Nowi is a semiconductor company that specializes in the development of energy harvesting power management technology. Through the development of its NH2 PMIC, it simplifies the design process and lowers the threshold for any company to develop “Plug & Forget” products.
Nowi was founded in 2015 by Simon van der Jagt (CEO) and Omar Link (COO). After 5 years of product development, the company launched the commercialization of its innovative PMIC on the market, the NH2.
Nowi believes that for the physical world to be connected to the digital world, a new approach for powering devices is required. Traditionally, we power devices by bringing energy to them, in the form of batteries and cables. However at the incredible scale of a connected world, this has become a limiting factor. Instead of bringing energy, Nowi aims to enable products to use the energy that is already available at its location. Bringing connectivity to life.
Energy harvesting positively impacts the environment by reducing the number of batteries being discarded and also by lowering the volume of raw materials being mined because rechargeable batteries have a longer lifespan.
Nowi NH2 PMIC is designed to efficiently extract power from ambient energy sources like light and vibration to charge a variety of energy storage elements such as a rechargeable battery or a super-capacitor, with the help of one external capacitor.
Usages are multiple and include a large array of applications: consumer electronics, IoT (including smart devices and wearables), retail (ESL), industrial (sensors), etc. Find more about different applications on the dedicated page on our website.
Nowi Open Innovation Program was created to support academic research and innovative projects. The program is designed to be a close collaboration between the engineering team at Nowi and selected researchers, wherein Nowi provides the Nowi NH2 EH PMIC and engineering support to assist the most cutting-edge innovations.
The NH2D0245 is designed to extract low power from an energy harvesting source, for instance, photovoltaic (solar), or rectified output of piezoelectric harvester. We are currently developing a new PMIC with a higher boosting factor that can support other types of harvesters like TEG and RF.
It is possible to connect multiple units of the same harvester either in parallel or in series to provide power within the specification range of the PMIC. However, connecting two different harvesters, for instance solar and rectified output of piezo or two solar panels with different characteristics simultaneously is not recommended. Otherwise, using individual PMIC for each source is recommended.
Nowi has launched its first energy harvesting PMIC, the NH2, in 2020.
Nowi is currently working on a number of energy harvesting PMIC designs which will broaden the application of energy harvesting in new domains.
The NH2 PMIC is optimized for solar energy harvesting and is currently used in TV remote controls, electronic shelf labels, IoT sensors, etc. More details can be found in the dedicated applications page.