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.

P1110-EVAL-01 (NEW!)

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Lifetime Power® Energy Harvesting Development Kit for Battery Recharging

The Lifetime Power Energy Harvesting Development Kit for Battery Recharging is a complete demonstration and development platform for Powercast battery recharging technology 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 battery recharging boards are powered by the P1110 Powerharvester Receiver, which converts RF energy into DC power. In this kit, either the TX91501 or Powerspot TX91502 transmitter (both included) acts as the source of RF energy (915MHz), but other RF sources from 850-950 MHz can also be used for power. A companion app and Bluetooth enabled radio boards are included to easily measure the recharging current and battery voltage.

P1110-EVB

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  • (1) 915MHz, 3 watt Power+Data Transmitter (TX91501-3W-ID)
  • (1) 915 MHz, 4 watt reduced form factor Power+Data Transmitter (TX91502)
  • (1) P1110 evaluation boards (P1110-EVB)
  • (2) 6dBi directional antennas (included with P1110-EVB)
  • (2) 1dBi omni-directional antennas (included with P1110-EVB)
  • (1) Smart-Watch sized flex circuit recharging board (EVAL-FLEX1-PCB)
  • (1) Credit-Card sized recharging board (EVAL-CC1-PCB)
  • (2) Radio boards (EVAL-RB1-PCB)
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The radio boards mate with the battery recharging boards to provide recharging current and voltage information to the companion app.  The radio boards are powered by their own separate coin cell battery in order to not affect the recharging current/voltage data.

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P2110-EVAL-01

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Lifetime Power® Energy Harvesting Development Kit for Wireless Sensors (jointly developed by Powercast and Microchip)

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.

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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

P1110-EVB

P1110 Powerharvester® Evaluation Board

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  • 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

P2110-EVB

P2110 Powerharvester® Evaluation Board

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  • 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

Evaluation Board Antennas

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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

P21XXCSR-EVB Evaluation Board

P21XX Chipset Reference Design Evaluation Board

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  • Contains the PCC110 & PCC210 chips, providing pulsed-power for battery-free devices or charging batteries
  • Configurable, regulated output voltage from 2V to 5.5V
  • Operates within six different frequency bands with the following center frequencies:
    • GSM-850 uplink (836.5 MHz)
    • Europe RFID & GSM-850 downlink (879.5 MHz)
    • ISM USA & GSM-900 uplink (904 MHz)
    • GSM-1800 (1747.5 MHz)
    • GSM-1900 uplink (1880 MHz)
    • WiFi 2.4GHz (2450 MHz)
  • Includes two capacitors for charge storage
  • LED for simple visual verification of operation
  • Requires an antenna for the band(s) being tested

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 P1110B and P2110B harvesting performance.