Researchers from the Mindanao State University-Iligan Institute of Technology (MSU-IIT) have created an energy efficient microchip that can help electronics companies to design devices with power-saving features.

A product of the μC-Integrated Circuit (IC) program of the Philippine Council for Industry, Energy and Emerging Technology Research and Development (PCIEERD), the microchip captures power from light sources and uses the stored energy to prolong battery life, thereby improving power management for devices.

The chip also sets itself apart from conventional chips that are commercially available today by reducing power consumption when it is not transmitting data.

The PCIEERD is hoping to find local and international companies willing to adopt the power-saving microchip in their products.

The μC-IC program has so far manufactured a sample of 100 of the chips, 25 of which passed testing and characterization processes.

The microchip project had a Php3.8 million funding and was finished in 2020.

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