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   Date: 20th July 2010

Microchip and Cymbet jointly develop energy harvesting development kit

Microchip and Cymbet Corporation have co-developed the XLP 16-bit Energy Harvesting Development Kit for customizable energy harvesting application. This kit includes a modular development board populated with the PIC24F16KA102 MCU using eXtreme low power technology and the capability to add PICtail daughter boards for the rapid evaluation of a 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 stored in the EnerChip solid-state, rechargeable energy-storage devices.

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

Energy Harvesting 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. This kit provides a customizable development platform for designers to build and test their solar energy harvesting applications, without having to design any hardware.

"Until now, energy harvesting kits were limited to demonstration," said Mitch Obolsky, vice president of Microchip's Advanced Microcontroller Architecture Division. "This new kit offers true application development capability, and pairs Microchip's industry-leading eXtreme Low Power PIC microcontrollers with Cymbet's innovative energy harvesting technology, for the longest and most efficient solar-power operation."

Price: The XLP 16-bit Energy Harvesting Kit is priced at US$195

Availability: Now

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