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.
More information: Microchip XLP 16-bit Energy Harvesting Development Kit