Products, Materials + Tools | Oct 23, 2008

Web-Based Electronic Design Automation Tools for LUXEON Power LEDs

Philips Lumileds and Future Lighting Solutions have introduced the first comprehensive suite of online Electronic Design Automation (EDA) tools designed to speed the prototyping and development of solid-state lighting solutions for general lighting applications such as task lamps, recessed downlights, outdoor lighting and shop lighting.

Freely available through both companies’ web sites, the suite includes tools that provide analysis and data on LED selection, reliability, lifetime, thermal management, and detailed models for optical, electrical and mechanical design. These tools guide developers through the critical elements of SSL system design on a step-by-step basis.
  
The suite’s Usable Light Tool and LED Reliability Tool enable designers to quickly and simply choose the most appropriate LED for their application, comparing expected performance of comparable LEDs in a variety of environments. Engineers can run unlimited “what if” analyses for light output, efficacy, junction temperature, drive current, thermal characteristics and lifetime before committing development and financial resources for prototyping.
 
The electrical, optical and mechanical models for LUXEON Rebel and LUXEON K2 are available in the most common file formats. For electrical development, SPICE analysis is easily conducted with National Semiconductor’s Webench® or Linear Technology’s LTspice. The library models also work with Cadence OrCad®, Altium™ Designer and CadSoft™ Eagle for easy schematic entry and board layout. Models for mechanical layout are provided in standard 2D and 3D CAD file formats. Optical source models and high, medium and low resolution Ray Sets allow for detailed optical analysis and modeling.

The tools are available free to all designers at both www.philipslumileds.com/resources/design and www.futurelightingsolutions.com/services/tools.asp.
About Philips Lumileds:
Philips Lumileds is the world's leading provider of power LEDs for everyday lighting applications. The company's recent records for light output, efficacy and thermal management are direct results of the ongoing commitment to advancing solid-state lighting technology and enabling lighting solutions that are more environmentally friendly, help reduce CO2 emissions and reduce the need for power plant expansion. Philips Lumileds' LUXEON LEDs are enabling never before possible applications in the general lighting, automotive, digital imaging, display, and signage markets. More information about the company's LUXEON® LED products and solid-state lighting technologies can be found at www.philipslumileds.com.
  
About Royal Philips Electronics:
Royal Philips Electronics of the Netherlands (NYSE: PHG, AEX: PHI) is a diversified Health and Well-being company, focused on improving people’s lives through timely innovations. As a world leader in healthcare, lifestyle and lighting, Philips integrates technologies and design into peoplecentric solutions, based on fundamental customer insights and the brand promise of “sense and simplicity”. Headquartered in the Netherlands, Philips employs approximately 128,000 employees in more than 60 countries worldwide. With sales of EUR 27 billion in 2007, the company is a market leader in cardiac care, acute care and home healthcare, energy efficient lighting solutions and new lighting applications, as well as lifestyle products for personal well-being and pleasure with strong leadership positions in flat TV, male shaving and grooming, portable entertainment and oral healthcare. News from Philips is located at www.philips.com/newscenter.
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