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Energy harvesting development kit

18 August 2010 Power Electronics / Power Management

Microchip Technology has partnered with Cymbet to provide the customisable XLP 16-bit energy harvesting development kit. The kit includes a modular development board populated with the PIC24F16KA102 microcontroller and the capability to add PICtail daughter boards for the evaluation of a wide variety of system functions, including ZigBee and proprietary wireless connectivity, as well as SD memory cards. The PIC microcontroller’s eXtreme Low Power (XLP) technology allows users to obtain extended 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. Example applications for this technology include portable consumer electronics, remote sensor networks, utility meters and portable medical devices.



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