Mouser Electronics has announced a global distribution agreement with MATRIX Industries, the Silicon Valley materials science and thermal engineering pioneers committed to radically re-inventing the power equation for Internet of Things (IoT) and wearables. Through the agreement, Mouser is now stocking MATRIX Mercury energy harvesting DC/DC boost converters and associated kits, perfect for IoT or wearable engineers — from hobbyists to design engineers in large companies.
MATRIX Mercury DC/DC boost converters are ideal for harvesting and managing surplus energy from extremely low-input-voltage sources such as thermoelectric generators and thermopiles. The converters’ unique impedance-matching feature enables up to 80 percent peak conversion efficiency energy harvesting across the entire input voltage range, while the ultra-low quiescent current of 700 nA helps ensure fast charge times. Mercury supports input voltage as low as 10 mV, while the output can be regulated up to 5V.
The MATRIX Mercury evaluation kit provides a simple platform for engineers to measure the performance of the Mercury converter and allows the addition of an energy storage media to accommodate for various applications. The outputs of the Mercury’s on-chip analog-to-digital converter (ADC) are broken out on the board to allow real-time measurements.
The Mercury prototype kit is a rapid prototyping platform built around the Mercury energy harvesting boost converter. It is ideal for developing IoT sensor applications that harness energy from very low temperature differences and eliminate the need to replace or recharge batteries. The board includes an ultra-low power 16-bit microcontroller with Bluetooth® Low Energy connectivity pre-programmed with a beacon application. The outputs of the Mercury’s ADC are connected to the microcontroller to allow real-time measurements as well as transmission of the ADC output over Bluetooth Low Energy. An Android app is provided as a basic framework for building customized apps.