Compact Power Measurement Tool For IoT

Development tool enables IoT energy optimization

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Test equipment developer Qoitech announced that its compact power measurement tool for IoT applications is now available from Digi-Key Electronics. The Otii solution allows developers simplify power measurement of applications and devices, especially those targeting the IoT space and aiming for optimized, long battery life.

The Otii solution includes a compact and portable measuring unit, the Otii Arc, and an easy-to-use, comprehensive desktop app for Ubuntu, Windows, and macOS. The intuitive Otii UI allows real-time analysis, making it easier to see what drains the device’s battery. 

The Otii solution combines the measurement capabilities of several different test and measurement hardware tools into the Otii Arc, a device that helps developers to easily pinpoint which sections of code, associated peripherals, and hardware contributes most to the application’s power consumption.

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Otii Arc is powered by a PC’s USB port or an external 7.0 – 9.0 V power supply, and provides power to the target application whilst measuring and displaying power consumption from below 1 µA up to 5 A without the need to manually change the settings.

Apart from measuring power consumption, the Otii Arc along with Otii software can also monitor additional analog and digital signals, allowing application subsystems to be monitored in parallel to the main power input. Any serial data, from 9600 bps to 4 Mbps, output by the target can also be synchronously captured and time-stamped.

Qoitech’s Otii software, which runs on Windows, macOS and Ubuntu Linux, allows the developer to quickly review power consumption from their development PC and share and compare the results easily with colleagues, customers, and suppliers.

“The software significantly increases usability when compared to traditional test and measurement tools that require results be displayed on the tool itself, or require them to be exported for later analysis in a spreadsheet without the test settings and related context of the application”, the company noted.

“Our Otii software package is available via our website, enabling developers to trial the user interface with an example project or review measurements made by colleagues,” said Vanja Samuelsson, Founder of Qoitech.

“By combining current measurement, voltage measurement and debug logs output by the target’s serial interface, developers acquire a significantly improved view of their IoT application’s power consumption, allowing them to guarantee a battery life of up to 10 years for some applications”, the company added.

The Otii solution comes with a standard software license, but with the additional purchase of an Otii Premium License developers can access the battery profiling, simulation and scripting capabilities of the Otii software.

Using the Lua scripting language, the Otii Arc can be used to profile batteries, allowing different batches of the same cell to be compared, or to evaluate their performance under environmental conditions that more closely match that of the application.

The Lua scripting also enables automated testing, allowing longer-term tests to be run without human intervention.

Otii solution is available to ship immediately from Digi-Key Electronics.

More information: https://www.qoitech.com/pressrelease/otii-now-in-stock-at-digi-key

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