Intelligent lighting solutions from Microchip

Intelligent lighting and control solutions from Microchip can meet the technical needs of lighting engineers with a large array of 8-, 16-, 32-bit PIC® microcontrollers, analog, wireless and human interface products.

A scalable Microchip solution provides significant flexibility versus that of pure analog or ASIC implementation with its advanced peripheral integration and support for all lighting technologies including LED and fluorescent. Designing with Microchip-based lighting solutions enables innovation that expands lighting product capabilities and provides product differentiation.

Intelligent lighting solutions are a key part of smart homes and buildings.

The capability to connect and control all light sources in a home or space offers many advantages, including energy savings, custom atmospheres and increased security. Microchip has the solutions, know-how and partnerships to help you successfully add cloud connectivity to your lighting product.

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Intelligence

  • Communication and networking
  • Lumen and color control
  • Environmental sensing
  • Thermal management
  • Predictive failure and maintenance
  • Day light harvesting and dimming
  • User interface and control
 

Flexible power

  • Flexible topology support
  • High efficiency power conversion
  • Fail safe monitoring
  • Energy monitoring and control
  • Energy harvesting, such as with solar
  • Battery management and charging
 

Scalable design

  • Scalable performance
    • Analog, 8-, 16-, 32-bit PIC microcontrollers
    • Simplified system modifications
  • Ease of use
    • Development tools
    • Reference designs and collateral
    • Lighting design partner specialists
  • Technical support
  • Customizable solutions
 

Scalable product solutions from Microchip Technology

8-Bit
PIC® Microcontrollers

Luminaire Ballast & LED Drivers

Walls & Remote Controls

Intelligent Control Capabilities

Communication & Networking

<100W Optimized Power Conversion

Lowest Cost

Smallest Form Factors

Product Family: PIC18, PIC16, PIC12, PIC10

 

16-Bit and 32-Bit
PIC Microcontrollers

Advanced Controllers & Luminaires

Advanced Communication & Networking

  • RF Gateways & Translators
  • Power Line Carrier (PLC)
Advanced Intelligent Control Capabilities

>100W Advanced Power Conversion

Increased Performance

Increased Lighting Channels

Product Family: PIC32®, DSC, dsPIC®DSC, PIC24

 

Analog

Up to 450V Analog Products

Discrete Power Conversion

Complementary PIC MCU Attach

Products: Voltage Regulators, MOSFET Drivers, Temperature Sensors

 

Wireless

WiFi® 802.11 Modules

ZigBee® RF4CE

MiWi 802.15.4 Modules

Infrared/IrDA®

LoRa®

 

Communication & networking products

Further intelligence includes the ability to create lighting networks that communicate across distances, from local to remote locations. This allows for the ability to increase aesthetics, energy savings and reduce maintenance with items such as fixed light output and color in large lighting arrays from street lamps to large rooms, monitoring light output and providing real-time operating issues.

Additionally, this provides the ability to integrate lighting into other technologies such as security systems or home automation. Aesthetically, lighting control offers the ability to support custom mood lighting by varying brightness, color and color temperature as well.

Wired protocols

  • DALI
  • DMX512
  • 0-10V
  • PLC
  • LIN
  • CAN
  • RS232/RS485
  • USB LS/FS
  • Ethernet
  • USB
 

Wireless – transceivers and modules

  • WiFi® 802.11 modules
  • ZigBee®, RF4CE, MiWi 802.15.4 modules
  • Stacks for PIC MCUs
  • Infrared/IrDA®
  • LoRa®
 
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LoRa surface-mount modules

Microchip’s long-range low-power end node solution
With the growing Internet of Things, Microchip has a LoRa® technology wireless solution to address increasing demands on end-devices for long range connectivity, low-power for battery operation, and low infrastructure cost for volume deployment. Microchip’s LoRa technology solution is ready to run out-of-the box and with the complete LoRaWAN protocol and certifications in place, it reduces time to market and saves development costs.

Search now: RN2903A-I/RM098 | RN2483

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LED drivers for human centric lighting

Gone are the days of standard overhead fluorescent lights that result in fatigue, eye strain and uncomfortable working environments. Human centric lighting (HCL) is the understanding that there are often discrepancies between natural light and artificial light which can result in a powerful effect on our productivity, mood and can even impact our overall health.

Selecting the right LED driver is a key component to creating an effective HCL product design.

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Benefits of designing human centric lighting systems

Businesses can benefit by adopting a more human-centric approach to the lighting in offices, factories and other buildings. Improving employee productivity, health, emotional stability and overall comfort can be as simple as incorporating lighting systems that complement the natural cycle of light.

Advancements in LED technologies allow designers to create dynamic lighting systems that match our bodies’ natural circadian rhythm and boost the existing natural light within a space with carefully tuned artificial lights. Designing lighting systems that are geared toward minimizing the discrepancies between natural and artificial light require engineers to have tools that provide a high level of control over several different aspects of light.

Systems that aim to improve the quality of light require high color rendering index (CRI), correlated color temperature (CCT) compensation and the ability to adjust level of light at just the right time.

Characteristics and requirements

To achieve human centric lighting, the solution has to have certain key features:

  • Quality of light: The ripple or flicker index of the solution should be low enough to not impact the quality of light produced.
  • Color mixing: The ability to mix different color temperature lights to produce light that is close to the person’s mood and/or time of the day.
  • Dimmable: Capabilities to dim the intensity of the light according to the mood.
  • Wireless connectivity: The ability to be able to change the color and intensity of the light through wireless control.

 

Reference Design: HV9961 with Bluetooth® Control

Microchip has developed a reference design that demonstrates how customers can drive two different temperature color LED strings and how to control the desired color through Bluetooth® communication. This solution combines a buck LED driver (HV9961) with an 8-bit microcontroller (PIC16F15313) which communicate through UART with the Bluetooth module (RN4871) to create an intelligent LED lighting system solution. This demo combines a Bluetooth low energy module which includes a Bluetooth 4.2 baseband controller, on-board Bluetooth stack, digital and analog I/O and RF power amplifier into one solution.

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GBL - Microchip HV9961 LED Driver

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Average-Current mode Constant-Current control

HV9961 is an average current mode control LED driver IC operating in a constant off-time mode. This control IC does not produce a peak-to-average error, and therefore greatly improves accuracy, line and load regulation of the LED current.

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GBL - Microchip HV9861A LED Driver

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LED driver IC operating in a constant off-time mode

The HV9861A is a patented, average-mode, constant current control LED driver IC operating in a constant off-time mode

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Open loop, current mode, buck LED driver IC

The HV9910B is an open loop, current mode, buck LED driver IC. The HV9910B can be programmed to operate in either a constant frequency or constant off-time mode.

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GBL - Microchip HV9805 LED Driver Module

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Driver IC targeted at general LED lighting products

HV9805 driver IC is targeted at general LED lighting products, such as LED lamps and LED lighting fixtures with a maximum power rating of about 25W at 120 VAC and about 50W at 230 VAC

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