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.
The Chicago Auto Show has long been a haven for truck introductions, and this year’s edition was no exception. Chevrolet, Nissan, and Toyota all showed off new trucks, while competitors rolled out concept cars and production vehicles.
A tiny new MEMS-based reed switch may enable engineers to reduce the size of the electronic circuitry in devices ranging from ingestible endoscopes and hearing aids to insulin delivery systems and brake fluid monitors.
Visitors to this year's Pacific Design & Manufacturing Show will have an opportunity to boost their electronics acumen, thanks to a series of Learning Labs covering topics ranging from medical sensors to smart packaging.