Bluetooth Smart Radio Boasts Ultra-Low Power Consumption
A new ultra-low-power Bluetooth Smart radio from Imec and Holst Centre consumes less than one fifth the power of current competitive products. The radio is well suited for ultra-low-power devices and sensors that will enable myriad devices to connect to the Internet of Things. (Source: Imec)
When are we going to see Bluetooth devices powering themselves with integrated piezoelectric or MEMS technology? There have been so many breakthroughs in those areas, yet we still haven't applied their functionality.
I suspect that are countless clever Internet-of-Things ideas that can't be brought to fruition today, largely because of power budget issues. The more the chip manufacturers drive down the power consumption of their devices, the more these clever ideas can come to life.
I agree. Energy Harvesting tech would definitely be a nice match up with this wireless radio product because of the low voltage dc supply requirements to operate it. I also found the tech name change of Bluetooth Low Energy to Bluetooth Smart to be interesting as well. Wondering why the name change?
Very interesting article. Yes, IoT is definitely a good space to explore applications using Imecs Blue Smart products because of small size and power consumption. Just wonderng about the piece cost of this product as well as availability: any word from Imec regarding these two items?
Nice story. As we've pointed out many times, low power is the key to many new applications that don't have the space or budget for a large (or even small) battery. This will undoubtedly be an ingredient for a lot of new IOT applications.
Low-power sensors like these are driving the development of the Internet of Things, in which myriad things--devices, appliances and even household items--will be connected wirelessly and can communicate with each other or be remotely controlled. Low power is the way forward, as for these sensors to be always on they need to have infinite power supplies. Energy harvesting also has been eyed as a way to power them.
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