MILPITAS, USA & BIEL, SWITZERLAND: IXYS Corp. announced the release of its 2nd generation IXOLAR SolarBIT products, which are made of high-efficiency monocrystalline solar cells. The IXOLAR SolarBITs are ideal for charging many types of battery-powered off the grid products. The products are offered as a component so customers can assemble them at ease to incorporate solar charging into their products.
The wide range of applications include remote sensors, battery powered lights, wireless self powered security devices and systems, and hand-held consumer products such as flashlights, mobile phones, cameras, PDAs, MP3 players and more. They are also suitable for industrial applications, portable instrumentation, portable battery powered tools, portable medical devices, automotive toll transponders, portable radios and for charging emergency back-up batteries.
“With cell efficiency of up to 22 percent measured at a wafer level, SolarBIT products offer the ability to extend run time even in low light conditions, plus increase battery life and run time in a small footprint which can be easily accommodated in the design of portable products,” says Nathan Zommer, IXYS CEO and chairman.
“The design allows the connecting of SolarBITs flexibly in series and/or parallel to perfectly meet application power requirements. This is part of our cleantech product strategy to provide sustainable energy solution for the industry and the consumer. Some of our solar based products are featured in our website, showcasing the versatility and applications of our SolarBIT products.”
IXYS’ new IXOLAR product mix offers multiple current and voltage ranges to accommodate differing application requirements. In addition, IXOLAR products have a very good response rate over a wide wavelength range and therefore can be used in both indoor and outdoor applications.
The form factor of 2nd Generation IXOLAR SolarBIT products as such KXOB22-12X1, KXOB22-04X3, and KXOB22-01X8 is as small as 22mm x 7mm x 1.6mm, which permits easy integration into miniature products. Typical voltage and current ratings are 0.5V/44.6mA, 1.5V/13.38mA, and 3.4V/3.8mA, respectively.