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.
Mentor Graphics acquisition of XS Embedded GmbH last week could be meaningful for automotive electronics engineers, potentially enabling them to accelerate design and verification of products ranging from infotainment packages to autonomous safety systems.
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