November 5, 2009 -- Practicing engineers are always learning and perfecting their craft. With the demand for more portable, battery-powered devices and energy harvesting on the horizon, the requirements for even lower-power designs have gotten more challenging.
At first, designers wrestled with saving milliamps, then microamps. Today, it is all about saving nanoamps. As a result, designers have to elevate their thinking to another level. Extreme low-power embedded design requires a tool cache of careful component selection, circuit design, and smart use of microcontroller extreme low-power features.
By Steven Bible. (Bible is a principal applications engineer with Microchip Technology, Inc.)
This brief introduction has been excerpted from the original copyrighted article.