The RL78 is an interesting choice for the reference design target. If I remember correctly, this MCU has a special Snooze Mode that puts the device into a low power mode that can handle simple interface requirements without CPU overhead. Maybe this mode is being used to reduce power even more than standard low power techniques?
As we unveil EE Times’ 2015 Silicon 60 list, journalist & Silicon 60 researcher Peter Clarke hosts a conversation on startups in the electronics industry. Panelists Dan Armbrust (investment firm Silicon Catalyst), Andrew Kau (venture capital firm Walden International), and Stan Boland (successful serial entrepreneur, former CEO of Neul, Icera) join in the live debate.