First Sigfox Energy Harvesting Module in Partnership with HT Micron and Nowi

Sigfox | January 10, 2022

Sigfox, a world’s leading IoT (Internet of Things) communication service provider and 0G network pioneer, today announces its partnership with HT Micron, a Brazilian expert in advanced semiconductor solutions, and Nowi, a semiconductor company that specializes in the development of energy harvesting power management technology, to explore and unlock the benefits of integrating energy harvesting into Sigfox devices.This collaboration marks the first step for Sigfox towards a commercial development of energy harvesting modules to equip IoT devices and contribute to more sustainability in IoT. Key use cases are applications in Smart metering, industrial sensoring, asset tracking and air quality monitoring.

During the research phase, HT Micron has worked on creating the innovative semiconductor solution ​​to be integrated with Nowi’s Energy Harvesting PMIC (Power Management Integrated Circuit) designed especially for low power IoT devices. Equipped on Sigfox devices and powered by the 0G technology, this solution will help reduce battery consumption and offer longer autonomy while reducing the total cost of ownership.

Nowi 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 capacitor. It is best suited for most low power applications like distributed IoT sensors and TV remote controls for example.

“The low power consumption of Sigfox solutions is particularly well suited to being powered by ambient energy harvesting. As many Sigfox-based applications require intermittent communication intervals, this allows for trickle charging a storage element with energy harvesting in between transmissions,” explains Chris Juliano, CCO at Nowi.

Sigfox and HT Micron have been working together for several years already and HT Micron was identified as a strategic partner for this project as they have the expertise to create innovative modules and they consider energy harvesting essential for IoT mass adoption with sustainability.

“We are glad to take this next step with Sigfox and explore energy harvesting solutions as a new way to create added value to our end customers and help them improve their environmental impact.” 

Edelweis Ritt, CIO at HT Micron

“This collaboration with Nowi and HT Micron is another proof point towards our ambition to create IoT solutions that will help our clients preserve the environment by greatly reducing their energy consumption. We are looking forward to the development of this new kind of devices and to the positive impact they will generate” says Benjamin Jooris, Client & Ecosystem Success Director at Sigfox.

The first step of this project is a development kit integrating Nowi’s PMIC solution with HT Micron’s Sigfox system-in-package, to be used for testing purposes by R&D and product development teams. First information will be presented at CES 2022 (5-7 January in Las Vegas) at Nowi’s booth (#51733) to gather customer and developers’ feedback. Customers can register to receive the development kit. Next, Sigfox, Nowi and HT Micron will create a mass production module that can be used by any type of device maker.

This announcement comes as part of strengthening Sigfox's strategy to help reduce the human impact on the environment with IoT, and it will be soon followed by other solutions based on energy harvesting as new projects are already in discussion.

​​About Sigfox
Sigfox is a world’s leading IoT (Internet of Things) communication service provider and 0G network pioneer. Sigfox offers a unique combination of ultra-low cost and ultra-low power solutions enabled by a single global network, owned and operated by 75 Sigfox Operators, enabling businesses to gain visibility and track their assets worldwide. With more than 19 million connected devices and 75 million messages sent a day, Sigfox helps its customers to extract data at the lowest cost of production and accelerate their digital transformation in key areas such as asset tracking and monitoring.

ISO 9001 certified and supported by a strong partner ecosystem, Sigfox was founded in 2010 and is headquartered in Labège, France, with offices in Boston, Dallas, Dubai, Madrid, Paris, Sao Paulo, Singapore, and Tokyo.

About Nowi
Nowi is a semiconductor company founded in 2016, based in Delft, the Netherlands, with regional offices in the US and in Shanghai. Nowi has developed energy harvesting power management ICs that combine top harvesting performance with the world’s smallest assembly footprint and lowest BOM cost. Thereby it simplifies the design process and lowers the threshold for any company to develop ‘Plug & Forget’ products.

About HT Micron
HT Micron provides advanced semiconductor solutions. The portfolio includes memories for computers, cell phones and smart TVs, as well as System-in-Package connectivity solutions for the Internet of Things. HT Micron is a Brazilian company, having as the main shareholder the South Korean group HANA Micron, and is based in the city of São Leopoldo, RS, in South Brazil.


Genomics is the study of the complete set of DNA in a person or other organism. DNA underpins a large proportion of an individual's health and disease status, therefore a genomic medicine approach is increasingly being applied in clinical settings.


Genomics is the study of the complete set of DNA in a person or other organism. DNA underpins a large proportion of an individual's health and disease status, therefore a genomic medicine approach is increasingly being applied in clinical settings.

