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WE HAVE SOLVED A MAJOR PROBLEM FOR IoT DEVELOPERS.

A solution with close to zero power consumption in idle mode.

WHAT WE DO

Nanopower builds and markets its own line of modules.

We have developed a technology able to reduce the power consumption of any wireless communication chip. It reduces power consumption in idle mode down to a fraction of what any other chip can offer today.

Power consumption and power management is a key factor in most IoT applications. The Nanopower solution can in many cases be the enabling factor.

A WELL-KNOWN PROBLEM

Many IoT applications depend on low power consumption; install and forget it. Otherwise, the cost of maintenance and replacements will be prohibitive.

The percentage of time spent in idle mode is in many cases over 99%. A typical system wakes up based on movement or a schedule, it records sensor data and wireless sends this wireless, all within 10 milliseconds, before going back to sleep. All chip manufacturers have successfully focused on the power consumption while transmitting. However, wireless chips waste a lot of power while on idle mode – doing nothing.

OUR SOLUTION

Nanopower manages to reduce the power consumption of any wireless chip to 10 nanoampere in idle mode, a fraction of the original chip. This power consumption is extremely low, in fact few are even able to measure it. Our performance is verified by the R&D team of Nordic Semiconductors and can be tested by any potential user. Some examples of applicable low power IoT systems are wireless sensors, data loggers, consumer electronics and other communication equipment.

HOW IT WORKS

Nanopower’s patent pending technology works by modifying the chip’s system architecture. Our IPR is inserted die on die or as a separate component and takes control when the system switches to idle mode. First, all relevant system state parameters are saved, then the wake-up timer is set and the main system power is completely cut off. While in the Nanopower sleep mode, our system consumes virtually zero power due to the underlying subthreshold technology.

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If there were no power consumption in idle mode, systems could improve life span from 1 to 10+ years

Nanopower technology can increase the IoT device life span up to 10-fold.

Enable designers to reduce battery size considerably. Saving on battery cost, and maybe more importantly, the creation of smaller size systems

PRODUCTS

nP-ZERO

PowerZero is a module designed to be inserted in a system in order to take control of the peripherals power management while the host is kept in its lowest power state.

nP-BLE52

NP BLE52 is a module based on the Nordic NrF52 master device, with the same low-power features as the nP-Zero.

ROAD MAP

The market for wireless chips is not one single market but an increasingly wide mix of consumer products and industrial installations.

In battery powered IoT systems, the key parameter is often power consumption. The industry has made great advances in power consumption in active mode but not much in idle mode, until now!

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BLE

Initial version itegrated with nRF52 from Nordic Semiconductors

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Increased functionality

Accelerometers and other sensors can be monitored and readings stored in a low power state. Sensor readings can be set to wake-up the chip through a dedicated API

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Chip agnostic

The same approach applied to BLE have been made available to most wireless chips

COMPANY PRESENTATION

Nanopower is a company incorporated in Norway. It is based on the knowledge the founders gained from various IoT projects, where some of the key learnings were related to the importance of power management.

The company ́s operations are split between Norway and Portugal. Technical development and technical staff are in the city of Porto, where production also takes place.

Nanopower is owned by the original founders, supported by a group of experienced Norwegian hi-tech investors.

The company has a strong link to Nordic Semiconductors, the world leader in Bluetooth Low Energy. We believe that by teaming up with the best-in-class technology, and adding important and novel features to further enhance the performance of an already best-selling chip, we are offering a unique product to our clients.

KEY PERSONELL

Tore Irgens Kuhnle

CEO

Experience from finance, energy, and technology companies. He has been heavily involved in investment decisions, transactions, restructurings, and strategy work as consultant, investment manager for private equity and hedge funds, and director of boards. Management experience includes leading a group of specialized consultants. He holds an MSc in Industrial Economics and Technology Management.

William Xavier

CTO

IC Design specialist with 20+ years’ experience on the semiconductors industry with specialisation on wireless communications. Deep expertise in SoC design and development and responsible for several advanced project with key players in the industry including European Space Agency (ESA), CSR, Microchip, RovingNetworks, Broadcom. Researcher in the area of Subthreshold micropower analogue circuits. Degree in Electronics from Institute of Telecommunications from Universidade de Aveiro in Portugal.

André Grytbakk

CMO

Experienced manager from the hospitality industry. Last 4 years involved in Bluetooth Low Energy development projects.

João Neto

Director

Entrepreneur and early stage investor. Founder of several technology companies, including NDrive (Navigation software), Petapilot (Business Intelligence) and NMusic (Content streaming). Previous experience as co-founder and manager of Novabase, an IT Services company that went public in 2000. Background in Computer Science and Electrical Engineering.

Odd Harald Hauge

Chairman

An economist with experience from finance and media who has founded a long list of companies, most notably the first internet-only newspaper in Europe (1996), now a very profitable company. Has been a consultant to the board of directors in Nordic Semiconductors, a world leader in Bluetooth Low Energy, for several years. Has presently several investments within the wide field of Internt of Things.

Finn Haadem

Board Member / Advisor

30 years' experience in running his own investment company, specialist in Venture Capital and Private Equity.

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