Microchip Introduces Lighting Communications Development Platform for Designing Communications-Enabled Lighting Applications

  Microchip Introduces Lighting Communications Development Platform for
  Designing Communications-Enabled Lighting Applications

 Eases the Creation of Lighting Systems Using Advanced PIC^® Microcontroller
                            Peripheral Integration

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CHANDLER, Ariz. -- August 8, 2013

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.”

“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.”

Pricing & Availability

Microchip’s Lighting Communications Development Platforms are available now,
including the DALI Starter Kit (part # DV160214-1, $190.00) and DMX512A
Starter Kit (part # DV160214-2, $245.00) options. Arrow Electronics is the
first distributor with kits available, and is selling them at a 20% discount
for the first 60 days. For additional information, contact any Microchip sales
representative or authorized worldwide distributor, or visit Microchip’s Web
site at http://www.microchip.com/get/JD77.


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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.

Note: The Microchip name and logo, and PIC are registered trademarks of
Microchip Technology Incorporated in the U.S.A., and other countries. Cree,
and XLamp are registered trademarks of Cree, Inc. All other trademarks
mentioned herein are the property of their respective companies.

Tags / Keywords: Intelligent Analog, Core Independent Peripherals, Flexible
Intelligence, Lighting, Power Supplies, Wireless, DALI, DMX, DMX512, DMX512A,
SSL, Solid State Lighting, CREE, Gaggione, Optics, LED


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