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Cymbet and ANT Showcasing Energy Harvesting Powered Wireless Sensor Network at Sensors Expo 2008

June 09, 2008

Elk River, Minn. USA and Cochrane, Alberta, Canada – June 9, 2008 – Cymbet Corporation and ANT today announced that it will showcase an energy harvesting powered wireless sensor network solution using Cymbet's EnerChip™ thin-film semiconductor battery module and the ultra-low-power wireless networking technology ANT at the Sensors Expo June 9-11, 2008, in Chicago, Ill. This Energy Harvesting module is designed to power the ANT modules included in the ANTDKT3 development kit. The EnerChip module can be charged via a USB connection or with the Cymbet Solar Energy Harvester demo board. EnerChip-based solutions are being featured at Sensor Expo in Cymbet booth 529 and in ANT booth 615.

The new EnerChip family of thin-film battery devices offers a truly unique combination in battery technology: fast charge times, >5000 recharges, reflow solderable and eco-friendliness. The small EnerChip form factor and highly rechargeable, solid-state, thin-film advancements can be economically and reliably integrated as an embedded device or as a surface-mounted component. EnerChips are ideally suited for applications such as back-up power and energy harvesting.

The ANT wireless power sensor network only consumes microwatts for each of its nodes and is currently powered by a single coin cell for most of the current deployments, now totaling 3M nodes globally. ANT's ANTDKT3 development kit offers a comprehensive set of: ANT modules; PC tools and resources to assist with the evaluation of ANT as a practical Wireless Sensor Network solution; design of ANT product prototypes and network demonstrations using ANT modules and chip sets; evaluation of using SensRcore as an easy wireless sensor development platform; writing scripts and configuring modules; and the design of PC applications linking to ANT products and networks.

"We are very excited about EnerChip's Energy Harvesting solution as it further enhances the ultra-low-power advantage of ANT practical wireless sensor network development," said Brian Macdonald, Director of ANT Wireless. "This attractive option will enable our customers to create permanent power solutions; and by solving battery replacement issues, EnerChip opens up a whole new class of wireless sensor networks."

"When coupled with energy-harvesting or energy-scavenging techniques, an EnerChip can supply the energy storage to build self-contained, long-lived powered systems and improve on the traditional battery power approaches," said Cymbet CEO Bill Priesmeyer. "Using an EnerChip battery to power wireless sensors, active RFID tags or other remote devices—in combination with energy already available in the environment—is both cost and environmentally beneficial."

About ANT™

ANT™ is a proven practical wireless network 2.4 GHz RF protocol for ultra-low power sensor network applications in sport, wellness, home and industrial automation. ANT is a robust protocol with an installed base of over three million nodes, enabling wireless connectivity in a new generation of consumer, commercial, industrial and medical products. ANT provides reliable data communications, flexible and adaptive network operation and cross-talk immunity. The company behind ANT is Dynastream Innovations Inc. Dynastream was established in 1998 and became a wholly owned subsidiary of Garmin International Inc. in December 2006. Visit ANT at

About Cymbet

Founded in 2000, Cymbet Corporation—a clean technology company—is a leader in thin-film, solid-state battery technology. The company is the first to market a true solid-state energy system enabling new embedded systems designer capabilities. The company's thin-film battery system will enable new concepts in battery application for ICs and new products for medical, sensor, RFID, communications and portable electronic devices. Visit Cymbet online at

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