NXP Brings ARM Cortex-M0 to DALI and DMX512 Lighting Control Systems
Posted on May 03, 2012 at 05:00 AM EDT
Low-Cost, Low-Power 32-Bit Microcontrollers Enable Feature-Rich Commercial, Architectural and Entertainment Lighting Applications in Wired Networks
EINDHOVEN, THE NETHERLANDS -- (Marketwire) -- 05/03/12 -- NXP Semiconductors N.V. (NASDAQ: NXPI) today introduced the industry's first development platforms for DALI and DMX512 wired lighting control systems based on the low-cost, low-power 32-bit ARM® Cortex-M0 processor. The new evaluation systems feature an NXP LPC1100XL series microcontroller, which is uniquely suited to handle the communication requirements for intelligent lighting projects using DALI and DMX. In addition, the DMX512 system includes a master controller board with the LPC11U00, a highly flexible USB microcontroller, also based on the Cortex-M0. NXP will showcase a single system using DALI and DMX at LIGHTFAIR International next week in Las Vegas (booth 3335), and a preview of the demo is available here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rDwgyXcZb58
Both the DALI and DMX512 systems can be connected to any of NXP's lamp drivers using the PWM outputs of the Cortex-M0 processor. NXP will also offer an optional evaluation system to simplify RGB LED power stage design.
"By bringing Cortex-M0 to lighting control systems using DALI and DMX512, we're making it straightforward for lighting designers to upgrade from 8-bit microcontrollers without increasing costs. The extra-low-power options available with the LPC1100 microcontroller also make it a compelling solution for DALI lighting systems, where total energy savings are a critical factor," said Marco Scarazzati, product applications engineer, NXP Semiconductors. "For DMX networks, the LPC1100XL offers the resources and performance required to support more sophisticated architectural and stage lighting projects."
Cortex-M0: A Simple Choice for DALI and DMX512
Low-Cost Options for USB Connectivity
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"As energy prices rise and green building regulations go into effect around the world, we expect strong growth in the use of DALI lighting control networks that enable businesses to save energy while enhancing comfort, convenience and productivity. In architectural and entertainment lighting, recent advances in LEDs have opened new opportunities for lighting control networks using DMX512," said Jan Willem Vogel, senior director of marketing, Appliances, Energy and Automation segment, NXP Semiconductors. "Our latest DALI and DMX512 systems show how the power of 32-bit microcontrollers can deliver tremendous value by supporting the ever-increasing complexity of lighting network nodes -- without adding cost. From wired lighting and control networks using DALI, DMX and KNX, to wireless solutions using JenNet-IP and ZigBee, NXP now offers a full range of energy-efficient options for intelligent lighting networks in homes, buildings and outdoor settings."
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