September 1, 2022
Amsterdam-based Telink and Nowi have announced reinforcing their existing partnership by launching an Energy Autonomous Wireless Connectivity Module, which enables additional energy harvesting use cases by further reducing bill of material (BOM) size, cost and complexity.
The new TLSR8273-M-EH combines Telink’s multi-protocol connectivity system-on-chip (SoC) with Nowi’s energy-harvesting power management integrated circuit (PMIC). The companies said that by providing low-power wireless connectivity, energy autonomy and power management in one module, it creates a complete solution that allows developers to:
- Reduce BOM and size, due to the compact size and unique design of Nowi chipsets, which reduces the bill of material. With a minimum need for external components (no inductors required), and the integration of energy harvesting and power management features, the assembly size is also greatly reduced, making for a more cost-effective and smaller module.
- Reduce supply chain complexity, by integrating many features – including connectivity, energy harvesting, power management and USB charging – into one complete solution, only one module is needed instead of several chips. This makes for simpler purchasing and supply chain processes, the companies said.
- Improve user-friendliness: By removing the need for battery swaps, the module enables the creation of hassle-free products. Nowi said its power management solutions answer the needs of a market that is frustrated by frequent battery swaps. It cited a recent Qualtrics study that showed 89% of respondents would like an alternative to battery-powered TV remote controls, with a large majority choosing self-charging remotes as the most attractive alternative option.
- Improve the environmental impact of new products. The new solution addresses the needs of TV ODMs and OEMs that cater to the new generation of environmentally conscious consumers. This moves the industry to more sustainable alternatives and reduces reliance on billions of polluting primary batteries.
With combined wireless connectivity and energy harvesting on a compact footprint, this module makes batteryless operations possible for a wide range of IoT applications, Telink said. It is also compatible with Telink’s software development kits (SDKs), making it easier for customers to upgrade their products with minimum effort.