NUS Now Has a Smart Microchip for Reasonable, Smaller IoT Devices


A group of engineers from National University Singapore (NUS) has developed a smart microchip that can start by itself and function on its own even when the battery is charged out, thereby helping manufacturers create cost-friendly, smaller IoT devices.

Designed with a unique power management ability, BATLESS – the smart microchip uses a miniature on-chip solar cell to keep on operating in dim light without any battery help. This microchip can help in manufacturing cost-effective and tiny IoT devices, believe the researchers.  The microchip was presented at the International Solid-State Circuits Conference (ISSCC), 2018, held in San Francisco.

The research team showed that batteries used in IoT devices can be reduced in size as these batteries do not require to be active for continuous operation of the device. The modus operandi of their research includes an advanced step towards IoT sensor nodes, which, according to the researchers, can create several affordable and smaller IoT devices.