Development Kits

Powercast development kits and evaluation boards enable simple and fast testing and prototyping with RF-based wireless power technology.

  • Self-Discover Wireless Power Technology: Learn about Powercast’s patented wireless technology and all it has to offer.
  • Rapidly Prototype into Any Device: Quickly integrate into any prototype device using a plug-n-play solution for remote powering.
  • Explore Renewable Energy Possibilities: Expand the possibilities for wireless power to become a renewable energy source for rechargeable batteries, and other energy storage devices.

Development kit for battery-less, wireless sensors (P2110-EVAL-01)
P1110 Evaluation Board (P1110-EVB)
P2110 Evaluation Board (P2110-EVB)
P2110CSR Evaluation Board (P2110CSR-EVB)
Development kit for battery charging (P2110-EVAL-02)
Energy Harvesting Wireless Sensor Card Evaluation Kit (P2110CSR-EH1)
P2110CSR Wireless Sensor Card (P2110CSR-SL)



P2110-EVAL-01
Lifetime Power® Energy Harvesting Development Kit for Wireless Sensors
(jointly developed by Powercast and Microchip)
P2110-EVAL-01
The Lifetime Power Energy Harvesting Development Kit for Wireless Sensors is a complete demonstration and development platform for creating battery-free wireless sensors (passive wireless sensor tags) powered by RF energy (radio waves). It is designed and configured for extremely low power operation, and the firmware is pre-installed for out-of-the-box operation.

The wireless sensor boards are powered by the P2110 Powerharvester Receiver, which converts RF energy into DC power. In this kit, the TX91501 transmitter is the source of RF energy (915MHz), but other RF sources from 850-950 MHz can also be used for power. The communication from the sensor boards to the access point is 2.4GHz using 802.15.4-compliant radios.

WSN-EVAL-01

No batteries are needed to power the wireless sensor board. The on-board sensors include temperature, humidity and light, and there is a terminal for an external sensor.

  • (1) 915MHz, 3 watt Power+Data Transmitter (TX91501-3W-ID)
  • (2) P2110 evaluation boards (P2110-EVB)
  • (2) 6dBi directional antennas (included with P2110-EVB)
  • (2) 1dBi omni-directional antennas (included with P2110-EVB)
  • (2) Wireless sensor boards (WSN-EVAL-01)
  • (1) Microchip 16-bit XLP Development Board
  • (1) Microchip MRF24J40 PICtail/PICtail Plus daughter card
  • (1) Microchip PICkit 3 programmer/debugger

P2110-EVAL-01 output

P2110-EVAL-01 Overview (PDF)
P2110-EVAL-01 User’s Manual (PDF)



P1110-EVB
P1110 Powerharvester® Evaluation Board

P1110 Evaluation Board

  • Contains the P1110 Powerharvester for use in charging batteries or direct power applications
  • Configurable overvoltage protection up to 4.2V
  • Center frequency of 915 MHz, harvesting range of 850-950 MHz
  • On-board super-capacitor for battery simulation
  • LED for simple visual verification of operation
  • Includes two antennas: 6.1 dBi directional, 1.0 dBi omni-directional

P1110-EVB Instructions (PDF)



P2110-EVB
P2110 Powerharvester® Evaluation Board

P2110 Evaluation Board

  • Contains the P2110 Powerharvester to provide pulsed-power for battery-free devices or charging batteries (additional circuitry required)
  • Configurable, regulated output voltage up to 5.25V
  • Center frequency of 915 MHz, harvesting range of 850-950 MHz
  • Includes two capacitors for charge storage
  • LED for simple visual verification of operation
  • Includes two antennas: 6.1 dBi directional, 1.0 dBi omni-directional

P2110-EVB Instructions (PDF)



P2110CSR-EVB
P2110 Chipset Reference Design Evaluation Board

P2110CSR Evaluation Board

  • Contains the P2110CSR to provide pulsed-power for battery-free devices or charging batteries (additional circuitry required)
  • Configurable, regulated output voltage from 2V to 5.5V
  • Center frequency of 915 MHz, harvesting range of 850-950 MHz
  • Includes two capacitors for charge storage
  • LED for simple visual verification of operation
  • Includes two antennas: 6.1 dBi directional, 1.0 dBi omni-directional

