Ultra Low-Power IoT: Optimizing Energy Utilization
This talk will show how the future holds the potential for billions or even trillions of Internet of Thing (IoT) devices, including wireless sensor networks, Bluetooth Low-Energy (BLE) beacons, and “Smart whatever.” As these devices will inundate our networks and daily lives, there is now a fierce focus on power management to extend the battery life of wireless devices. The gap between the microwatt energy consumption and the sheer scale of these devices to the terawatt “5G Energy Gap” spans 18 orders of magnitude. As such, attention to Power Cost Factor (PCF) issues is paramount for success.
This talk will also address the major risks that these tiny powered devices present to large networks and power grids, as well as some potential solutions. This is particularly important since it must be realized that these micro- and nano-power devices will eventually represent the grand majority of things out there. Also discussed will be solutions to supplement the power budgets of all of these edge devices.
About the speaker, Brian Zahnstecher of PowerRox
Brian Zahnstecher is the Principal of PowerRox, where he focuses on power design, integration, system applications, OEM market penetration and market research/analysis, as well as leading private power electronics seminars. His earlier work in power electronics was at Emerson Network Power (now Artesyn), Cisco and HP. He is Chair (Emeritus) of the IEEE SFBAC Power Electronics Society (PELS), which was awarded 2017 Best Chapter awards at the local, national and worldwide levels (an unprecedented achievement). He is a Senior IEEE Member and an IEEE-CNSV member, a Board member of the Power Sources Manufacturers Association (PSMA), Co-Founder & Co-Chair of the PSMA Reliability Committee, and Co-Chair of the PSMA Energy Harvesting Committee.
Brian Co-Chairs the IEEE Future Directions (formerly 5G) Initiative webinar series. As the founding Co-Chair of the IEEE 5G Roadmap Energy Efficiency Working Group he authored the Group’s position paper, and has lectured on this topic at major industry conferences. Brian has been a regular contributor to the industry as an invited keynote speaker, author, workshop participant, session host, roundtable moderator, and volunteer, and holds ME and BS degrees from Worcester Polytechnic Institute.
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