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World's First RF Energy Harvesting Kit, Perhaps

World's First RF Energy Harvesting Kit, Perhaps

The company describes its Lifetime Power Energy Harvesting Development Kit for Wireless Sensors as the world’s first RF energy harvesting kit, enabling battery-free, perpetually-powered wireless applications. Featuring PIC microcontrollers with eXtreme Low Power (XLP) Technology, the kit is composed of a 3W Powercaster transmitter as the power source, two P2110 Powerharvester receiver evaluation boards, two custom-designed wireless sensor boards, the XLP 16-bit development board pre-loaded with jointly developed application software, an IEEE 802.15.4 transceiver, and a complement of accessories. The transmitter can wirelessly power sensor devices from more than 40 feet away and broadcasts RF energy to the Powerharvester receiver, which then converts the RF energy and presents it as a regulated power supply to a PIC24F microcontroller. Pricing for the Lifetime Power Energy Harvesting Development Kit for Wireless Sensors is $1,250. MICROCHIP TECHNOLOGY INC., Chandler, AZ. (888) 628-6247.

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