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Lighting control, Atmel style

This is the last stop on our current tour of Atmel’s extensive lighting portfolio. Thus far, we’ve highlighted the AVR AT90PWM microcontroller and talked about how Atmel MCUs are used to light up both fluorescent and HID ballasts, as well as drive television direct backlights/industrial displays and various high voltage edge-lit TV topologies.

Today we’re going to be taking a closer look at lighting control, Atmel style. Indeed, our microcontrollers come with pre-tested and pre-certified software modules to speed prototyping, eliminate certification testing, keep costs in line and improve interoperability.

“More specifically, the single-chip ATmega128RFA1 supports wireless communication and touch functionality which makes the chip a great choice for capacitive touch remote control applications,” an Atmel engineering rep told Bits & Pieces. “Plus, the embedded Atmel BitCloud software stack offers provides a software development platform for reliable, scalable and secure wireless applications running on Atmel wireless platforms.”

According to the engineering rep, (lighting) remote controls are ideal candidates for high-performance Atmel AVR microcontrollers – with or without integrated capacitive touch and wireless capabilities, as well as for Atmel power line communications (PLC) system-on-a-chip (SoC) solutions with full digital implementation.

“In short, Atmel solutions give you design choices to fit your lighting control application needs. For example, you can choose a single-chip Atmel AVR microcontroller with integrated secure wireless and capacitive touch Atmel QTouch library, or a non-specific Atmel AVR microcontroller that you can match with a range of external low-power, standard-compliant transceiver options,” he added.

Interested in learning more about lighting control, Atmel style? Be sure to check out our official device breakdown here.