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Customizable Kit Enables Developers to Build and Test Solar Energy Harvesting Applications Without Designing Any Hardware

Tue, 07/20/2010 - 6:25am
CHANDLER, Ariz.--(BUSINESS WIRE) -- Microchip Technology Inc. today announced that it has partnered with Cymbet Corporation to provide the world’s first customizable energy harvesting application development kit - the XLP 16-bit Energy Harvesting Development Kit.

This kit includes a modular development board populated with the PIC24F16KA102 microcontroller — featuring eXtreme low power—and the capability to add PICtail™ daughter boards for the rapid evaluation of a wide variety of system functions, including ZigBee® and proprietary wireless connectivity, and SD memory cards.

The PIC® microcontroller’s eXtreme low power technology allows users to gain the longest possible operation from the included Cymbet EnerChip™ EH Eval-08 Energy Harvesting Board, which harvests solar energy that is then stored in the EnerChip solid-state, rechargeable energy-storage devices.

Power condition and capacity are monitored by energy-conscious software algorithms developed by Microchip and Cymbet. The monitored information can be reported to a PC user interface via a USB connection. Complete energy harvesting application firmware can be fully developed using the included PICkit™ 3 programmer/debugger.

Energy Harvesting is an emerging trend within the worldwide energy-efficiency movement. It enables designers to extend the life of their battery-powered applications, or eliminate batteries altogether, by scavenging energy from sources such as the sun or ambient indoor light.

The XLP 16-bit Energy Harvesting Kit provides a customizable development platform for designers to build and test their solar energy harvesting applications, without having to design any hardware. Example applications for this technology include portable consumer electronics, remote sensor networks, utility meters and portable medical devices.


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