P2110CSR-EVB Instructions (PDF)



Evaluation Board Antennas
Evaluation Board Antennas
915 MHz antennas with SMA connectors included in kits P1110-EVB, P2110-EVB, and P2110CSR-EVB.
Dipole antenna
  • Gain = 1.25 (1.0 dBi)
  • Omni-directional (360° energy pattern)
  • Vertically polarized

Patch antenna

  • Gain = 4.1 (6.1 dBi)
  • Directional (122° horizontal, 68° vertical energy pattern)
  • Vertically polarized


P2110-EVAL-02 (Obsolete)
Lifetime Power® Energy Harvesting Development Kit for Battery Charging
P2110-EVAL-02

The Lifetime Power Energy Harvesting Development Kit for Battery Charging enables long-range remote charging of rechargeable batteries. The kit features the THINERGY® Micro-Energy Cell from Infinite Power Solutions (IPS), and also supports traditional rechargeable batteries including Lithium Ion, Alkaline, and Ni-MH, as well as other solid-state/thin-film batteries.

  • 915MHz, 3 watt Power+Data Transmitter (TX91501-3W-ID)
  • P2110CSR Evaluation Board (P2110CSR-EVB)
  • 6dBi directional antenna
  • 1dBi omni-directional antenna
  • Battery charging board (BAT-EVAL-01)
  • THINERGY® Micro-Energy Cell Evaluation Card
  • Cable for connecting to THINERGY® ADP
  • TI eZ430-RF2500 wireless development tool

Battery Charging Board
BAT-EVAL-01 Battery Charging Board (with eZ430-RF2500 target board attached)

P2110-EVAL-02 Overview (PDF)
P2110-EVAL-02 User’s Manual (PDF)



P2110CSR-EH1 (Obsolete)
Energy Harvesting Wireless Sensor Card Evaluation Kit
The P2110CSR-EH1 is an evaluation kit for Powercast’s P2110CSR-SL Wireless Charge Card. The kit includes the card and a TX91501-3W Powercaster® for wirelessly recharging the onboard battery, as well as Silicon Labs development tools for communicating with the onboard microprocessor. In addition, the device has sensors that wirelessly relay temperature, light level, and battery voltage to the Silicon Labs Wireless Development Suite.

  • (1) 915MHz, 3 watt Power+Data Transmitter (TX91501-3W-ID)
  • (1) P2110CSR-SL Wireless Sensor Card (P2110CSR-SL)
  • (1) Silicon Labs TOOLSTICKBASE
  • (1) Silicon Labs EZRadioPRO® USB dongle (4431-DAUBF342-HB)
  • (1) Silicon Labs Retractable USB Cable
  • (1) Transmitter Power Supply - 5V
  • (1) Plastic Vertical Mount for P2110CSR-SL

P2110CSR-EH1 Instruction Manual (PDF)



P2110CSR-SL (Obsolete)
P2110CSR Wireless Sensor Card

P2110CSR Wireless Sensor Card
Included in the P2110CSR-EH1 Evaluation Kit for use with the TX91501-3W-ID, a Silicon Labs EZRadioPRO USB Dongle (4431-DAUBF342-HB), and the Silicon Labs Wireless Development Suite

  • Contains the P2110CSR to provide pulsed-power to charge the onboard IPS batteries
  • Onboard 915MHz antenna input to P2110CSR
  • Silicon Labs Si1020 micro-processor with onboard transceiver
  • Light and Temperature Sensors

P2110CSR-SL User’s Guide (PDF)


Notes:

  • Development kits and evaluation boards are available through Authorized Distributors.
  • A transmitter or RF source is needed to provided energy to the Powerharvester component on the evaluation boards.
  • See datasheets for P1110 and P2110 harvesting performance