FAR_cirrusFarnell, the Leeds-based leading multi-channel distributor of electronic and industrial components, is continuing the expansion of the range of products it offers that support customers tasked with producing cost-effective, energy efficient designs. The latest additions are Cirrus Logic’s CS1500 and CS1600 power factor correction (PFC) controller ICs. The new devices, ideal for use in power supply and lighting ballast applications, are the industry’s first digital PFCs that surpass analog versions in terms of both performance and price.

Supported by comprehensive technical data and support plus discussion forums on element14 – Farnell’s technology portal and eCommunity, design engineers now have fast access to over 200 products from Cirrus Logic’s broad range of components for audio and energy applications. The CS1500 and CS1600 digital PFC ICs improve energy efficiency across all load conditions and simplify system designs by enabling external component counts to be reduced by more than 30 percent.

“Increasingly stringent regulatory requirements regarding energy efficiency have heightened the need for high performance, cost-effective PFC controllers,” said Richard Curtin, Farnell’s Segment Manager for Semiconductors Passives and Optoelectronics. “With the transition from analog to digital PFC underway, these new products, that Farnell is pleased to be able to offer and provide design-in support for, set the standard in this important market sector.”

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