Electronics & Computers

IPS and TI Create Perpetually Powered DSP

November 11, 2010

The device uses industry-leading solid-state energy storage technology and ambient energy harvesting, supported by ultra-low power consumption design.

Littleton, CO -- Infinite Power Solutions Inc. (IPS) announced that it has teamed with Texas Instruments (TI) to create the world's first perpetually powered digital signal processor (DSP) solution, using its industry leading solid-state energy storage solutions and ambient energy harvesting technology. This is made possible by the ultra-low power consumption of TI's TMS320C5515 DSP and the ultra-efficient, high-peak current capability and near loss-less energy storage of the IPS Thinergy Micro-Energy Cell (MEC). The award-winning Thinergy solid-state MEC101-7S is rapidly and efficiently recharged by solar energy, even with extremely low-light conditions, resulting in a perpetually powered DSP-based application, for decades of maintenance-free signal processing. The ultra-low power consumption of TI's TMS320C5515 DSP in active and standby modes enables sophisticated DSP computations, taking advantage of the high-peak current of Thinergy technology in the most energy-efficient manner. Potential applications include remote audio; very-low-bit-rate video surveillance; seismic monitoring; remote vibration sensing of bridges, buildings, and industrial machinery; and other innovative applications yet to unfold.

"The combination of our Thinergy MEC and TI's C5515 ultra-low-power DSP has the potential to create DSP solutions that operate autonomously and continuously for the life of the application," stated Tim Bradow, IPS' Vice President Of Technical Marketing. "This achievement represents a major step forward in enabling ultra-low-power and low-duty-cycle applications requiring significant signal processing capabilities. We are pleased to be a part of this major milestone achievement in DSP technology."

"By collaborating with Infinite Power Solutions, TI's ultra-low-power C5000 DSPs can enable innovative, perpetually powered DSP applications," said Srik Gurrapu, C5000 ultra-low-power DSP product line manager, TI. "The C5515 DSP has rewritten the rules on performance versus power, expanding the potential capabilities and applications for DSPs by eliminating the need for an external power source."

IPS' Thinergy family of MEC products are paper thin, inherently safe, can be recharged countless times and provide a true clean energy storage solution that delivers a lifetime of power to micro-electronic systems without the prohibitive cost of battery replacement, maintenance, and recycling. Combining these attributes with an ultra-thin and flexible form factor makes Thinergy MECs ideal for enhancing existing products and enabling innovative new products across a broad spectrum of markets, from medical devices to aerospace and consumer electronics. More information on IPS' Thinergy product line can be found on the company's Web site.

TI will demonstrate this breakthrough technology solution at Hall A4, Booth 420 at Electronica 2010, which is being held at the New Munich Trade Fair in Munich, Germany on Nov. 9–12.

About TI
Texas Instruments helps customers solve problems and develop new electronics that make the world smarter, healthier, safer, greener and more fun. A global semiconductor company, TI innovates through manufacturing, design and sales operations in more than 30 countries. For more information, go to www.ti.com.

About IPS
Infinite Power Solutions Inc., a U.S.-based, clean-technology company, is a leader in manufacturing solid-state, rechargeable, thin-film micro-energy storage devices for a variety of micro-electronic applications. Founded in 2001, IPS is privately held, with corporate headquarters and manufacturing in Littleton, CO. The company markets its revolutionary family of thin-film MEC products under its Thinergy brand. The company is the "only ISO 9001-certified manufacturer of solid-state, thin-film batteries." The company's energy-storage products, with "unrivalled performance, size, and service life, displace coin cells, supercapacitors, and other micro-batteries in a variety of applications." The company's Thinergy MECs and Infinergy micro power modules uniquely enable ambient energy harvesting solutions to create miniature, autonomous, perpetual power supplies to address the growing demand among customers in the wireless sensor, active RFID, powered smart card, medical device, consumer electronics, automotive and civil/military/aerospace markets.

Thinergy and MEC are registered trademarks of IPS.

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