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Lighting the Way to a Greener Future: Infineon's LCC Design Tool

Lighting the Way to a Greener Future: Infineon's LCC Design Tool

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As someone who has been working in the lighting industry for many years, I am an ambassador of energy-efficient lighting. Did you know that lighting accounts for roughly 20% of the global electricity consumption? All the more I am convinced that the LCC design tool from Infineon will be a game-changer for the lighting industry. That's why I'm excited to share with you in this blog post about the potential of the LCC design tool from Infineon. 😄

The LCC design tool is a revolutionary new tool that saves designers time and paves the way for a broader use of highly energy-efficient topologies such as PFC + LCC, resulting in a greener world. With the LCC design tool, I believe we can revolutionize the way designers approach energy-efficient lighting, helping to reduce electricity consumption and promote a greener future.

What is the LCC design tool and how does it work?

Infineon's LCC tool is a groundbreaking addition to the market, as there has been no such tool in the market before. This tool facilitates LED driver companies to design PFC + resonant topology for constant current output. Currently the PFC + LCC topology is designed with an iterative approach that is very time consuming. With the new LCC tool customers can enter their key parameters and the tool will provide them the necessary data to design their circuit.

By avoiding above-mentioned iterative approach, engineers can reduce their time and effort to design the circuit by more than 50 percent. Sounds interesting, right? Before you continue thinking of how to use the time saved by using this tool, let me explain to you how it actually works:

How does it work?

The LCC design tool from Infineon is incredibly easy to use. To get started, simply enter your design parameters into the tool. From there, the tool will extract all the necessary data to design your circuit. This streamlined approach can save designers up to 50% of their time during the entire design process, making it easier and faster to create energy-efficient lighting solutions.

But that's not all - by using the LCC design tool, you'll also be contributing to a greener planet. By creating energy-efficient lighting solutions, you can help reduce electricity consumption and promote sustainable practices in the lighting industry. So not only is the LCC design tool incredibly effective, it's also a socially responsible choice for designers looking to make a positive impact on the environment.

HY_0-1679400335769.pngFigure 1. Process in using LCC Design Tool

What are the benefits of using the LCC design tool?

Well, as I previously mentioned – it will save a lot of time. And I think the next fact is just as important this, because LCC design tool opens up the usage of highly efficient topologies such as PFC + LCC, which has the potential to reduce the carbon footprint significantly. This topology is 5 to 6 percent more efficient than competing topologies like PFC/flyback + buck and it is best-suited version of PFC + resonant topology due to the wide output voltage range that can be achieved, offering high efficiency of up to 94 percent. It is widespread in LED driver designs and is usually used for power ranges greater than 100 W by most LED driver vendors, where the topology benefits are most prominent.

What are suitable solutions for this topology?

For  this topology Infineon has a very well-suited controller, called ICL5102 / ICL5102HV, which can fulfill the PFC and resonant functions. These ICs can be operated at a maximum frequency of up to 500 kHz continuously due to their particular architecture, which helps to minimize the bill-of-materials, especially for passive components. By using these ICs an efficiency increase of 5-6 percent of the LED drivers can be offered to lighting fixture customers without or with a negligible cost adder.

sss1.jpgFigure 2. ICL 5102 and ICL5102HV

In addition, high-voltage MOSFETs out of the 600 V CoolMOS™ P7 and 950 V CoolMOS™ PFD7 families can be used at the PFC and half bridge. 

How to get started with LCC Design Tool?

Dive into it and test it right away by clicking here, or watch the 3-minute short video below to get the details on how Infineon’s LCC design tool works.