IXYS Corporation (NASDAQ: IXYS), a manufacturer of power semiconductors and integrated circuits for energy efficiency and power management applications, today announced the release of a reference design and demonstration board for a 200W AC LED Driver with Power Line Interface in collaboration with Echelon Corporation (NASDAQ:ELON). Applications include remotely controlled and monitored municipal and private-installation lighting with remote control convenience features. This integrated reference design simplifies and reduces the cost of adding power management and control features to lighting installations. By specifying drivers based on this design, end customers deploying LED street lighting can enjoy an additional 30% energy savings and extend asset life relative to deploying LED lights with no controls. The 200W AC LED Driver Demonstration Board integrates Zilog’s Z8F2480 MCU and Echelon’s ISO 14908.3 based PL3120 powerline transceiver module in a 200W AC LED driver to remotely turn LEDs on and off, regulate LED brightness, and provide information to the host about power consumed by the driver in addition to input voltage, load current, power factor, and LED board temperature values. The board is powered from a single-phase AC line with a 90–305 VAC voltage range. Relative to implementing controls through a separate controller per light, an integrated driver with controls can save the end customer nearly 40% in acquisition costs. “Many of IXYS’ products are well suited for applications such as power and energy management across all major industrial segments, and Echelon has a wide range of technology solutions that meet today’s energy management needs,” said Steve Darrough, IXYS’ Vice President of Marketing. “By collaborating with IXYS, we can make it faster and less risky for our OEM customers to develop integrated LED drivers and provide their end customers with very significant operational savings. Integrating the controls into the driver as opposed to having controls be implemented in a separate box reduces the acquisition cost for end customers and improves the payback from lighting efficiency projects,” said Varun Nagaraj, Echelon’s Senior Vice President and General Manager.