Aiming for the bright lights

18 May 2009

One of the areas of the market that remains bouyant is the LED lighting sector, and Cypress Semiconductor (www.cypress.com) has introduced the PowerPSoC family of integrated embedded power controllers - the industry's first single-chip solution for both controlling and driving high-power LEDs.

The PowerPSoC family integrates four constant-current regulators and four 32V MOSFETs with Cypress's PSoC programmable system-on-chip, which includes a microcontroller, programmable analogue and digital blocks, and memory.

Integration to this level provides customers with a single-chip solution for high-quality LED-based lighting products, and extends into other embedded applications such as white goods and industrial control. The result is end systems with fewer components, faster design cycles, lower power consumption and higher reliability. More information on the PowerPSoC family is available at www.cypress.com/go/pr/PowerPSoC.

The companion software for PowerPSoC, the PSoC Designer development tool, enables designers to quickly and efficiently program the controllers for different lighting and power options. It also allows changes late in the design cycle without having to change the circuit board layout.

"We are bringing the unique PSoC value propositions-integration, flexibility and programmable analogue - to a new set of applications and customers," said Curtis Davis, vice president of Cypress's PowerPSoC Division. "PowerPSoC represents an important step in the development of the PSoC platform, as well as the entire Cypress product line."

"General illumination, medical, and architectural LED lighting applications all stand to benefit from the combination of integration and programmability offered by PowerPSoC," stated Jeff Shepard, President of Darnell Group, Inc. "Those same applications offer long-term compound growth for the next five years of over 90%/year, as well as immediate growth potential in 2009."


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