The Boudica V150 includes baseband, RF and power management unit as well as three ARM cores to handle microcontroller plus NB-IoT modem and security duties. The addition of the Nowi PMIC is supports battery charging and allows the addition of a solar panel for continuous operation from renewable energy.
Nowi is a startup semiconductor company that is working on ambient energy sources such as light, temperature gradients or radio frequency.
"Huawei is dedicated to achieving a fully connected, intelligent world and as a pioneer in low power wireless chip technology, we see energy harvesting as a key component in achieving ubiquitous connectivity for our customers. We are, therefore excited to be working with Nowi in this area," said Charles Sturman, senior director of IoT product marketing at Huawei Technologies Ltd., in a statement issued by Nowi.
Simon van der Jagt, CEO of Nowi, added: "The low-power design of the Boudica V150 chip together with the high-energy harvesting efficiency of the Nowi PMIC make it possible to harvest sufficient energy for frequent NB-IoT transmissions, allowing autonomous connectivity for up to 15 years. That means no more cables or battery changes needed."
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