ISELED Alliance expands to further drive market entry of the “digital LED”
Belgian semiconductor player Melexis joins ISELED Alliance
Munich, 27 September 2018 – Melexis, a global semiconductor manufacturer, becomes the newest member of the open ISELED Alliance that was formed to develop and market an innovative in-vehicle LED lighting concept – the "digital LED". Melexis joins a number of existing members including Inova Semiconductors, Dominant Opto Technologies, Lucie Labs, OLSA Group, NXP, TE Connectivity, Pforzheim University and Valeo.
The ISELED Alliance is committed to creating an ecosystem, which delivers a complete solution based upon the ISELED concept including both hardware and software. The core product is a “Digital” RGB LED that is integrated into a tiny package. In addition to the simplification of LED control, the innovative approach enables new extensions of the functionality of LED lighting in automobiles.
The next generation of in-car lighting will feature hundreds of LEDs, typically in the form of flexible light strips each comprising many single RGB LEDs, which need to be individually controlled to produce dynamic effects. Each “Digital LED” on the strip consists of a single red, green and blue LED with the ISELED controller integrated in the same package. The “Digital LEDs” can be daisy-chained. Up to 4,079 of them can be connected via a differential bus at a speed of 2 Mbps. They will be controlled by a single external master controller such as the S32K microcontroller series of NXP. This will effectively make new applications and lighting controls possible for applications where the relatively slow LIN bus is not suitable. With a data rate of 2 Mbps light effects at true video speed are possible with the ISELED system. With the application software developed by Alliance member Lucie Labs, fascinating lighting effects may be created and simply controlled by an app on a smartphone.
“Melexis is proud to join the ISELED alliance and to actively contribute to one of the most innovative fields within the automotive industry - lighting,” commented Michael Bender, Product Line Manager Lighting Products at Melexis. “As a global automotive semiconductor supplier, we are always focused on innovation and technology evolutions. Today, we provide multiple ICs and IC-sets to enable cost efficient and innovative lighting implementations within the automotive industry thereby enabling a bright future. We want to use this knowledge to further develop ISELED into an accepted industry standard as well as to enable additional application fields”.
„The Melexis entry into the Alliance further underlines the acceptance of ISELED as a highly innovative technology, including the associated ecosystem,” stated Robert Kraus, CEO at Inova Semiconductors and a founding partner of the Alliance. “We will announce additional new members – major players like Melexis - to the Alliance very soon, further strengthening this unique technology concept and enabling new and exciting LED lighting features in the next generation of cars. “
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About the ISELED Alliance
The ISELED Alliance is an open alliance with the objective to provide an ecosystem - a complete system solution for automotive lighting – around the ISELED technology. The Alliance was announced together with ISELED on November 8th, 2016 at the electronica 2016 fair in Munich. The first products to become available include a complete demo kit. More information: www.iseled.com
Combining a passion for technology with truly inspired engineering, Melexis designs, develops and delivers innovative micro-electronic solutions that enable designers to turn ideas into applications that support the best imaginable future. The company’s advanced mixed-signal semiconductor sensor and actuator components address the challenges of integrating sensing, driving and communication into next-generation products and systems that improve safety, raise efficiency, support sustainability and enhance comfort. Melexis is headquartered in Belgium and employs over 1,500 people in 20 locations worldwide. The company is publicly traded on Euronext Brussels (MELE). More information: www.melexis.com