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.
Could our view of distant galaxies be obstructed by a lawnmower? That unlikely question is at the heart of a growing debate between the National Radio Astronomy Observatory and a robot manufacturer that seeks to build self-guided lawnmowers.
Design News readers spoke loudly and clearly after our recent news story about a resurgence in manufacturing -- and manufacturing jobs. Commenters doubted the manufacturers, describing them as H-1B visa promoters, corporate crybabies, and clowns. They argued that US manufacturers aren’t willing to train workers, preferring instead to import cheap labor from abroad.
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