LED Update: Daintree, Marvell, Orama, PowerSecure, Solais

Daintree Networks, a provider of networked wireless control solutions for smart buildings, and Marvell Semiconductor are collaborating to provide open-standard ZigBee wireless capability integrated into smart lighting products.

The joint effort is focused initially on using Marvell products to enable integrated wireless LED drivers that allow LED fixtures to interoperate with Daintree’s open-standard ControlScope product.

Orama, a supplier of LED drivers, is the first company implementing this capability into its driver product line. By implementing integrated wireless LED drivers, fixture manufacturers eliminate the need for a separate wireless adapter commonly used in today’s deployments of commercial wireless lighting control. Installation is also easier with integrated wireless drivers. Drivers are pre-installed during factory fixture assembly, eliminating more expensive field assembly often required when connecting separate wireless adapters to standard drivers. Integration dramatically reduces total equipment, installation and commissioning project costs by $75 to $100 per fixture, enabling rapid market adoption of wireless control solutions by building owners, according to Daintree.

Unlike existing analog control, integrated digital wireless control allows users to add advanced LED control features such as tunable white color control and granular device-level power and performance monitoring.

At Lightfair International (April 23-25, 2013), Daintree and Marvell will be exhibiting an end-to-end LED ZigBee wireless lighting control that includes Daintree’s ControlScope system and Orama’s OCC20W-Z LED driver built with Marvell’s 88EM8801 LED driver and 88MZ100 wireless microcontroller. Orama’s integrated wireless ZigBee LED driver will be commercially released at the end of Q2-2013.

In other LED news, PowerSecure International has acquired Solais Lighting, which has a proprietary portfolio of LED lamps and fixtures for commercial and industrial applications. The acquisition strengthens PowerSecure’s existing LED business with additional product lines and an expanded customer base, and adds skill sets around product design, product commercialization, manufacturing and materials sourcing. PowerSecure paid the stockholders of Solais $6.5 million in cash plus 675,160 shares of PowerSecure common stock and assumed approximately $0.2 million in negative working capital for a total transaction value of $15 million.

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