Despite the looming IPv4 apocalypse, a new lighting system coming out of NXP Semiconductors promises an "IP address for every light bulb." The GreenChip "smart lighting solution" incorporates NXP chipsets into both LED and compact fluorescents to enable dimming, extended lifespans, quick start times, and IP connectivity -- via IPv4 or IPv6. Proprietary network software allows users to control their bulbs from smartphones, PCs, and other devices, enabling them to fiddle with mood lighting -- including adjusting color -- via a specific IP address. So at least when IPv4 doomsday finally descends someone will have their lighting just right. Video and PR after the break.
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An Internet Address for Every Light Bulb
NXP's GreenChip Smart Lighting Solution Opens an Entirely New Dimension in Energy Efficient Lighting
EINDHOVEN, NETHERLANDS--(Marketwire - May 16, 2011) - What if every light bulb had its own unique Internet IP address? The possibilities are endless: You could monitor, manage and control every light bulb from any Internet-enabled device -- turning lights on and off individually, dimming or creating scenes from your smartphone, tablet, PC or TV -- to save energy as well as electricity costs. Your "smart lighting" network could have dozens or even hundreds of appliances connected through a wireless network designed for maximum energy savings, communicating information about their environment, about power consumption levels, and alerting you to any problems. Today, NXP Semiconductors (NASDAQ: NXPI) is introducing its GreenChip™ smart lighting solution that makes the Internet-enabled, energy-efficient lighting network a reality -- not only for businesses, but also for consumers trying to make the most of energy savings in the home.
Beginning tomorrow at LIGHTFAIR International, NXP and partners TCP and GreenWave Reality will be showcasing a consumer-ready, Internet-enabled Smart Lighting network powered by the GreenChip smart lighting solution in the NXP booth (no. 2823) and TCP booth (no. 2659).
"The GreenChip smart lighting solution signals a fundamental shift in the way we interact with lights -- at home, in the office, even outdoors," said John Croteau, senior vice president and general manager, power lighting solutions and high performance RF, NXP Semiconductors. "By bringing together wireless IP connectivity with our energy-efficient lighting and power conversion technologies in a compact, low-cost solution, we are transforming the way we design, control and manage lights. For individual consumers, Smart Lighting means highly personalized, intelligent lighting environments -- lights that turn on and off when and where you need them, at the desired level of brightness -- while saving power and electricity costs. Our smart lighting solution also brings us one step closer to the 'Internet of Things' -- a world in which every home appliance can be monitored and controlled via an IP address -- at a very compelling price point for consumers."
GreenChip Smart Lighting Technology
NXP's GreenChip smart lighting solution reduces the requisite electronics to the size, cost and power consumption to fit in an everyday light bulb. It brings together wireless IP connectivity, energy-efficient lighting and low standby power (down to 50mW) in a compact, low-cost solution, which enables new ways to control lights and manage energy consumption.
The GreenChip smart lighting solution is available in two versions -- GreenChip iCFL for compact fluorescents and GreenChip iSSL for LEDs -- and currently includes:
The GreenChip iCFL or GreenChip iSSL chipsets, which function as highly efficient, dimmable drivers for smart lamps
An ultra-low-power standby supply controller with 10mW no-load capability; standby power is particularly critical in smart lighting applications where lamps are continuously "listening" for the command from the user and/or network
A 2.4-GHz IEEE 802.15.4 standard-compatible wireless microcontroller with a Tx/Rx current below 17mA
Low-power, IP-based wireless connectivity enabled by JenNet-IP network layer software
JenNet-IP Network Drives Home and Industrial Connectivity
GreenChip-enabled light bulbs will be able to operate on the same wireless sensor networks consumers may be using at home for energy metering, smart appliances and security systems. NXP's JenNet-IP network layer software provides the ultra-low-power wireless connectivity in the GreenChip smart lighting solution. JenNet-IP is a 6LoWPAN mesh-under tree network with low memory footprint, specifically targeting low-power IEEE 802.15.4-based networking for residential and industrial applications. Based on NXP's proven JenNet network protocol stack, JenNet-IP provides a highly robust self-healing tree network proven at over 500 nodes, supporting IPv4 and IPv6 with over-network upgradability. JenNet-IP is highly secure, offering 128-bit AES encryption with secure authentication and device joining, and will be made available under an Open Source license in Q4 2011.
Smart Lighting Ecosystem
TCP, a leading manufacturer of CFL and LED lamps in North America, has been an early adopter of Smart Lighting technology, and is using the GreenChip smart lighting solution for both its CFL and LED lamps.
"Driving new ideas for energy-efficient lighting is in our DNA. Through our proprietary technology and innovations such as our TruStart™ and TruDim™ CFLs which build on custom TCP GreenChip CFL drivers from NXP, we're able to match the quality of light and user experience of an incandescent lamp with up to 20,000 hours of life. As a next step, we are developing Internet-enabled CFL and LED bulbs accessible to mainstream consumers and commercial applications," said Ellis Yan, CEO, TCP.
GreenWave Reality is introducing a breakthrough intelligent lighting control and management solution based on the GreenChip smart lighting solution. GreenWave Reality's IP-based platform wirelessly connects GreenChip-enabled bulbs, running JenNet-IP software, to provide users with a feature-rich lighting application. The application can be used stand-alone or as part GreenWave Reality's innovative energy management solution. The GreenWave Reality solution benefits both consumers and commercial customers by allowing them to save energy and simplify their lives by adding lighting Smart Controls.
For instance, consumers can dim or turn lights on and off using Home, Away, and Night Smart Controls from any combination of devices such as a PC, smartphone, and even a TV. The GreenWave Reality solution further simplifies consumers' lives by extending the lighting Smart Controls to work with sensors without requiring any re-wiring of the home. As an example, a Smart Control can adjust indoor lighting according to outdoor lighting conditions. Other Smart Controls can automatically turn lights off when no one is in a room. Similarly, these advancements are extended to commercial and hospitality customers who can reduce ongoing lighting and related maintenance costs with this advanced lighting control system.
"Consumers and commercial customers now can easily and cost effectively reduce their energy consumption associated with lighting, saving them money, simplifying their lives, and making a positive impact on the environment," said Greg Memo, CEO, GreenWave Reality. "GreenWave Reality -- in conjunction with the GreenChip smart lighting solution -- redefines lighting by providing an advanced control and management solution built on a scalable, IP-based platform."