MIMOSA, a Highly Sensitive and Accurate Power Measurement Technique for Low-Power Systems

  • Markus Buschhoff
  • Christian Günter
  • Olaf  Spinczyk
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Electrical Engineering book series (LNEE, volume 281)


In the area of wireless sensor networks, mobile computing systems and other battery-driven computing platforms it is an important task to reduce the system’s power consumption, as the usability of such a system is tightly coupled to the duration of a battery cycle. A basic task for reducing energy consumption is the creation of hardware and software energy models to find and understand existing power saving potentials. This often requires a most accurate measurement of both the energy and the timing behavior of such a system. In this chapter we will show that, especially for sub-milliampere applications such as sensor network nodes, commonly used power measurement techniques do not perform well. We introduce MIMOSA, a low-cost measurement device that uses a fast voltage regulator and analog integration circuits to overcome most of the issues existing in other approaches.


Measurement Energy Modeling 



This work was partly supported by the German Research Council (DFG) within the Collaborative Research Center SFB 876, project A4.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Markus Buschhoff
    • 1
  • Christian Günter
    • 1
  • Olaf  Spinczyk
    • 1
  1. 1.Technische Universität DortmundDortmundGermany

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