EM8502- PMU & DC Energy Harvesting Controller

Power Management Controller with Multi-Cell Solar Harvesting

General Description

The EM8502 is an integrated power management solution for low power applications. It is designed to simplify the design of application using multiple solar cells in series that can be directly connected to the application and storage elements.

The device is designed to speed-up system start-up time when the main energy storage element (aka Long Term Storage – LTS) is completely discharged or insufficiently charged to supply the application, by using a secondary energy storage element (Short Term Storage - STS).

When solar energy is high enough the device connects the solar cell to STS or LTS to maintain the supply of the application, while charging the rechargeable element.

The EM8502 is capable of working with a variety of energy elements as secondary storage, namely re-chargeable batteries, supercapacitors or conventional capacitors. In all cases the EM8502 maintains its fast start-up capability that depends only on the harvester conditions and the STS capacitor value.

A USB connection to an external power source is available on the EM8502 for fast charge of the long term storage element.

The EM8502 integrates voltage supervisory functions. Minimum and maximum voltages are controlled on the LTS element to prevent damage to the energy storage element. Harvester minimum voltage monitoring allows disconnecting the solar cell from the storage elements to avoid leakages. Output voltages are kept in a safe range for the application.

To perform granular power management of the application, the EM8502 integrates four independent supply outputs and a sleep mode offering the capability to switch off part or all the supplies.

The EM8502 is available in QFN24 package.


  • Multi-Solar cell platforms
  • Wearable systems
  • Beacons and wireless sensor networks
  • Industrial and environmental monitoring
  • Battery operated platforms


  • Flexible operation with different energy banks
    • Secondary cell battery
    • Capacitors (gold-cap, super-cap)
  • Fast start-up on any energy storage
    • Dual energy storage elements
    • Start-up on solar cell or on battery
  • Power management control
    • Multiple independent supply outputs
    • Sleep mode and wake-up functions
    • User programmable under-voltage and over-voltage levels
  • Configurable application voltage
    • Battery voltage
    • LDO
  • Limited external components
    • Device configurations are stored in on-chip E2PROM
    • Dynamic configuration through a SPI or I2C interface
  • Extended power management status
    • Battery on protection mode
    • LTS/STS connection status
    • Minimum/Maximum voltage warning
    • USB connected
EM8502 Fact Sheet (429.81 KB)429.81 KB
EM8502 Data Sheet (1.38 MB)1.38 MB

EM Microelectronic provides two development tools to easily implement intelligent powered application.

  • The EMDVK8502 allows to control all the power management aspects around the EM8502 helping in setting up the application.
  • The EMEVB8502 is a simpler but versatile board design for a quick and simple application set-up. Whereas it doesn’t offer the complete measurement set of the EMDVK8502 it shares with it an easy usage for a fast application prototyping.

The configuration of the EM8502 can be performed through its wizard.


EM8502 Wizard (340.41 KB)340.41 KB
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EM8502-A005-LF24B+Available on demand2'500$1.85Order now

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