Digi-Key and Microchip Technology will host a free virtual event on Tuesday, November 2, from 7 am to 3 pm PST. The Virtual Embedded Designers Forum is a live, one-day online event for software and hardware engineers looking to monitor, measure, control, display, convert or use energy more efficiently using the latest technologies and products to help design Smart Energy products. The Virtual Embedded Designer’s Forum (EDF) features twelve presentations (including keynote presentations from Energizer and Google PowerMeter), interactive chats, and a virtual exhibit hall where attendees will gain access to a comprehensive collection of educational materials and resources.
Microchip Technology unveiled a reference design for a fully digitally controlled Grid-Connected Solar Micro Inverter. The reference design connects to any standard solar panel and converts the panel’s DC output into AC power, which can then be fed into the public power grid. In a real-world application, multiple units can be connected together to achieve the desired power output. The free reference design includes complete documentation, software, schematics and application note.
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.
Microchip Technology and Google teamed on a reference implementation of the Google PowerMeter API for embedded developers. Embedded designers can use the reference implementation to create products for the measurement and monitoring of energy usage with Microchip’s 16- and 32-bit PIC microcontrollers, energy-measurement ICs, Ethernet controllers, and radios for ZigBee and embedded Wi-Fi wireless networking.