Microchip Technology Inc. (NASDAQ: MCHP), a leading provider of microcontroller, mixed-signal, analog and Flash-IP solutions, today announced 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 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 high-quality color mixing and tight beam control. Industry-standard lighting communication connectors and isolation devices are also included.
With the ability to create fully customized 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 realize its full potential by enabling a smart lighting infrastructure.”