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EnOcean, ROHM team on wireless energy harvesting technology

Posted: 16 Nov 2012     Print Version  Bookmark and Share

Keywords:energy  harvesting  wireless 

ROHM and EnOcean are forming a strategic partnership that combines ROHM's experience in wireless communication as well as low-power ICs and modules, together with EnOcean's energy harvesting wireless technology for the Japanese market. The move is also expected to strengthen the presence of EnOcean in the Asian region.

EnOcean modules collect the energy they need for wireless communication from the surrounding environment using motion, light or temperature differentials. This innovative principle of energy harvesting enables ultra-low power sensor networks to operate without cables and batteries. Being maintenance-free and highly flexible, EnOcean products are ideal for countless fields of application, including energy management, building and industry automation, smart home solutions or logistics monitoring. The EnOcean wireless protocol is standardised internationally as ISO/IEC 14543-3-10, the only standard for ultra-low power and energy harvesting wireless solutions.

Following the partnership with EnOcean and as a promoter of the EnOcean Alliance, ROHM will support further development of energy harvesting wireless technology as an international communication standard as well as strengthen marketing and sales of EnOcean modules on the Japanese market.

"EnOcean's battery less wireless and maintenance-free technology opens up new opportunities not only for building and home automation systems but also for the growing sensor network market in transportation, logistics and health care," said Hidemi Takasu, managing director, Research and Development Headquarters of ROHM. "ROHM will work closely with EnOcean and proceed in developing and enhancing battery less wireless sensor networks by providing our sensor technology and low-power consumption technology."

ROHM offers Large Scale Integration (LSI) systems, discrete components and module products, utilising the latest semiconductor technology. Its in-house production uses the most advanced automation technology keeping the products at the forefront of the electronic component manufacturing industry and enabling customised product development. The company's product portfolio offers a wide range of applications and solutions including products for wireless sensor networks and the energy harvesting market, for example, various types of sensors, low-power ICs such as non-volatile logic, modules and high efficiency dye-sensitised solar cells.

- Paul Buckley
  EE Times





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