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Cymbet EnerChip Energy Harvesting Kits Support TI MSP430™ MCU LaunchPad Development Kit

Combination enables easy energy harvesting experimentation
June 06, 2011

Chicago, June 6, 2011 - Cymbet Corporation today announced that their EnerChip solid state battery energy harvesting (EH) evaluation kits now support the popular Texas Instruments Incorporated (TI) MSP430 Value Line LaunchPad development kit. The combination of a Cymbet EH kit and TI LaunchPad enables designers to experiment with energy harvesting technology and applications for as little as $55.00. Ambient energy can be harvested from light, motion, vibration, heat, electromagnetic and RF sources by the Cymbet EnerChip EH kits that power LaunchPad. Cymbet also is supplying an open source temperature data logging application for LaunchPad. Cymbet's EVAL-09 EnerChip EP Universal EH kit, EVAL-10 EnerChip CC Solar EH kit, EVAL-11 EnerChip CC RF Induction Charging kit, and the TI LaunchPad development kit are available now at Avnet, Digi-Key and Mouser.

Easy-to-Use Kits for Energy Harvesting Powered Applications

The TI LaunchPad development kit is part of the MSP430 Value Line series and is an easy-to-use development tool intended for beginners and experienced users alike for creating microcontroller-based applications. LaunchPad allows various MSP430 Value Line devices to be used and an on-board flash emulation tool allows direct interface to a PC for easy programming, debugging and evaluation. Included, are free and downloadable software development environments for writing and debugging software.

"We are very pleased to have Cymbet's continued support for our MSP430 development kits," said TI's Emmanuel Sambuis, general manager, MSP430. "Their EnerChip EH kits are cost effective and provide an excellent way to power MSP430 MCUs."

For more information about TI's LaunchPad development kit, please visit www.ti.com/launchpad.

Creating Zero Power Devices

"The EVAL-09, EVAL-10 and EVAL-11 kits were created in response to our customers' desire to build zero power-based devices using different types of energy harvesting," said Jeff Sather Cymbet VP Customer Solutions. "We are working closely with electronics designers around the world to create new products that self-power by harvesting ambient energy. These devices - such as autonomous wireless sensors, data loggers, smart patches, micro actuators and process controls - are all "off the grid" using life-of-product EnerChip energy storage."

Cymbet and TI kit combination information can be found at http://www.cymbet.com/content/products-evaluation-kits.asp including Application Note AN-1050 "Using the EnerChip™ Energy Harvesters with the TI LaunchPad".

Visit Cymbet at Sensors Expo Booth 517 for Energy Harvesting Demos

At booth 517 at Sensors Expo 2011 at the Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont, IL, June 7-8, Cymbet will demonstrate ambient energy harvesting-based wireless sensor nodes using solar, piezoelectric, thermoelectric and electromagnetic transducers. The Cymbet EnerChip EH kits give designers the ability to create "Energy Aware" solutions. By providing optimal operation of all power chain facets—power collection, power conversion, energy storage, and power management—the EnerChip Eval kits enable a new class of energy harvesting-based systems that address rapidly growing markets.

About Cymbet

Cymbet Corporation is the leader in solid-state energy storage technology. The company is the first to market eco-friendly rechargeable storage devices that provide embedded systems designers with new embedded power capabilities. The company's EnerChip™ solid state batteries with integrated power management 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 www.cymbet.com.

About Texas Instruments

Texas Instruments semiconductor innovations help 80,000 customers unlock the possibilities of the world as it could be – smarter, safer, greener, healthier and more fun. Our commitment to building a better future is ingrained in everything we do – from the responsible manufacturing of our semiconductors, to caring for our employees, to giving back inside our communities. This is just the beginning of our story. Learn more at www.ti.com.

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