Development Kit Allows Ease And Convenience

July 12, 2017
Powercast offers the P1110-EVAL-01 development kit for power connectivity to any device.

The P1110-EVAL-01 development kit that enables manufacturers of smart, connected devices to easily design and deploy them using Powercast's wireless power technology. The kit includes Powercast's FCC-approved Powercaster transmitter (FCC ID: YESTX91501, IC #: 8985A-TX91501), battery recharging boards in typical device shapes (wristbands, smart cards), a Powerharvester evaluation board, Powerharvester receiving antennas, two BLE radio boards, and a first generation of a new PowerSpot transmitter.


The Powercaster transmitter targets commercial and industrial wearables, smart cards, and sensor applications, enabling a wireless powering range of one to 80 ft. depending on the end device and application. Wireless recharging can allow hermetically-sealed, washable wearables like heated jackets and illuminated safety vests to recharge while hanging in a closet; make smart bands used by cruise lines or theme parks reusable and more functionally robust with display interaction or audible messages that would normally drain batteries; and eliminate the need for battery replacement in access control smart cards. The smaller PowerSpot transmitter is a first-generation subassembly, intended for manufacturers to embed in their products so they become sources of wireless power themselves, able to automatically charge multiple devices around them.


In Powercast's patented wireless power technology, the transmitter sends RF energy (radio waves) to the Powerharvester embedded in a device, which converts it to DC (with up to 75% efficiency) to directly power that device or recharge its batteries. Operating across a wide RF power (as low as -17 dBm) and frequency (10MHz to 6GHz) range, Powercast's PCC110 Powerharvester chip maintains high conversion efficiency amid changing parameters like distance and state of battery charge. The technology is designed and tested to meet both U.S. and global standards for user safety and device interference.


Powercast's P1110-EVB evaluation board, including two antenna configurations, is included for further hands-on development with the Powerharvester receiver. The kit, configured for out-of-the-box operation, includes iOS and Android Apps. Attaching BLE radio boards to the wristband or credit card battery recharging boards allows developers to transmit measured charge current and battery voltage via BLE live, for cable-free monitoring. This enables testing of both configurations on recharging boards simultaneously.


  • PowerSpot Transmitter (TX-91502-ASSEMBLY)
  • Power and Data Transmitter (TX91501-3W-ID)
  • P1110 Evaluation Board (P1110-EVB)
  • Patch antenna (PA-915-01)
  • Dipole antenna (DA-915-01)
  • Watch Shaped Battery Recharging Board (EVAL-FLEX1-PCB)
  • Credit Card Shaped Battery Recharging Board (EVAL-CC1-PCB)
  • Radio Boards (EVAL-RB1-PCB)