Related News

Devices, Security

Momentus to Provide Hosted Payload Services for FOSSA Systems

Business Wire | August 28, 2023

Momentus Inc. (NASDAQ: MNTS) (“Momentus” or the “Company”), a U.S. commercial space company that offers satellite buses, transportation, and other in-space infrastructure services, has signed a contract with FOSSA Systems ("FOSSA"), a Spanish company that offers global low-power Internet of Things (IoT) connectivity and in-space services to provide hosted payload services starting in 2024. The contract also includes two options for additional hosted payloads. The hosted payloads will strategically complement FOSSA’s existing IoT satellite constellation with additional capacity and serve as a technology demonstrator platform independent of the future satellite launches FOSSA has scheduled for 2024 and 2025. Hosted payload support is a core Momentus offering that enables customers to focus on their payload’s objective while Momentus provides the on-orbit logistics needed to operate the payload. Integrated in Momentus’ hosted payload service offering is the supply of power, data, communications, and flexible configure-to-order options such as intersatellite communications, extended data storage, ultra-high precision pointing, and edge computing capability. "Adding to our satellite platforms, we look to expand our way of hosting communications payloads by leveraging on existing launch opportunities, namely the Vigoride. We look forward to collaborating once again with Momentus,” said FOSSA Chief Executive Officer Julian Fernandez “Momentus provided orbital delivery services to FOSSA on the inaugural mission of Vigoride in 2022 and most recently provided mission management and integration support for the launch of the FOSSASat FEROX satellite in June 2023,” said Momentus Chief Executive Officer John Rood. “We’re pleased that FOSSA has selected Momentus again to support its growing needs and the innovation they are bringing to the market. They are a valued repeat customer and we’re always excited to help bring their ideas to life on orbit.” Momentus is currently providing hosted payload services to Caltech for its Space Solar Power Demonstrator (SSPD). The SSPD launched on Vigoride-5 in January 2023. Caltech reports that its payload recently demonstrated its ability to wirelessly transmit power in space and to beam detectable power to Earth. Momentus will continue to provide hosted payload support to SSPD over the coming months as it continues its operations. In addition to the Vigoride Orbital Service Vehicle, Momentus is now also offering its M-1000 satellite bus which is based on space-proven Vigoride. The M-1000 bus offers significant advantages to commercial and government customers such as its high power – up to 3 kW of peak power – large payload capacity, flexible configuration, speed from requirements to delivery on-orbit, and low cost. Momentus has offered the M-1000 satellite bus to both commercial constellation providers and to the U.S. Government. About Momentus Momentus is a U.S. commercial space company that offers commercial satellite buses and in-space infrastructure services including in-space transportation, hosted payloads, and other in-orbit services.

Read More

Industrial IoT

Arduino Introduces the Nano ESP32, Bringing the Popular IoT Microcontroller into the Arduino Ecosystem

Businesswire | July 18, 2023

Arduino, the open-source hardware pioneer with 32 million active developers worldwide, announced the Arduino Nano ESP32, the newest member of the Nano family that combines the openness and support of the Arduino community with the robust capabilities of Espressif’s ESP32-S3 microcontroller to bring “plug-and-play” IoT deployments for advanced enterprise use cases and hobbyist engineers. The board enables entirely new ways for makers at all levels to create projects smarter and faster. Beginners can explore in an easy-to-understand, welcoming environment, with a popular MCU supported by deep documentation and a global community of users. At the same time, more advanced users can take advantage of the Nano ESP32’s multi-language support and debugging capabilities to quickly improve their project’s performance. “Arduino is synonymous with a consistent and well-documented ecosystem, always updated and open to contribution,” said Massimo Banzi, Arduino’s co-founder, chairman and CMO. “Given the ESP32 is one of the most popular boards for IoT and prototyping, combining with the Nano form factor meets our community’s needs and expectations by providing both the best technology and the best experience.” “With the launch of Arduino Nano ESP32, we aim to empower developers, makers, and innovators with a comprehensive platform that seamlessly integrates the power and versatility of Espressif's hardware with the simplicity and accessibility of Arduino's ecosystem.” said Teo Swee-Ann, CEO of Espressif Systems “We share a common vision of democratizing technology and fostering an open and collaborative ecosystem. We're excited about the opportunities this partnership will unlock and the incredible projects it will fuel.” The Nano ESP32 supports both Micropython and Arduino programming languages, providing a clear path for those already familiar with one platform to easily switch back and forth as needed. It also features plug-and-play debugging with the Arduino IDE 2, which eliminates the need for any external hardware or third-party software and makes developing robust projects easier than ever before. Powered by the ESP32-S3 (Ublox NORA-W106-10B) microcontroller, the Nano ESP32 packs serious performance into the Nano form factor, featuring 8 MB internal PSRAM / 16 MB external flash memory 512KB SRAM and 16KB of RTC SRAM Dual-core CPU at 240 MHz clock speed USB-C programming port The Arduino Nano ESP32 is available to order today in the Arduino Store, starting at $18. With this latest product release, Arduino continues to strengthen its position as the world’s leader in open-source hardware and software. The company recently released the UNO R4, giving the world's most popular development board massive improvements in speed, memory, connectors and connectivity options. It also became a partner in the Zephyr® Project, an open-source RTOS project at the Linux Foundation. On the business side, Arduino closed a $32 million Series B funding round last year and recently announced new offices and leadership in the United States to support the company’s largest region of business. About Arduino Arduino is the global leader in open-source hardware and software, designed from inception to provide an accessible platform and ecosystem for creativity and innovation. With over 30 million developers worldwide, Arduino’s solutions offer a powerful answer to the talent shortage in engineering and break free from vendor lock-in with a robust line of open-source products enabling IoT, automation, Industry 4.0 and machine learning at the edge. Hundreds of thousands of engineers, designers, students and makers around the world are using Arduino to innovate in product development, education, industrial automation, smart homes, farming, fashion, music, autonomous vehicles and more.

