E-peas has added an antenna solution to its expanding product portfolio aimed at providing a complete set of all the essential components required for RF energy harvesting. The antenna will complement the company’s established series energy harvesting dedicated power management ICs (AEM family), says E-peas.
E-peas says its energy harvesting antenna is 10 times smaller than a standard off-the-shelf component, providing more space for IoT system designs. It has been developed in conjunction with technology experts at Ignion, and is well suited to a wide variety of industrial applications including building automation, smart metering, asset tracking and other logistics applications.
The same antenna can be used for any band and for any device form factor with a proper matching network design. Through use of this antenna, it will be possible to harvest energy at all frequencies within the 0.4GHz to 10.6GHz range. Integrated alongside the AEM30940, AEM30330 or AEM30300 radio frequency ambient energy managers (AEMs) it has the ability to capture energy from a distance of up to 17 meters when using a 1W source and achieves an energy capturing range of 31 meters when using a 3W source. Energy can be captured from any direction, as the antenna is orientation independent.
The E-peas’ antenna will be added to the company’s evaluation kits—allowing engineers to experiment with all the key elements on an intuitive platform, before ordering them in bundle pack with their AEMs. The antenna is fully optimized for pick-and-place manufacturing automation assembly, making it easy to install into all devices and keeping production cost down.
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