Forever young: Chip extends battery life of smart home devices to 10 years
- Sigma Designs revealed its 700-Series Z-Wave platform, a chip which offers a sensor lifetime of more than 10 years on a coin-cell, according to a company announcement. With an extended battery life, the chip is intended to allow IoT devices to connect for a longer period of time in the home.
- The chip has a range of more than 300 feet, allowing connectivity on multiple floors of a home. The low-energy capabilities of the chip "enables new small form factor Z-Wave sensors which can embedded into new places such as into furniture, windows and even behind drywalls," according to Sigma Designs.
- The chip is exclusively built for Sigma's Z-Wave platform, which prevents connectivity with other smart devices without a "hub" to connect different devices, reports The Verge.
While many smart devices are in the form of household appliances, the transition to the enterprise is already underway.
Battery life of any technology is a leading concern for users. IoT devices that do not have the ability to recharge or plug directly into a power source can benefit from such innovation.
Last year, IBM developed a 5nm chip that has the potential of extending battery life by two to three times the span of today's standards before needing a charge.
Not only do extended battery lives promise continued connectivity, but there are substantial energy savings. IBM's chip is said to have a 75% power savings while radically improving performance, according to the company.
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