Managing power for Internet of Things (IoT) devices is a challenging task because the devices must always be powered up and can be located anywhere, including harsh, remote environments. It is often impossible to run a wire to a device, so wireless power transfer — transferring power across an air gap with no solid conducting medium present — is critical. Where wireless power transfer is not feasible, a device that locally harvests solar energy, mechanical motion or heat to power itself is an alternative. IoT devices benefit from requiring low power for operation, so low-power IC design is vital.
To wirelessly power devices such as wearables, implantable medical devices and electric vehicles, electricity can be directed via magnetic inductive coupling or electromagnetic radiation. But designing such systems is complex, and requires engineering simulation to complete the design in a timely, cost-effective manner. Safety is also an important for wireless power systems, because electromagnetic fields can harm living things. ANSYS simulation tools, including human body models, assist you to design and analyze a variety of power delivery systems, including their impact on the human body.
When designing energy harvesting systems, you must consider the energy source, transducer type, power efficiency, required power levels and energy storage. ANSYS delivers a wide range of electronics and semiconductor simulation tools that work together seamlessly to take all these factors into consideration. Our comprehensive engineering simulation product portfolio gives you the capability to safely, efficiently, and cost-effectively design systems that capture, convert, control, condition, and deliver power to IoT devices.