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NXP Brings ARM Cortex-M0 to DALI and DMX512 Lighting Control Systems

NXP Semiconductors N.V. (NASDAQ: NXPI) today introduced the industry’s first development platforms for DALI and DMX512 wired lighting control systems based on the low-cost, low-power 32-bit ARM® Cortex™-M0 processor. The new evaluation systems feature an NXP LPC1100XL series microcontroller, which is uniquely suited to handle the communication requirements for intelligent lighting projects using DALI and DMX. In addition, the DMX512 system includes a master controller board with the LPC11U00, a highly flexible USB microcontroller, also based on the Cortex-M0. NXP will showcase a single system using DALI and DMX at LIGHTFAIR International next week in Las Vegas (booth 3335).

Both the DALI and DMX512 systems can be connected to any of NXP’s lamp drivers using the PWM outputs of the Cortex-M0 processor. NXP will also offer an optional evaluation system to simplify RGB LED power stage design.

“By bringing Cortex-M0 to lighting control systems using DALI and DMX512, we’re making it straightforward for lighting designers to upgrade from 8-bit microcontrollers without increasing costs. The extra-low-power options available with the LPC1100 microcontroller also make it a compelling solution for DALI lighting systems, where total energy savings are a critical factor,” said Marco Scarazzati, product applications engineer, NXP Semiconductors. “For DMX networks, the LPC1100XL offers the resources and performance required to support more sophisticated architectural and stage lighting projects.”

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