MIT develops tri-source energy harvest control IC
July 12, 2012 // Peter Clarke
Researchers at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) have developed the control circuitry for an energy harvesting platform that can work with natural light, heat and vibrations.
The ability to combine solar, thermal and vibration energy sources is useful because many of these sources are intermittent and therefore a multisource architecture is able to capture and deliver power under a wider circumstances. However, the energy levels and optimization and control strategies are also diverse. According to MIT thermoelectric harvest sources typically produce only 0.02 to 0.15 volts, while photovoltaic cells generate 0.2 to 0.7 volts while vibration sources can produce up to 5 volts.
Up until now the simplest and commonest strategy has been simply to switch between the highest energy generation source, but wasting the energy input from other sources.
Co-ordinating the energy sources in real-time to produce a constant usable output requires a specialized control system which has been designed in a chip developed by doctoral student Saurav Bandyopadhyay, under MIT professor Anantha Chandrakasan, is described in a paper published in the IEEE Journal of Solid-State Circuits.
It has a dual-path architecture allowing energy to be used directly or to be stored and the switch matrix and the control circuits are implemented in a 0.35-micron CMOS process.
Lemoptix pico-projector excels
September 17, 2014
The microelectromechanical system (MEMS) market for pico-projectors is heating up with the entry of Lemoptix SA.
Building ARM-based Bluetooth-enabled wearables
Asia-Pacific IC usage domination growing
Webinar: Insight into the WiFi-offload technology and lab testing
Belgium spin-off takes photonic IC design to the mainstream
Tablets to provide growth over flat PC market
September 16, 2014
The market for conventional desktop and notebook computers has peaked according to market research firm IC Insights but tablet ...
Android One debuts in India, ignites next 5 billion battle
ZF swallows TRW Automotive
Is rapid charging batteries really so damaging?
- Flexible and Low Power Driving of Solenoid Coils
- How to Protect & Monetize Android Apps
- Power Modules: The New Super Power
- Flexible Performance for Network Security Appliances
InterviewCEO interview: AMS' Laney on driving a sensor-driven business
Kirk Laney, CEO of Austrian mixed-signal chip and sensor company AMS, wants to leverage the opportunity that technology affords to create new markets for sensors and sensor interfaces.
Filter WizardCheck out the Filter Wizard Series of articles by Filter Guru Kendall Castor-Perry which provide invaluable practical Analog Design guidelines.
Linear video channel
READER OFFERRead more
This month, Trinamic Motion Control is offering you to win one of four TMCM-1043 development kits for its highly integrated, NEMA 17-compatible TMCM-1043 stepDancer stepper motor module.
Offering designers an easy-to-use PC-based GUI that allows one-click modification of motor drive current, micro-stepping and other key parameters, the intuitive kits are custom designed and developed for...MORE INFO AND LAST MONTH' WINNERS...
December 15, 2011 | Texas instruments | 222901974
Unique Ser/Des technology supports encrypted video and audio content with full duplex bi-directional control channel over a single wire interface.