Cypress Webinar Focuses on Designing with High-Brightness LED

Cypress Semiconductor Corp. (NYSE:CY) announced that it will host a free online seminar that examines the most common problems experienced in designing with high brightness LEDs and how they are simplified by Cypress’s new EZ-Color(TM) HB LED controller family. The 60-minute seminar entitled “Breakthrough, Code-Free High Brightness LED Designs,” will be presented in conjunction with CMP Media’s Electronic Engineering Times on Wednesday, July 18 at 9:00 a.m. PDT.

High brightness LEDs have become a popular alternative in architectural and entertainment lighting, LCD backlighting and other applications. Manufacturer binning, heat-related changes over time and other issues present designers of LED solutions with a range of unique problems. The online seminar explores these problems and looks at how Cypress’s EZ-Color solution enables designers to address these challenges without C or Assembly programming. Interested parties can find additional information and register for the seminar online.

About the EZ-Color Family
Cypress’s new EZ-Color family of high brightness (HB) LED controllers pairs with PSoC Express(TM) software to deliver a complete design solution for growing applications such as architectural lighting, general signage, rechargeable flashlights, entertainment lighting, emergency vehicle lighting and more. The two biggest problems that HB LED engineers face today are having to account for differing LED performance specifications based on manufacturing bins and the LEDs’ degradation (such as output flux, wavelength etc.) over different temperatures. With PSoC Express, designers simply select a color from a gamut presented on-screen. Pre-loaded manufacturers’ bin specifications and temperature feedback algorithms are automatically applied to the selected design and programmed into the EZ-Color controller. This can save anywhere from weeks to months of design time for a complex design.

The EZ-Color controllers are also powered by Cypress patent pending PrISM(TM) (Precise Illumination Signal Modulation) technology. The PrISM modulation technology significantly reduces low-frequency flicker and radiated electro-magnetic interference (EMI) — common problems with HB LED designs. In addition to technological and ease-of-design advantages, EZ-Color controllers can support up to 16 LED channels, compared to four or five channels for competitive devices. The additional channels can mean a savings of dozens or even hundreds of controllers in very large designs, saving on design complexity, power consumption and board space. Designers also have the flexibility to add additional functionality to the EZ-Color controllers, including battery charging, motor control and other features.

About Cypress
Cypress delivers high-performance, mixed-signal, programmable solutions that provide customers with rapid time-to-market and exceptional system value. Cypress offerings include the PSoC(R) Programmable System-on-Chip(TM), USB controllers, general-purpose programmable clocks and memories. Cypress also offers wired and wireless connectivity solutions ranging from its WirelessUSB(TM) radio system-on-chip, to West Bridge(TM) and EZ-USB(R) FX2LP controllers that enhance connectivity and performance in multimedia handsets. Cypress serves numerous markets including consumer, computation, data communications, automotive, industrial, and solar power. Cypress trades on the NYSE under the ticker symbol CY.

Cypress, the Cypress logo, PSoC and EZ-USB are registered trademarks, and EZ-Color, PSoC Express, PrISM, Programmable System-on-Chip, WirelessUSB and West Bridge are trademarks of Cypress Semiconductor Corporation.