Microchip Introduces Lighting Communications Development Platform For Designing Communications

Top Quote Eases the creation of lighting systems using advanced PIC® microcontroller peripheral integration. End Quote
  • (1888PressRelease) August 20, 2013 - Bangalore, India - Microchip Technology Inc., a leading provider of microcontroller, mixed-signal, analog and Flash-IP solutions, has launched its Lighting Communications Development Platform. This full-featured, universal lighting development platform provides all of the components required to create a DMX512A or DALI lighting network, offering users a complete "out-of-the-box" experience. This enables lighting engineers to design intelligent lighting and control systems with a large array of Microchip's 8, 16 and 32-bit PIC® microcontrollers; and analog, wireless, and human-interface solutions.

    The Starter Kit includes two main boards, two communications-interface adapters (DALI or DMX512A), one prototype board and the required cables/power supplies. Designers new to lighting communications can quickly and easily start creating connected lighting applications via a simple board-to-board network. This platform utilises a single, low-cost 8-bit PIC MCU for the user interface, LED control and communications. Software development is based on the free Microchip DALI and DMX512A libraries, which are written in C and can be ported to any PIC microcontroller. Additionally, the kit features the Cree® XLamp® MC-E Colour LED, enabling high-lumen output in a small form factor, along with a LEDnLIGHT collimator LLC19N optic and holder by Gaggione for high-quality colour mixing and tight beam control. Industry-standard lighting communication connectors and isolation devices are also included.

    With the ability to create fully customised lighting solutions, this new platform greatly reduces costs and provides quicker time to market via Microchip's free DMX512A and DALI software libraries. By utilizing a PIC MCU, lighting engineers can add numerous feature enhancements into their smart lighting infrastructure designs, including increased efficiencies, reduced costs and an improved user experience. Additionally, the platform enables easy integration into an existing lighting communication network for the development of advanced network applications.

    "Microchip is collaborating with industry leaders in LED Lighting, such as Cree, Inc., at all levels of our product development and definition," said Steve Drehobl, vice president of Microchip's MCU8 Division. "These unique relationships give us a greater understanding of what is required to accelerate the market transition to solid-state lighting. With our corporate focus on Intelligent Lighting and Control, we are providing solutions that allow solid-state lighting to realise its full potential by enabling a smart lighting infrastructure."

    "We are excited to be working with Microchip, to help enable our common customers," said David Cox, director of alliance development, Cree, Inc.

    "They are developing innovative, yet cost-effective, solutions that provide the flexibility necessary to address the requirements of the lighting marketplace. Microchip is known throughout the industry for its high level of quality and customer support, and they are the perfect fit to enable this market."

    Microchip's Lighting Communications Development Platforms are available now, including the DALI Starter Kit (part # DV160214-1) and DMX512A Starter Kit (part # DV160214-2) options. Arrow Electronics is the first distributor with kits available, and is selling them at a 20% discount for a limited period only. For additional information, contact any Microchip sales representative or authorised worldwide distributor, or visit Microchip's website at http://www.microchip.com/get/JD77.

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    • DALI Starter Kit Photo: http://www.microchip.com/get/PSD3
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    About Microchip Technology
    Microchip Technology Inc. (NASDAQ: MCHP) is a leading provider of microcontroller, mixed-signal analog and Flash-IP solutions, providing low-risk product development, lower total system cost and faster time to market for thousands of diverse customer applications worldwide. Headquartered in Chandler, Arizona, Microchip offers outstanding technical support along with dependable delivery and quality. For more information, visit the Microchip website at http://www.microchip.com/get/MN7E.

    For more information, please contact:

    Daphne Yuen (Microchip): (+852) 2943 5115 (email: daphne.yuen ( @ ) microchip dot com)
    Rohini A.V (PRHUB) 09986499342 (email: rohini ( @ ) prhub dot com)

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