Cirrus enters LED lighting market
Cirrus Logic is the latest chip supplier to enter the LED lighting market with its first digital LED controller, writes Richard Wilson.
The company claims to have a way of tackling dimmer compatibility issues that are a feature of LED lights.
“Several years ago Cirrus Logic identified the growing LED market as an area where we could leverage our signal processing expertise and solve meaningful engineering challenges,” said Jason Rhode, Cirrus Logic president and CEO.
Factors for adoption of LEDs in general lighting include cost but also compatibility with dimming circuits already installed in homes. Dimmer incompatibly problems can result in flicker.
“Solving the challenges of dimmer compatibility was enormously complex, and we’re pleased that one of the largest LED lamp manufacturers has showcased our first LED controller precisely because it provides near-perfect compatibility with every installed dimmer from around the world that we could find and test,” said Rhode.
The CS161X controller is in high volume production with a tier-1 lighting company, said Cirrus Logic.
“We expect to ship between 5-10 million LED controllers during calendar year 2012,” said Cirrus.