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April 29, 2009

Design Solar-Powered Computing Device

at 2:39 pm. Filed under Cool Gadgets, Crazy Hacks, Electronic Hacks, What Were They Thinking


Solar power is getting more and more popular, looks like they are even showing up in sunglasses! One of our sponsors is offering a free white paper that covers new breakthroughs in Designing Solar-Powered Computing Device. Hacked Gadgets also receives a small amount for each person who signs up so it would also be a simple way of making a small contribution to Hacked Gadgets. There are also lots of other free magazines and white papers that are sure to spark some interest. I have a copy of EDN sitting on my coffee table right now, by glancing at the cover it looks like there is an article about estimating power consumption in FPGA designs, seems to be a low power trend in the industry these days.

"Going beyond useful gadgets powered by the sun, solar-powered computing devices are just over the horizon. Imagine network routers and surveillance devices soaking up the sun and running networking, video and security software. Free of power and Ethernet cables, these embedded systems can be deployed in the field quickly and cheaply.

This white paper describes different types of embedded solar-powered computing devices and provides design suggestions for Intel® Atom™ processor based platforms. It covers hardware and software practices for developing ultra-low power devices, as well as open source software available to designers."