Cymbet claims first universal energy harvesting PM unit

cymbetenerchipElk River, Minn. — Cymbet Corp. has launched the EnerChip energy processor, a universal energy harvesting power management unit for ultra-low-power energy harvesting-based systems. The EnerChip EP CBC915 is claimed to be the first device to work universally across all energy harvesting transducer technologies including photovoltaic, thermoelectric, piezoelectric and electromagnetic.

The EnerChip EP uses advanced Maximum Peak Power Tracking technology that constantly matches any energy harvesting transducer input impedance. It is designed to provide optimal power management for EnerChip CBC050 rechargeable energy storage devices.

Cymbet describes the chip as the first true end-to-end system-level approach to implementing energy harvesting-based designs. The EnerChip EP provides user selectable modes and communicates with microcontrollers to create “energy aware” products.

Although using “free” ambient energy in ultra-low power systems is a very complex design challenge, the EnerChip EP solves the challenge by implementing an intelligent integrated approach to energy harvesting power management, said Cymbet. When coupled with EnerChip rechargeable energy storage devices, this combined solution becomes a key enabler for “zero power” devices.

Availability: The EnerChip EP CBC915-ACA is available now.