IXYS Corporation (NASDAQ: IXYS), a manufacturer of power semiconductors
and integrated circuits for energy efficiency and power management
applications, today announced the release of a reference design and
demonstration board for a 200W AC LED Driver with Power Line Interface
in collaboration with Echelon Corporation (NASDAQ:ELON). Applications
include remotely controlled and monitored municipal and
private-installation lighting with remote control convenience features.
This integrated reference design simplifies and reduces the cost of
adding power management and control features to lighting installations.
By specifying drivers based on this design, end customers deploying LED
street lighting can enjoy an additional 30% energy savings and extend
asset life relative to deploying LED lights with no controls.
The 200W AC LED Driver Demonstration Board integrates Zilog's Z8F2480
MCU and Echelon's ISO 14908.3 based PL3120 powerline transceiver module
in a 200W AC LED driver to remotely turn LEDs on and off, regulate LED
brightness, and provide information to the host about power consumed by
the driver in addition to input voltage, load current, power factor, and
LED board temperature values. The board is powered from a single-phase
AC line with a 90-305 VAC voltage range. Relative to implementing
controls through a separate controller per light, an integrated driver
with controls can save the end customer nearly 40% in acquisition costs.
"Many of IXYS' products are well suited for applications such as power
and energy management across all major industrial segments, and Echelon
hasa wide range of technology solutions that meet today's energy
management needs," said Steve Darrough, IXYS' Vice President of
"By collaborating with IXYS, we can make it faster and less risky for
our OEM customers to develop integrated LED drivers and provide their
end customers with very significant operational savings. Integrating the
controls into the driver as opposed to having controls be implemented in
a separate box reduces the acquisition cost for end customers and
improves the payback from lighting efficiency projects," said Varun
Nagaraj, Echelon's Senior Vice President and General Manager.
About Echelon Corporation
Echelon, with its company headquarters in Silicon Valley, California
(NASDAQ: ELON), develops, markets and supports the world's most proven,
open standard, multi-application energy control networking platform.
Echelon's vision, from its inception 20 years ago, is one of low-cost
embedded monitoring and control technology in every
electrically-controlled device in the world. Echelon's platform powers
energy-saving applications for smart grids, smart cities, and smart
buildings that help customers save 20% or more on their energy usage.
Today Echelon offers, directly and through its partners worldwide, a
wide range of innovative solutions including smart metering, smart grid
optimization, smart street lighting, and smart buildings. For more
information, visit http://www.echelon.com/.
About IXYS Corporation
IXYS Corporation makes and markets technology-driven products to improve
power conversion efficiency, generate solar and wind power, and provide
efficient motor control for industrial applications. IXYS offers a
diversified product base that addresses worldwide needs for power
control, electrical efficiency, renewable energy, telecommunications,
medical devices, electronic displays, and RF power. For more
information, visit our websites at http://www.ixys.com,
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of historical fact, including the performance, features and suitability
of products for various applications, may be deemed to be
forward-looking statements. There are a number of important factors that
could cause the results of IXYS to differ materially from those
indicated by these forward-looking statements, including, among others,
risks detailed from time to time in the Company's SEC reports, including
its Form 10-Q for the fiscal quarter ended June 30, 2013. The Company
undertakes no obligation to publicly release the results of any
revisions to these forward-looking statements.
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