Energy Optimization InstrumentIx Innovations today announced the general availability of its PocketPico P200 PowerMate energy optimization instrument. Designed specifically for embedded systems engineers and other low power electronics developers, PowerMate accurately measures current from 10 nA to 30 mA in a single measurement range and charts system energy usage over time. With PowerMate, developers can optimize both hardware and software for maximum energy efficiency within any development environment and on any development platform.

As developers design electronic systems requiring longer battery life, there is an increased need for measurement products that can optimize for energy efficiency without having to acquire a lab full of instrumentation not suited to the task. Many current solutions do not have the proper measurement range, provide slow and inaccurate data due to frequent range switching, are high cost, or are tied to a specific development environment.

PowerMate works as an independent tool, providing flexibility across development systems. PowerMate requires only three connections to a user’s system: two connections on a source line to measure and source system voltage and current, and one line to provide a common ground.

The PocketPico P200 PowerMate has been developed specifically for low power electronic energy optimization. It provides superior benefits such as:

  • Real-time energy profiling and graphing
  • Single measurement range, providing fast & accurate data collection
  • Independent or cooperative operation within any development environment
  • Intuitive, easy-to-learn display and control software
  • Power via USB, no external power needed

“We’ve spoken to many designers who are interested in optimizing their designs for energy efficiency, but have found existing solutions unsatisfactory,” said Brian Degnan, CTO, Ix Innovations. Consequently, they’ve been forced to estimate power consumption based on datasheet specs rather than actual data. “The PocketPico P200 PowerMate allows developers to design for maximum energy efficiency within any development environment in a portable, low cost, and user-friendly package.”

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