Products, Materials + Tools | Jul 09, 2009

Future Lighting Solutions to Showcase Wireless Reference Design

Future Lighting Solutions today announced that it will demo a new IEEE 802.15.4-based Wireless Lighting & Control Reference Design jointly developed with Freescale Semiconductor on Thursday, July 16, in a 3:30 (EDT) webinar.

The session will discuss the benefits of using ZigBee® technology to build wireless control applications such as wireless color mixing and light dimming for solid-state lighting applications.
  
Registration is available through www.futurelightingsolutions.com. The session is part of Freescale’s three-day Virtual Freescale Technology Forum, July 14-16, 2009.
  
The Future Lighting Solutions and Freescale reference design is intended to enable rapid development of wireless control applications in any industry. Components include Freescale’s MC13213 System in Package (SIP), which integrates a low-power 2.4 GHz radio frequency transceiver and an 8-bit microcontroller in a compact 9x9mm LGA package that can drive wireless sensing and control applications using the Simple MAC, IEEE 802.15.4 Compliant MAC or ZigBee protocols.
   
One recent use of ZigBee technology is in ultra-thin LED wayfinding signs built in a collaborative effort among Future Lighting Solutions and multiple third-party companies. The signs were designed to use a ZigBee-based wireless dimming control system that is capable of automatically adjusting sign brightness based on ambient light.
  
For that project, Future Lighting Solutions supplied minimum 100-lumen LUXEON® Rebel LEDs from Philips Lumileds for custom LED light modules. Future’s proprietary Usable Light Tool was used to calculate how many LEDs would be required to light the signs. Future engineers also assisted in identifying dimmable LED drivers and optics that fit the needs of the project.
  
About Future Lighting Solutions:
Future Lighting Solutions (www.futurelightingsolutions.com) is a leading provider of LED lighting components and support services for solid-state lighting products and installations, including engineering expertise, concept development, full system solutions and online tools that accelerate quality application development. The company is a division of Future Electronics.
   
About the Virtual Freescale Technology Forum:
The Virtual Freescale Technology Forum (FTF) is an online supplement to Freescale’s existing global FTF program. Created to inspire innovation and collaboration, FTF has become the developer event of the year for the embedded semiconductor industry. The Forum, which debuted in 2005, has drawn more than 28,000 attendees at FTF events worldwide since its inception. For more information about Virtual FTF, go to: www.freescale.com/vftf.

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