The Lighting Communications Development Platform from Microchip is a full-featured, universal lighting development platform that provides all of the components required to create a DMX512A or DALI lighting network. The new platform enables lighting engineers to design intelligent lighting and control systems with a large array of Microchip’s 8-, 16-, and 32-bit PIC microcontrollers, as well as 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. The platform utilizes a single, low-cost 8-bit PIC MCU for the user interface, LED control, and communications.
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 included.
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.