a 32-kHz crystal oscillator, an SO-SC postamplifier, and a bias circuit. The whole circuit operates with supply voltages from 1.0 to 1.8 V and the measured average current consumption is only about 3 μA. The circuit is therefore very suitable for portable applications such as heart rate detectors.