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TI unveils solar energy harvesting kit

Posted: 22 Jan 2009     Print Version  Bookmark and Share

Keywords:wireless network  solar energy harvesting  ambient light 

As wireless network systems designers look to alternative energy sources, Texas Instruments Inc. has introduced 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 microcontrollers (MCU), 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.

Samples of the SEH development kit are available now at Rs.7,455.42 ($149).

-Ismini Scouras

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