When every microwatt counts, we use the Texas Instruments MSP430 line of microcontrollers. These are designed with power efficiency in mind. Some of the newer models have RAM that will hold its value even when a brown out occurs. We also like that the documentation is very explicit, so we know what is going on. We don’t have to assume anything is a black box. We also use Microchip PIC and ARM Cortex-M microcontrollers for designs depending on design requirements. We’ll work with you to find the right controller for your needs.
Today we can get a lot of sensors off-the-shelf (accelerometers, gyroscopes, humidity, temperature, and touch to name a few), but what if you need something unique? We design custom sensors. We work with you to figure out the best way to sense what you want and then find the most efficient way to sense it.
We have experience with M2M (Machine to Machine) and IoT (Internet of Things). If you need a remote sensor we can integrate a cellular data link or a custom communications link. We can guide you on what your options are and how they affect the lifetime of your device.
We design sensors that last forever. First we minimize the power draw through expert circuit design and intelligent controllers. Then we look at the products lifetime and if we can do that with a battery. If a primary battery is not feasible, we can add power harvesting technologies (solar, thermal, etc.) to provide the extra energy needed to meet product lifetime requirements. We have the test equipment to characterize the design performance and then target problem areas that limit product lifetime and performance.