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Powercast RF Receivers Add Power Management Capabilities to Interface Energy Harvesting With Microcontrollers

April 01, 2010 by Jeff Shepard

Powercast Corp. announced new versions of Powerharvester receivers in the P1000 and P2000 series. The P1110 Powerharvester receiver is designed for battery charging and supports user-configurable output voltages up to 4.2V. The P2110 Powerharvester receiver is designed for battery-free devices and supports user-configurable, regulated output voltages up to 5.25V.

Both components have capabilities and I/O to provide Received Signal Strength Indication (RSSI) as well as data which is included in a power broadcast. The P2110 also has I/O for interfacing to microcontrollers for more intelligent system control.

"Powercast is excited to be releasing these enhanced components for RF energy harvesting. The market for micro-power energy harvesting is growing and Powercast is uniquely positioned as a supplier of remote, wireless power technology for devices such as wireless sensors," said Harry Ostaffe, Director of Marketing and Business Development, Powercast. "We look forward to working with customers to enable their micro-power devices to have embedded, wireless power while minimizing or eliminating the cost and maintenance effort typically associated with replacing batteries."

The P1110 and P2110 components will be available in single and volume quantities through a global distributor soon to be announced.