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Microchip Debuts Lighting Communications Development Platform
[August 13, 2013]

Microchip Debuts Lighting Communications Development Platform

Aug 13, 2013 (Close-Up Media via COMTEX) -- Microchip Technology Inc., a provider of microcontroller, mixed-signal, analog and Flash-IP solutions, announced its Lighting Communications Development Platform.

According to the company, 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 an 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 start creating connected lighting applications via a simple board-to-board network. This platform utilizes 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 Color LED, enabling high-lumen output in a small form factor, along with a LEDnLIGHT collimator LLC19N optic and holder by Gaggione for color mixing and tight beam control. Lighting communication connectors and isolation devices are also included.

With the ability to create fully customized lighting solutions, this new platform greatly 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 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 realize 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 and DMX512A Starter Kit options.

Microchip Technology Inc. is a 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.

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