Microchip says that the development kit enables designers to leverage the capabilities of its dsPIC33 GS series of digital signal controllers. Together, the controller and reference design reportedly enable designers “to create a 100% digitally-controlled ballast function, while including advanced features, such as dimming and color hue control.”
Applications include dimmable LCD backlighting, signage, LED replacement bulbs, architectural lighting, and automotive lighting, such as daytime running lamps and signal lights, as well as the automakers’ Holy Grail – headlights.
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For industrial control applications, or even a simple assembly line, that machine can go almost 24/7 without a break. But what happens when the task is a little more complex? That’s where the “smart” machine would come in. The smart machine is one that has some simple (or complex in some cases) processing capability to be able to adapt to changing conditions. Such machines are suited for a host of applications, including automotive, aerospace, defense, medical, computers and electronics, telecommunications, consumer goods, and so on. This discussion will examine what’s possible with smart machines, and what tradeoffs need to be made to implement such a solution.