New Possibilities for Low-Power Electronics

New Possibilities for Low-Power Electronics

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By Wisse Hettinga

Epishine and Atmosic have combined forces to create an ultra-thin self-powered beacon

Epishine and Atmosic have combined forces to create an ultra-thin self-powered beacon. Both parties produce components for energy harvesting. Atmosic Technologies has designed ultra-low power wireless solutions to dramatically reduce the power consumption of connected devices. When Atmosic’s ATM3 Bluetooth system-on-chips (SoCs) are combined with Epishine’s indoor solar cell, the beacon can harvest enough energy to operate without any batteries. This will significantly reduce battery waste and will help drive a greener, more sustainable, and battery-free Internet of Things. With the added benefit of a substantially lowered TCO. 

Atmosic and Epishine’s partnership demonstrates the possibility for electronics companies to design self-powered devices from IoT sensors and retail solutions (like electronic shelf labels) to consumer electronics. The field of energy harvesting is growing fast and partnerships like this prove that energy harvesting is the future.   

“Atmosic’s ultra-low-power technology combined with our solar cell’s high performance really shows that there is already a solution for the IoT market’s deployment of billions of sensors. Previous issues regarding sustainability and cost of operating IoT devices on batteries have their solution right here” says Niklas Forsgren, Head of Product Integration at Epishine.   

Epishine’s high-performance, reliable indoor solar cell is produced in an innovative roll-to-roll process in Sweden. The solar cell is thin and flexible, enabling easy integration with different applications. Helping companies to make IoT devices self-powered is a major focus for Epishine given the company’s strong environmental focus and the massive potential for sustainability in buildings. With beacons and other connected devices that don’t rely on disposable batteries, buildings can increase their operational efficiency and lower CO2 emissions. Since buildings are responsible for 40% of all CO2 emissions globally, partnerships like this are crucial to reducing that number. 

“As sustainability becomes a bigger focus for companies across the globe, we’re seeing a huge demand for energy harvesting solutions that help eliminate battery waste,” says Paul Davis, VP of Product Management at Atmosic Technologies. “By partnering with Epishine, we’re providing our customers with options to reduce the carbon footprint of their self-powered connected devices.”  

Atmosic’s ultra-low power solutions are ideal for a wide range of connected devices, including asset trackers, beacons, remote controls, keyboards, mice, and wearables.  

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