Infineon Enhances Online Design Tool for LED Lighting

March 01, 2012 by Jeff Shepard

Infineon Technologies enhanced its online design solution Infineon Light Desk, adding additional features and the support for a new series of ac-dc off-line LED drivers.

The Infineon Light Desk is an interactive, cloud-based design and verification environment that enables selection and configuration of LED driver ICs in a broad range of applications. Using the Infineon Light Desk, design engineers can identify the LED driver ICs that meet their specific system requirements. For the selected LED driver, the tool creates a custom design displayed in an interactive web schematic. Users can analyze the design performance by running system simulation models based on the Transim WebSIM® remote simulation technology.

With the offered redesign functionality users can optimize the proposed LED driver design. Infineon Light Desk offers to download instantly the Bill of Material for the final design as well as a comprehensive design summary report that includes design data, schematic and simulation results. Users can save designs for future reference as well as collaborate on designs with other users within a secure shared workspace. Additionally, the tool has an offline simulator SimT powered by SIMetrix/SIMPLIS: The simulator allows users to run their reference designs offline which enhances the simulation time. Users can directly download the simulator from the Infineon Light Desk. The Infineon Light Desk already supports custom designs for new high power dc-dc LED driver ICs (ILD series) as well as linear LED driver ICs (BCR3x and BCR4x series) for general lighting applications.

Furthermore, the Infineon Light Desk now supports the design-in for the recently introduced series of ac-dc off-line LED drivers. Used in lighting applications operated directly from the ac mains input, such as LED retrofit lamps, the new LED drivers support dimming and non-dimming applications. The ICL8001G and ICLSx LED driver family employs quasi-resonant and fixed-frequency operation modes with integrated power factor correction. Through the implementation of an innovative primary control technique, excellent system efficiencies with significant reduced component count can be achieved. This enables compact designs for integration in standard screw based form factors used in LED retrofit lamps.

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