Energy harvesting multi-protocol wireless connectivity module

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Telink and Nowi have used their ongoing partnership to launch an Energy Autonomous Wireless Connectivity Module.

The module is said to enable additional energy harvesting use-cases by further reducing bill of material size, cost and complexity.

The TLSR8273-M-EH module combines Telink’s multi-protocol connectivity SoC with Nowi’s energy harvesting PMIC and delivers a low-power wireless connectivity, energy autonomy and power management solution.

Because of the compact size of Nowi chipsets, the bill of material has been significantly reduced and with the need for far fewer external components (no inductors are required) and the integration of both energy harvesting and power management features, the overall assembly size has been greatly reduced, which makes for a more cost-effective and smaller module.

Consequently, by integrating many features - including connectivity, energy harvesting, power management and USB charging - into one complete solution, only one module is needed instead of several chips, making for far simpler purchasing and supply chain processes.

By removing the need for battery swaps, Telink’s Energy Harvesting Connectivity Module enables the creation of a more hassle-free product and Nowi’s power management solution addresses the problem of frequent battery swaps. According to a recent Qualtrics study, 89% of respondents would like an alternative to battery-powered TV remote controls, with a large majority calling for self-charging devices.

This solution has been designed to address the needs of TV ODMs and OEMs who are looking to cater for a generation of more environmentally conscious consumers who want more sustainable alternatives that reduce the need for polluting primary batteries.

With combined wireless connectivity and energy harvesting on a compact footprint, this module makes batteryless operations possible for a wide range of IoT applications.

Moreover, this module is compatible with Telink’s market-proven SDKs, making it easier for customers to upgrade their products.

One of the key applications for the module is TV remote controls that harvest energy from indoor lighting using a PV cell, so Telink has also provided a reference design based on this module for these types of remote-control products.

Samples of Telink’s new eco-friendly wireless connectivity module are now available.