Wireless technologies are pervasive, and the benefits and capabilities they bring to industry and society continue to spawn new communication-based applications. Companies planning to produce wireless products should be careful to evaluate the steps, risks, costs, and regulatory requirements involved to promote their success. Moreover, companies should seek the market research intelligence needed to validate the business viability of making the investment to develop a new product.
It is not an easy task to develop a short-range, low data rate and low power wireless application. Microchip has developed a way to handle the complex and difficult RF hardware and/or communication protocol stack software development, which allows wireless developers to focus on their own application development. Read More [pdf]
This article focuses on breaking down the primary modes in which microcontrollers consume energy by describing the critical parameters that must be considered in each of these modes, and by providing a holistic framework for developers to evaluate and compare microcontrollers in the context of specific applications.MORE [pdf]
With the increasing use of microcontrollers in all sorts of applications, low power has become a very important parameter when choosing microcontrollers. Today’s microcontroller designs are often battery or signal wire powered applications. Common for them all is the requirement of very low power consumption but with enough power to fill the specification of the product. This white paper will highlight some of the challenges of modern microcontroller design and how the new picoPower™ techniques used in the Atmel® AVR® microcontroller is addressing them. Read More [pdf]
Wireless sensors and remote controllers can operate without batteries if you use energy harvesting devices to harvest energy from the environment. However, if you use a microharvester, you must make tradeoffs between finding available energy and device energy consumption. This task is less difficult if you have a way to make power-related measurements that can accurately show the dynamic nature of low-power devices. This article explores what it takes to design low-power devices to use with microharvesters. Read More [pdf]
Bluetooth has long been one of those technologies we take for granted—it’s in all our wireless headsets and increasingly in hands-free audio in our cars. But until the emergence of Bluetooth Low Energy it had trouble breaking out of the ‘headset ghetto’ beyond migrating to wireless mice and keyboards. That’s now rapidly changing, thanks to the emergence of “Bluetooth Smart” and “Bluetooth Smart Ready” devices.