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Avnet Abacus and Cymbet partner to deliver exciting new energy harvesting demos and technology partnerships at Embedded World

Differing energy harvesting technologies discussed; TI and Silicon Labs evaluation kites with Cymbet solid state battery chips

Poing, Germany, 28 February 2012 - Avnet Abacus, one of Europe’s leading interconnect, passive, electromechanical and power distributors, will be demonstrating various forms of energy harvesting at its booth (Hall 1, Stand 249) at Embedded World, Nuremburg, using Cymbet EnerChip™ energy harvesting evaluation kits. The company will also be showing a real time clock holdover application using Cymbet’s solid state battery chips and also discussing how the EnerChip can be used with evaluation kits from Silicon Labs and Texas Instruments

Energy harvesting demonstrations will include various different technologies: flexible photovoltaic cells; thermal gradient harvesting using a thermoelectric harvester; vibration harvesting using a piezoelectric transducer; and RF induction charging. Evaluation kits and reference designs for all these harvesters are available from Avnet Abacus and Cymbet. The real time clock (RTC) holdover application is also based on a Cymbet evaluation kit.  The EnerChip lasts the life of the product, has the smallest footprint of any energy storage solution, and can be placed anywhere on a board using surface mount assembly and reflow solder.  This enables designers to remove cumbersome battery holders and battery access doors from their products. A complete USB-stick based RTC power backup evaluation kit is available from Avnet Abacus which makes it simple to experiment with these new capabilities.

Avnet Abacus and Cymbet are also announcing that any of the Cymbet Energy Harvesting kits are now  interoperable with the Silicon Labs RF-to-USB2 demonstration kit, available from Avnet Abacus’ sister company, Avnet Memec. Designers can now experiment with all the ambient energy harvesting techniques to power the low power SiLabs Si1014 wireless MCU nodes. 

Finally, visitors to the Avnet Abacus booth will be able to see a demonstration of the use of the Texas Instruments Bluetooth low energy (BLE) evaluation kit powered by the Cymbet EnerCard™ solar energy harvesting module.  The TI BLE kit, available from fellow Avnet companies, Silica and EBV, is connected to the EnerCard which supplies power from small solar cells or the EnerChip smart solid state Batteries when there is no light. The core of the EnerCard is the Cymbet EnerChip EP energy processor CBC-915 which utilizes maximum peak power tracking for the highest efficiency solar energy conversion. The EnerChip EP, available from Avnet Abacus, also manages the EnerChip batteries and provides energy aware functions to the TI BLE key fob device.  Energy aware functions are very important for optimal system performance under varying light and power conditions.

Alan Jermyn, VP European Marketing at Avnet Abacus comments: “These demos show perfectly the expertise we have with Avnet Abacus to bring together complementary products and technologies to deliver innovative solutions for new applications.”

About Avnet Abacus

Avnet Abacus is a pan-European demand creation distributor specialising in interconnect, passive, electromechanical, power supply and battery products. Avnet Abacus’ extensive product range and exceptional linecard is supported by a team of over 50 product specialists based across Europe, delivering technical expertise and technology focused initiatives. Avnet Abacus is a business unit of Avnet Electronics Marketing EMEA, a business region of Avnet, Inc., (NYSE: AVT)

About Cymbet

Cymbet Corporation is the leader in solid-state energy storage solutions for microelectronic systems. The company is the first to market eco-friendly rechargeable solid-state batteries that provide electronic systems designers with new embedded power capabilities. The company's EnerChip™ devices enable new concepts in energy storage application for ICs and new products for medical, sensor, RFID, industrial control, communications and portable electronic devices. Visit Cymbet online at

For further information:

For Cymbet press enquiries:
Steve Grady, VP Marketing

For further Avnet Abacus information:
Lisa Rees - Marketing Communications Manager

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