Microchip XLP 16-bit Energy Harvesting Development Kit

Microchip Technology and Cymbet teamed to create the customizable XLP 16-bit Energy Harvesting Development Kit. The energy harvesting kit includes a modular development board with the PIC24F16KA102 microcontroller. The included Cymbet EnerChip EH Eval-08 Energy Harvesting Board harvests solar energy that is then stored in the EnerChip solid-state, rechargeable energy-storage devices. PICtail daughter boards can be added for the rapid evaluation of a wide variety of system functions, including ZigBee and proprietary wireless connectivity, and SD memory cards. The XLP 16-bit Energy Harvesting Kit (part # DV164133) is available today for $195.

XLP 16-bit Energy Harvesting Development Kit Overview

  • Solar Energy Harvester with EnerChip storage devices providing backup power
  • Temperature sensors, EEPROM, potentiometer, capacitive sensors, buttons, LEDs, USB, and low power oscillator
  • Expansion connector for development with PICtails such as RF
  • Prototyping area for adding additional sensors and circuits
  • PICkit 3 Programmer/Debugger for application software development
  • PIC24F eXtreme Low Power MCU with 20nA sleep currents

XLP 16-bit Energy Harvesting Development Kit Contents

  • Cymbet Eval-08 Solar Energy Harvesting Board and Cable
  • XLP 16-bit Development Board
  • PIC24F16KA102 Microcontroller
  • PICkit 3 Programmer/Debugger
  • USB Cables
  • XLP 16-bit Energy Harvesting Development Kit user guide

Power condition and capacity are monitored by energy conscious software algorithms developed by Microchip and Cymbet. The monitored information can be reported to a PC user interface via a USB connection. Complete energy harvesting application firmware can be fully developed using the included PICkit 3 programmer/debugger.

Energy harvesting enables designers to extend the life of their battery-powered applications, or eliminate batteries altogether, by scavenging energy from sources such as the sun or ambient indoor light. The XLP 16-bit Energy Harvesting Kit provides a customizable development platform for designers to build and test solar energy harvesting applications, without having to design any hardware.

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