Microchip Technology will hold their second annual Embedded Designers’ Forum (EDF) starting on October 19, 2010. The Embedded Designers’ Forum is a series of training events where hardware and software engineers can learn about technologies. Microchip will conduct over 100 live events worldwide. Attendees will receive discounts on a broad range of Microchip Development Tools. Attendees will also receive a coupon to attend one class of their choice at any of Microchip’s worldwide Regional Training Centers. A Virtual EDF will be available on demand. The Virtual EDF will include keynote addresses from Google PowerMeter and Energizer.
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.