LEDagon reference system accelerates solid-state lighting designs

March 15, 2012 // By Julien Happich
Arrow Electronics, Cree, Haeusermann and Kathrein Austria have released LEDagon, a unique LED lighting reference kit to showcase a variety of solid-state lighting technologies including thermal management solutions, innovative printed circuit boards, sensors and other electronic components in a straightforward manner that is easy to understand. LEDagon provides companies with an opportunity to implement product ideas quickly and economically with market-leading suppliers.

The companies have formed a partnership that offers a complete spectrum of technologies and services to meet all needs, ranging from design support, through the integration of state-of-the-art technologies, to assembly and component procurement.

The reference design is based on HSMtec, a copper/FR4 printed circuit board technology developed by Haeusermann. HSMtec enables optimized thermal management for high-power LEDs and arrays, high current capabilities and multidimensional PCB structures for individual lighting- and product-design. LEDagon also adds intelligent control electronics featuring a microcontroller and Xlamp high-performance LEDs from Cree that enable new application areas for LED lighting. Parameters, including position, direction, brightness and temperature, can all be managed via the sensor-based controller. Capacitive buttons and sliders on the housing can be used for setting different operating modes. A seven-segment display shows the current operating mode. Software updates can be downloaded via a mini USB 2.0 interface. A Windows host application is integrated that allows the user to control the system remotely, analyse results or install firmware updates. Energy supply is via a standard DC power supply.

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