Combined evaluation/dev kits from Cymbet and TI enable energy harvesting experimentation -

Combined evaluation/dev kits from Cymbet and TI enable energy harvesting experimentation

Cymbet Corporation has announced that their EnerChip solid state battery energy harvesting (EH) evaluation kits now support Texas Instruments Incorporated's MSP430 Value Line LaunchPad development kit. The combination of a Cymbet EH kit and TI LaunchPad enables designers to experiment with energy harvesting technology and applications for as little as $55.00.

Ambient energy can be harvested from light, motion, vibration, heat, electromagnetic and RF sources by the Cymbet EnerChip EH kits that power LaunchPad. Cymbet also is supplying an open source temperature data logging application for LaunchPad.

Cymbet’s EVAL-09 EnerChip EP Universal EH kit, EVAL-10 EnerChip CC Solar EH kit, EVAL-11 EnerChip CC RF Induction Charging kit, and the TI LaunchPad development kit are available now at Avnet, Digi-Key and Mouser. The TI LaunchPad development kit is part of the MSP430 Value Line series and is an easy-to-use development tool intended for beginners and experienced users alike for creating microcontroller-based applications. LaunchPad allows various MSP430 Value Line devices to be used and an on-board flash emulation tool allows direct interface to a PC for easy programming, debugging and evaluation. Included are free and downloadable software development environments for writing and debugging software. For more information about TI’s LaunchPad development kit, please visit

Creating Zero Power Devices
The EVAL-09, EVAL-10 and EVAL-11 kits were created to enable designers to build zero power-based devices using different types of energy harvesting. Target applications include autonomous wireless sensors, data loggers, smart patches, micro actuators and process controls. Cymbet and TI kit combination information, including Application Note AN-1050 “Using the EnerChip Energy Harvesters with the TI LaunchPad”, can be found at

Visit Cymbet at Sensors Expo Booth 517 for Energy Harvesting Demos at booth 517 at Sensors Expo 2011 at the Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont, IL, June 7-8 . Cymbet will demonstrate ambient energy harvesting-based wireless sensor nodes using solar, piezoelectric, thermoelectric and electromagnetic transducers. The Cymbet EnerChip EH kits give designers the ability to create “Energy Aware” solutions. By providing optimal operation of all power chain facets—power collection, power conversion, energy storage, and power management—the EnerChip Eval kits enable a new class of energy harvesting-based systems that address rapidly growing markets.

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