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Solar energy harvesting kit powers wireless sensor nets

Posted: 23 Jan 2009 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:energy harvesting? solar power? sensor wireless network?

As wireless network systems designers look to alternative energy sources, Texas Instruments Inc. rolls out a solar energy harvesting (SEH) development kit that converts ambient light into power for industrial, transportation, agricultural and commercial applications.

The credit card-sized eZ430-RF2500-SEH kit combines Cymbet Corp.'s EnerChip thin-film battery technology with TI's MSP430 MCUs, CC2500 RF transceivers and the eZ430-RF2500 development tool. Developers can now build self-powered solar-based wireless sensor networks, eliminating system batteries, which cost time and money to periodically replace, especially in remote locations.

The solar energy harvesting kit from TI is now sampling and is priced at $149.

- Ismini Scouras

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