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Tutorial – Designing for Ultra Low Power: Opening the Door to Energy Harvesting

Brian Zahnstecher (Principal, PowerRox)

Location: Ballroom D

Date: Tuesday, January 30

Time: 9:00am - 11:50am

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Track: 04. System Co-Design: Modeling, simulation and measurement validation

Audience Level: All

Format: 3-Hour Tutorial

Vault Recording: TBD

Audience Level: All

Time to upend the design techniques of yesterday that start with a power budget encompassing all desired loads, then desperately attempt figure out how to reduce it, typically compromising on performance, features, battery life, or some combination of these factors. The only way to drive disruptive change in power design is to completely rethink the approach. For instance, designing for NO power and incrementally adding minimum power draw with feature set is a much better starting point. Having a goal of harvesting some or all of your power needs from the ambient environment is also a much better objective.

Takeaway

Attendees will gain an overview of low power design techniques with a focus on utilizing free, ambient energy to supplement battery power. Though primarily technical content, it will still tie to the market motivations and other key factors (i.e. – cost, efficiency, high-volume manufacturing, qualification, etc.).