First Sigfox energy recovery module in partnership with HT Micron and Nowi



PARIS–(COMMERCIAL THREAD) – Sigfox, one of the world’s leading providers of Internet of Things (IoT) communication services and 0G network pioneer, today announces its partnership with HT Micron, a Brazilian expert in advanced semiconductor solutions, and Nowi, a semiconductor company specializing in the development of energy harvesting energy management technology, to explore and unlock the benefits of integrating energy harvesting into Sigfox devices.

This collaboration marks the first step for Sigfox towards a commercial development of energy harvesting modules to equip IoT devices and contribute to more sustainability in the IoT. The main use cases are applications in smart meters, industrial sensors, asset tracking and air quality monitoring.

During the research phase, HT Micron worked on the creation of the innovative semiconductor solution for integration into Nowi’s PMIC (Power Management Integrated Circuit), designed specifically for low power IoT devices. Equipped on Sigfox devices and powered by 0G technology, this solution will reduce battery consumption and offer greater autonomy while reducing the total cost of ownership.

Nowi PMIC is designed to efficiently extract energy from ambient energy sources such as light and vibration to charge a variety of energy storage elements such as a rechargeable battery or capacitor. It is better suited for most low power applications like distributed IoT sensors and TV remote controls for example.

The low power consumption of Sigfox solutions is particularly well suited to being powered by ambient energy recovery. As many Sigfox-based applications require intermittent communication intervals, this allows for a trickle charge of a storage element with energy recovery between transmissions., Explain Chris Juliano, CCO at Nowi.

Sigfox and HT Micron have been working together for several years now and HT Micron has been identified as a strategic partner for this project as they have the expertise to create innovative modules and they consider energy harvesting essential for the mass adoption of the system. ‘IoT with sustainability.

We are happy to take this new step with Sigfox and explore energy recovery solutions as a new way to create added value for our end customers and help them improve their environmental impact., “said Edelweis Ritt, CIO at HT Micron.

This collaboration with Nowi and HT Micron is further proof of our ambition to create IoT solutions that will help our customers preserve the environment by significantly reducing their energy consumption. We look forward to the development of this new type of device and the positive impact it will generate.“said Benjamin Jooris, Director of Customer Success and Ecosystems at Sigfox.

The first step of this project is a development kit integrating Nowi’s PMIC solution with HT Micron’s Sigfox system-in-package, to be used for testing by R&D and product development teams. The first information will be presented to CES 2022 (January 5-7 in Las Vegas) at the Nowi booth (# 51733) to collect customer and developer feedback. Customers can sign up to receive the development kit. Then Sigfox, Nowi and HT Micron will create a mass production module that can be used by any type of device maker.

This announcement is part of the strengthening of Sigfox’s strategy to help reduce human impact on the environment with IoT, and it will soon be followed by other solutions based on energy harvesting because new projects are already under discussion.

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About Sigfox

Sigfox is one of the world’s leading providers of IoT (Internet of Things) communication services and a pioneer in the 0G network. Sigfox offers a unique combination of very low cost and very low power consumption solutions through a unique global network, owned and operated by 75 Sigfox operators, allowing businesses to gain visibility and track their assets in the whole world. With over 19 million connected devices and 75 million messages sent per day, Sigfox helps customers extract data at the lowest cost of production and accelerate their digital transformation in key areas such as tracking and surveillance actives.

ISO 9001 certified and supported by a strong ecosystem of partners, Sigfox was founded in 2010 and is based in Labège, France, with offices in Boston, Dallas, Dubai, Madrid, Paris, Sao Paulo, Singapore and Tokyo.

About Nowi

Nowi is a semiconductor company founded in 2016, based in Delft, The Netherlands, with regional offices in the United States and Shanghai.

Nowi has developed energy recovery energy management integrated circuits that combine optimum recovery performance with the world’s smallest assembly footprint and lowest BOM cost. This thus simplifies the design process and lowers the threshold for any company to develop “Plug & Forget” products.

About HT Micron

HT Micron provides advanced semiconductor solutions. The portfolio includes memories for computers, mobile phones and smart TVs, as well as System-in-Package connectivity solutions for the Internet of Things. HT Micron is a Brazilian company, with the South Korean group HANA Micron as its main shareholder, and is based in the city of São Leopoldo, RS, in southern Brazil.


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