Nowi launches chip with extended energy harvesting capabilities

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Nowi, the Dutch semiconductor company that specialises in energy harvesting and power management, has announced the latest addition to its PMIC portfolio with Diatom.

Known for having developed one of the smallest and most cost-effective energy harvesting PMICs on the market, Nowi’s new chipset offers a range of brand-new features.

With an ultra-compact size of 4x4mm, the Diatom (NH16D3045) is a high-performing energy harvesting PMIC, which has a wide power input range from microwatts to milliwatts and an innovative ultra-fast MPPT that enables much greater harvesting efficiency.

The chip has been designed to extract the power output of a wide range of energy harvesters to charge a variety of energy storage elements such as rechargeable batteries or supercapacitors. Its cold start feature enables battery-less applications, which helps companies reduce their maintenance cost resulting from battery maintenance, while offering their customers a more sustainable and easier to use option.

Diatom has been designed to address the needs of customers catering for increased integration in order to lower implementation cost, size and complexity whilst improving performance. It combines integrated energy harvesting and power management into one single product to serve as a complete power offering, boasting features such as regulated output, over-voltage protection and USB charging.

Simon van der Jagt, CEO at Nowi, said, “Diatom’s inductorless design and integrated power management functionalities enable customers to further reduce the implementation cost and area required to achieve top performance. We are very proud of this new product and look forward to the new customer designs it will make possible”.

Diatom enables power autonomy in a variety of low-power applications from the smart home to 4.0 industry/retail such as IoT devices, ESLs, to smart wearables such as smart bands, glasses, and consumer electronics like remote controls, tags.

Diatom powers devices with clean ambient energy and this addition to the company’s PMIC portfolio further simplifies the design process and lowers the threshold for any company to develop energy autonomous products.