Read More

Enterprise Iot, Devices

emnify Introduces Unprecedented SIM-based Functionality with User-Adaptive eSIM Launch

businesswire | July 26, 2023

emnify, a leading provider of global cellular connectivity solutions, has announced the launch of its unique IoT eSIM platform. The emnify IoT eSIM, anchored in the eUICC architecture, is a technological first, placing previously inaccessible functionalities in the hands of users, unlocking adaptability and scalability in IoT connectivity. As an industry pioneer, emnify proudly takes the lead in deploying eSIM as the default SIM platform. This innovative move introduces new functionalities to the emnify IoT SuperNetwork. Available across all form factors, the new emnify IoT eSIM supplies customers with a flexible and reliable cellular connectivity solution. This solution is continuously optimized without the hassle of physically swapping outdated SIM cards. It can also be personalized by customers to meet the needs of specific IoT use cases, such as optimized battery consumption for remote deployments and preferred access technologies for high bandwidth scenarios. IoT devices often face challenges such as a limited lifespan due to design and power constraints, and the need to adapt to new radio access technologies. The emnify IoT eSIM tackles these issues head-on, providing a technological foundation that’s truly future proof. It enables enterprises to update tailored SIM profiles and configurations according to their specific IoT applications and device power requirements. This positions it as an optimal solution for businesses seeking greater operational capabilities beyond the industry’s conventional offerings. "The new emnify IoT eSIM is a generational technology shift, not only in leveraging previously unavailable SIM capabilities, but also in how IoT connectivity is delivered," said Frank Stoecker, CEO and co-founder of emnify. "By overcoming the limitations of how eUICC technology is applied, we make sure that emnify’s customers benefit by individualizing SIMs to their needs, and benefit from the most advanced and reliable cellular connectivity solution available." As a central pillar of emnify’s global IoT SuperNetwork, the eSIM platform gives enterprises unrivaled control over their connectivity and seamless integration with their IoT application stack. The launch of the new emnify IoT eSIM platform represents a significant milestone in the IoT industry’s evolution. It stands out as the first IoT connectivity service allowing customers to tailor an essential element like the SIM in real-time and at scale. This aligns seamlessly with emnify’s mission to become a leader in the cloud-transformation of cellular IoT connectivity. About emnify emnify is the leading cloud building block for cellular communications in the IoT stack, connecting millions of IoT devices globally – from electric vehicles to energy meters, alarm systems to GPS trackers, thermometers to health wearables. The emnify API and new eSIM technology connect and secure any kind of IoT deployment to its application back-end. emnify’s cloud-native integrations and no-code workflows ensure seamless lifecycle scalability for deployments of all sizes – from local start-up to global enterprise. The award-winning emnify IoT SuperNetwork® is the largest globally distributed mobile cloud core network of its kind, supporting local network access (2G – 5G, LTE-M, NB-IoT) in over 180 countries from more than 25 cloud regions – and counting. emnify’s solution is built on partnerships with the leading hyperscaler cloud service providers, system integrators and hundreds of radio network operators worldwide. Founded in 2014, emnify was the first to transform cellular IoT connectivity into an easy-to-consume cloud resource – trusted today by thousands of the world’s most innovative companies.

Read More