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Future Lighting Solutions Introduces Wireless Control Reference Design Based on Freescale Technology

Jun 03, 2009

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MEXICO CITY, MEXICO (June 3, 2009) – Future Lighting Solutions today announced the availability of a wireless control reference design for rapid development of wireless control applications in any industry, including wireless color mixing and light dimming for solid-state lighting applications. Jointly developed with Freescale Semiconductor, the reference design utilizes Freescale components and IEEE 802.15.4 protocols to provide highly reliable, long-range, low-power wireless connectivity.

The reference design package can be seen at the Future Lighting Solutions Booth #402 at the Expo Electrica 2009 conference that opens today in Mexico City or by emailing

“Until now, most intelligent lighting controls have been wired with protocols such as DMX-512 and DALI. Wireless solutions simplify the installation process,” said Patrick Durand, Worldwide Technical Director, Future Lighting Solutions. “We developed our reference design in conjunction with Freescale to help fixture manufacturers and wireless control engineers shorten the design cycle for remote control of color-changing LED projects, but it can be used for wireless controls of any kind, including home automation, building automation and consumer electronics.”

The Future reference design kit jointly developed with Freescale consists of transceiver, controller and slave boards incorporating three key Freescale components:
• MC13213 System in Package (SIP), which integrates a low-power 2.4 GHz radio frequency transceiver and an 8-bit microcontroller in a compact 9x9mm LGA package that can drive wireless sensing and control applications using the Simple MAC, IEEE 802.15.4 Compliant MAC or ZigBee™ protocols.
• MPR031 and MPR032 low-power capacitive touch sensor controllers, which offer high sensitivity and a specialized feature set, such as a settable capacitance range, that enables use for a wide range of applications.
• MC34673, a cost-effective fully integrated battery charger for Li-Ion or Li-Polymer batteries.

“Ongoing advances in wireless technology are enabling new applications in nearly every industrial and consumer market. The challenge in many cases is to get to market quickly and cost-effectively,” said German Hernandez, Director of Sales, Freescale Latin America. “This wireless control reference design expedites development, cuts costs and reduces risk while also allowing developers to take full advantage of the newest relevant Freescale semiconductors to achieve maximum performance in minimum space.”

The Future wireless control reference jointly developed with Freescale is available immediately in small quantities.

About Future Lighting Solutions
Future Lighting Solutions is a leading provider of LED lighting components and solution support for lighting designers and OEMs interested in taking advantage of solid state lighting technology. Future Lighting Solutions provides LED lighting knowledge, resources, programs, partners, solutions and logistics support to promote the development of LED products and installations. The company is a division of Future Electronics, the third largest electronic components distributor in the world. Both companies operate in 169 locations in 41 countries in the Americas, Europe and Asia. For more information, visit

About Freescale Semiconductor
Freescale Semiconductor is a global leader in the design and manufacture of embedded semiconductors for the automotive, consumer, industrial and networking markets. The privately held company is based in Austin, Texas, and has design, research and development, manufacturing or sales operations around the world.

Future Lighting Solutions Media Contact:
Heather Goldsmith
514 694.7710 Ext 5245

Freescale Media Contacts:
Dale Weisman
Freescale Semiconductor, Americas (512) 895-2795
Travis Williams Lois Paul & Partners (512) 638-5315

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