Avnet Memec’s latest demo kit dubbed ‘Lighthouse’ is based on the Renesas LED Lighting controller and proven Power Line Communication technology from Echelon. It provides a platform for a quick evaluation of all relevant criteria for networked controlled lighting. It targets applications like indoor lighting, entertainment, retail display, emergency lighting as well as outdoor and architectural lighting.

The system shows, very effectively, how to control LED Lighting via Power Line communication. The Lighthouse demo kit is a lowest power solution offering interoperable self-installation (ISI) and includes all the software required for control and communication which reduces development time significantly.

This board is mounted with Renesas’ RL78/I1A microcontroller with on-chip high-precision LED lighting control functions, so it can be used as a reference platform for RL78/I1A system development. RL78/I1A Group microcontrollers employ the RL78 core which realises high processing performance while delivering the lowest power consumption in their class, and realize LED control, power supply control, and communication functions on a single chip.

Echelon has developed and deployed many PLC systems. Using a minimal number of devices for repeating, the system computes the most efficient path for each packet to reach its final destination. This is a critical enabler for control applications in a building. Echelon’s power line products implement open ANSI, IEC, ISO, ETSI and SAC standards for power line communications and control available from multiple sources around the world. Standards-based technology protects customers from being locked into a single supplier. The power line smart transceivers have all functions integrated on a single chip for time- and cost-effective solutions for delivering control-networking capabilities over power lines.


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