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A method for variable-rate data sampling is proposed for the purpose of low-power data acquisition in a small footprint microsystem. The procedure enables energy saving by utilizing dynamic power management techniques and is based on the Adams-Bashforth and Adams-Moulton multistep predictor-corrector methods for ordinary differential equations. Newton-Gregory backward difference interpolation formulae and past value substitution are used to facilitate sample rate changes. It is necessary to store only 2m+1 equispaced past values of t and the corresponding values of y, where y=g(t), and m is the number of steps in the Adams methods. For the purposes of demonstrating the technique, fourth-order methods are used, but it is possible to use higher orders to improve accuracy if required.