Tiny energy-harvesting tile for IoT sensors outputs over 1-mW

September 13, 2019 //By Julien Happich
energy harvesting
A manufacturer of silicon-based thermoelectric products, Californian startup Matrix Industries has partnered with CMOS power management ICs manufacturer Torex Semiconductor to develop a novel energy-harvesting reference design for sensors.

The partnership will combine Matrix’ expertise in thermoelectric material sciences and thermal engineering with and Torex expertise in low power consumption and energy efficient power management technologies to deliver a tile-shaped energy-harvesting platform, measuring about 100- x 100- x 25-mm and capable of an average power output in excess of 1-mW, with peak outputs up to 8-mW.

Matrix and Torex provide a complete off the shelf reference for Watt Smart Farming and Industrial IoT applications, based on Matrix’s PowerTile Thermo-Electric-Generator (TEG) tied with the company’s Mercury energy harvesting chip IC and power management solutions from Torex.

The companies anticipate such power tiles will enable battery-less IoT sensor solutions.



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