Systel Releases Family of Digital Power Management ICs for Lighting and Building Control ApplicationsMay 01, 2007 by Jeff Shepard
Systel Development and Industries Ltd., a mixed-signal semiconductor specialist in the field of Digital Configurable Power Management ICs, announced that it will soon premiere and demonstrate the technology of its IDC2000 ICs family and Evaluation Kit for applications in lighting and energy saving building control systems. This will include multi-channel ballast functionality which the company claims has never previously been seen, deploying different lamps per channel, each driven separately, from PC or via wall control using power line communication as well as on the spot configuration of the IDC2000 using the PDK design tools. Both ballast and wall control evaluation units are powered by Systel’s IDC2000.
The ICs are a family of novel single chip controllers, a concept based on Systel’s Universal Power Management Mixed-Signal SoC Controller (UPMC) technology. The UPMC proprietary architecture is a breakthrough System-on Chip digital based concept for Power Control and Power Management evolved by Systel during decades of research and development. Its IDC2000 implementation, the second generation of its digital power controller ICs, and applications in the lighting and building control field are based on broadly patented technology and methods containing all the required endproduct functions for its field, including street lighting.
In Lighting, the IDC2000 IC family is able to implement almost any type of power topology and control function that a designer could imagine to create newly featured high performance networkable/dimmable and non-networkable multi-lamp electronic ballasts at the lowest market price.
A single IDC2000 IC enables innovative multi-channel topologies for dimmable or non-dimmable multi-lamp and multi-fixture ballast solutions (central ballast). A ballast with this multi-channel topology can operate any combination and type of linear or compact fluorescent, LED or HID lamp, with each lamp individually controllable and protected for full On-or-Off control or dimming to the lowest level determined by the design. Lamps will be driven by the highest standards and specifications envisioned by the designers. In PLC dimmable multi-fixture configurations each fixture can be controlled separately and use different types of lamps, located at varying distances without affecting light quality, at a price competing with that of simple non-dimmable ballasts.