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Trio fuses technologies for LED lighting

Posted: 11 May 2010 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:LED? lighting solution? network? solid-state lighting?

Teridian Semiconductor, Synapse Wireless and California Eastern Laboratories (CEL) is offering a new design solution for the intelligent wireless control and energy monitoring of LED light fixtures and advanced solid-state lighting products. The comprehensive solution includes Teridian's 78M661x SoC, CEL's MeshConnect 802.15.4 product line and Synapse's SNAP network OS.

According to Bob Steele, director of Optoelectronics at Strategies Unlimited, the global market for LEDs in lighting is predicted to grow at an astonishing 44 percent CAGR over the next five years. Likewise, the demand for energy measurement capabilities in a broad range of devices and applications is also on the rise. In response, Teridian, Synapse and CEL are introducing a comprehensive, plug-and-play solution targeted to manufacturers of LED and advanced solid-state lighting products. This solution will measure the use of energy and provide intelligent control for lighting applications in an 802.15.4-based wireless network.

Teridian's 78M661x chip family enables power measurement in a range of applications that include home and building automation networks, appliances, power supplies, HVAC and communication equipment. Synapse's SNAP is a mesh network OS that provides embedded intelligence and wireless communication for engineers to design products that require remote monitoring and control, such as LED lighting and energy systems, building automation, asset management and more. CEL's MeshConnect product line, which includes ICs, modules and development kits, provides a fully integrated transceiver solution for IEEE 802.15.4/Zigbee networks that are ideal for voice, LED lighting control, solar/wind power, HVAC control, security systems, simple cable replacement, low-resolution video, asset location and AMR/AMI.

"CEL is excited about expanding its existing partnership with Synapse to now include a collaborative effort with Teridian. Each of the three partners provides an important component for intelligent wireless control and energy management for LED lighting and other solid state lighting applications," said Rich Howell, director of business development for CEL.

Last month Teridian launched the 78M6618, the second in the family of energy measurement solutions for the home and enterprise. Teridian's energy measurement SoCs offer unprecedented accuracy of better than 0.5 percent over a 2000:1 dynamic range with self calibration. The end result is the ability to measure even the smallest amounts of energy.

"We designed the 78M661x family to be a complete, ready-to-use embedded measurement solution," said Jay Cormier, Teridian VP and general manager, energy measurement and communications. "The outcome of the collaboration between Teridian, Synapse and CEL is the complete integration of electronic components and software into a reliable, cost-effective solution that enables products to come to market faster."

"Teridian is a natural extension to our partnership with CEL," said Wade Patterson, Synapse CEO. "Now the SNAP network OS and CEL's MeshConnect modules can combine with the outstanding performance of the Teridian embedded energy monitoring solution to provide exceptional value and accelerated time to revenue for our solid-state lighting customers."

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