Smart Energy Management and Low-Power Embedded System Design
In SPIE Newsroom, o.A., volume o.A., pages o.A., Apr/2011.
There is growing demand for miniaturized smart sensors that are embedded in sensorial materials and smart actuators. In these applications, each sensor and actuator node provides a sensor, electronics, data processing, and communication. Increasing miniaturization and sensor-actuator density are making it challenging to design an appropriate network, data processing architecture, and energy supply. Decentralized network and data processing architectures are preferred, but energy supply is still typically centralized. A decentralized energy supply with local energyharvesting technologies, such as solar cells or thermo-electrical sources, could only be used to deliver low electrical power due to technology or size constraints.