Atmosic Technologies Lowers Bluetooth Power to Enable Batteryless IoT Devices

November 9, 2018 Rich Nass

Atmosic Technologies claims to have developed the industry’s lowest power wireless Bluetooth 5 platforms with its M2 and M3 Series SoCs. This would enable battery-powered IoT devices that are always connected. In fact, Atmosic says they can go one step further—eliminating the batteries completely. And I quote:

“The company is developing solutions to enable forever battery life to combat the tremendous effort, cost and ecological impact associated with battery maintenance for billions of connected devices.”

To achieve this goal, the company has developed three key technologies: a low-power radio, on-demand wake-up, and controlled energy harvesting. While these technologies can be applied to most wireless technologies, Bluetooth became the first target, as there are potentially billions of IoT devices to be designed into, such as beacons, controllers, remotes, and asset and fitness trackers. Bluetooth 5 in particular provides performance increases over legacy Bluetooth with greater range faster speeds, and higher bandwidth.

The three newly developed technologies enable a power level low enough so that controlled energy harvesting is a viable power source for wireless connected devices. The M2 Series SoC features the low-power radio and on-demand wake-up. The M3 Series adds the controlled energy harvesting. Packaging options for both parts include flash and non-flash, 5- by 5-mm QFN and 6- by 6-mm DRQFN packages. Both are sampling and will be in volume production in Q2 2019.

About the Author

Rich Nass

Richard Nass is the Executive Vice-President of OpenSystems Media. His key responsibilities include setting the direction for all aspects of OpenSystems Media’s Embedded and IoT product portfolios, including web sites, e-newsletters, print and digital magazines, and various other digital and print activities. He was instrumental in developing the company's on-line educational portal, Embedded University. Previously, Nass was the Brand Director for UBM’s award-winning Design News property. Prior to that, he led the content team for UBM Canon’s Medical Devices Group, as well all custom properties and events in the U.S., Europe, and Asia. Nass has been in the engineering OEM industry for more than 25 years. In prior stints, he led the Content Team at EE Times, handling the Embedded and Custom groups and the TechOnline DesignLine network of design engineering web sites. Nass holds a BSEE degree from the New Jersey Institute of Technology.

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