Implementing Low Power, Wireless Sensor Nodes via Energy Harvesting Power Management Techniques (Energy Harvesting and Storage USA 2011)

Mr Mike Rebane, Field Applications Engineer
Arrow Electronics
United States
Mr Brian Shaffer, Applications Manager
Linear Technology
United States
Ross Bannatyne, MCU Marketing Manager
Silicon Labs
United States


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Presentation Summary

  • There are compelling reasons to use energy harvesting technology to displace conventional batteries and/or eliminate the need for wiring
  • Replacing batteries in large wireless networked systems can be inconvenient to replace and unreliable in certain conditions
  • A new proof-of-concept reference design addresses wireless sensor node challenges by measuring temperature, light and charge levels while sending data via a wireless USB dongle
  • Featured technologies include an ultra-low power Wireless MCU and wireless RF ICs from Silicon Labs, power management system from Linear Technology, micro-energy cell from IPS and a solar panel for harvesting energy

Speaker Biography (Brian Shaffer)

Brian Shaffer is an Applications Manager at Linear Technology's Boston Design Center. Brian joined Linear Technology in 2006. Brian leads a team focused on general purpose DC/DC converters, charge pumps, battery chargers, portable power management, energy harvesting, battery cell balancing and super capacitor charging. Prior to joining Linear Technology, Brian worked as a power supply design engineer, a field applications engineer and a systems engineer at various companies. He received a BSEE from Merrimack College and a MSEE degree from Northeastern University.

Speaker Biography (Ross Bannatyne)

Ross Bannatyne serves as an MCU marketing manager for Silicon Laboratories' Embedded Mixed-Signal division. Prior to joining Silicon Laboratories, Mr. Bannatyne spent 12 years at Motorola where he served in systems engineering and marketing positions. Most recently, he served as channel market segment manager for Motorola's Semiconductor Products Sector (now Freescale Semiconductor) where he managed the Americas region 8- and 16-bit microcontroller business. Mr. Bannatyne is the author of numerous technical articles as well as two textbooks: Using Microprocessors and Microcomputers (Prentice-Hall) and Electronic Control Systems (SAE). Mr. Bannatyne holds a master's degree in business administration from the University of Texas at Austin and a bachelor's degree in electrical engineering with honors from the University of Edinburgh in Scotland.

Company Profile (Arrow Electronics)

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Arrow Electronics is a global provider of products, services and solutions to industrial and commercial users of electronic components and enterprise computing solutions, with 2012 sales of $20.4 billion. Arrow serves as a supply channel partner for over 100,000 original equipment manufacturers, contract manufacturers and commercial customers through a global network of more than 470 locations in 55 countries. A Fortune 150 company with 16,500 employees worldwide, Arrow brings technology solutions to a breadth of markets, including telecommunications, information systems, transportation, medical, industrial and consumer electronics.
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Company Profile (Linear Technology Corporation)

Linear Technology Corporation has been acquired by Analog Devices, Inc. Please refer to Analog Devices booth P27.
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Company Profile (Silicon Labs)

Silicon Laboratories is an industry leader in the innovation of high-performance, analog-intensive, mixed-signal ICs. Mixed-signal ICs enable the analog world we live in to interact with the digital world of computing in customer products like set-top boxes, televisions, and cell phones. Silicon Labs' diverse portfolio of highly-integrated, easy-to-use solutions is designed in CMOS, enabling significant integration advantages without sacrificing performance.
Headquartered in Austin, TX, Silicon Labs is a global enterprise with operations, sales and design activities worldwide. Founded in 1996 on the principles of constant innovation and solid execution, Silicon Labs' strong business fundamentals and proven track record have resulted in sustained growth throughout the company's history.
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