Cirrus Logic entered the LED market in March 2012 with the first product in its roadmap of LED controllers, the CS161X family, which focused on solving dimmer compatibility issues. Fundamental to Cirrus Logic’s LED product family is the company’s digital TruDim technology, which was the result of a three-year investment in TRIAC interface algorithms, LED driver topologies and system architectures. TruDim digital intelligence allows the controller to identify the type of dimmer in use and adapt its dimmer compatibility algorithm to provide smooth dimming in much the same way the consumer has come to expect from decades of using incandescent light bulbs.“Cirrus Logic’s roadmap of digital LED controllers is helping LED retrofit lamp manufacturers accelerate consumer adoption by solving critical challenges such as dimmer compatibility and color quality,” said Will Draper, strategic marketing manager for LED Lighting Products. “The CS163X family builds upon the near-perfect dimmer compatibility of our first family of digital LED drivers, the CS161X family, by adding two-channel color mixing technology to create improved light quality with up to 30 percent more energy savings compared to single-channel white LED bulbs. Having established performance benchmarks in both dimming and color quality, future generation products will focus on lowering system costs while maintaining this performance leadership.” Market Background LED retrofit bulbs are considered by many as the heir apparent to incandescent and compact fluorescent lamps, due to their superior energy efficiency and long life. Key barriers to mass adoption have been higher cost and, like compact fluorescent lights (CFL), poor dimmer compatibility and color quality. The challenge posed by color quality improvements represents a significant opportunity for solid-state lighting (SSL) technology, given that consumers are largely dissatisfied with the color quality performance of existing CFLs. Improved color quality is a fundamental advantage for LEDs due to their more uniform optical characteristics. As a result, SSL products can more closely replicate the user experience of incandescent lighting by simultaneously delivering warm correlated color temperature (CCT) with high Color Rendering Index (CRI).
Market analyst firm Datapoint Research estimates that the LED lamp market in ambient lighting applications will grow from around 200 million units in 2011 to around one billion units by 2015.Pricing and Availability The CS163X is currently in volume production. It is available in a 16-pin SOIC package and is priced at $1.06 (USD) in quantities of 100,000. Cirrus Logic, Inc. Cirrus Logic develops high-precision, analog and mixed-signal integrated circuits for a broad range of innovative customers. Building on its diverse analog and signal-processing patent portfolio, Cirrus Logic delivers highly optimized products for a variety of audio and energy-related applications. The company operates from headquarters in Austin, Texas, with offices in Tucson, Ariz., Europe, Japan and Asia. More information about Cirrus Logic is available at www.cirrus.com. Cirrus Logic, Cirrus, and TruDim are trademarks of Cirrus Logic Inc. All other product names noted herein may be trademarks of their respective holders. Safe Harbor Statement Except for historical information contained herein, the matters set forth in this news release contain forward-looking statements, including any plans for the development of future generation products and estimates of the future growth of the LED lamp market. In some cases, forward-looking statements are identified by words such as "expect," "anticipate," "target," "project," "believe," "goals," "opportunity," "estimates," "intend," and variations of these types of words and similar expressions. In addition, any statements that refer to our plans, expectations, strategies or other characterizations of future events or circumstances are forward-looking statements. These forward-looking statements are based on our current expectations, estimates and assumptions and are subject to certain risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially. These risks and uncertainties include, but are not limited to, failure of our new products to gain market acceptance; failure of the LED lamp market to grow as anticipated; and the risk factors listed in our Form 10-K for the year ended March 31, 2012, and in our other filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, which are available at www.sec.gov . The foregoing forward-looking statements represent our outlook as of the date of this news release, and we undertake no obligation to update or revise these statements, whether as a result of new developments or otherwise. Photos/Multimedia Gallery Available: http://www.businesswire.com/cgi-bin/mmg.cgi?eid=50268116&lang=en