International Rectifier Introduces New Version of Popular Lighting Ballast Design Software
EL SEGUNDO, Calif. — October 2005 — International Rectifier, IR®(NYSE: IRF), a world leader in power management technology, today introduced Version 4.0 of its popular ballast design assistant software. The software, IRPLBDA4, dramatically reduces electronic ballast design time, producing a schematic and complete bill of materials.
New features in this version include support for DC input voltage applications and a new time domain graph feature. The new graph feature is based on a simplified numerical analysis technique, and shows ballast output waveforms including the half-bridge voltage, lamp voltage and current and resonant inductor and resonant capacitor current.
The software generates designs for IR’s recently-introduced IR2520D compact fluorescent lamp (CFL) ballast control IC and the IR2161 intelligent control IC for low-voltage halogen lamp transformers in addition to other IR electronic ballast ICs such as the IR2156, IR21571, IR21592, IR2166 and IR2167.
“IR’s design software, highly integrated ICs and reference designs form a powerful arsenal that enables the design of efficient, fully-protected electronic ballasts quickly. The new version of our ballast design software makes ballast design chores easier than ever before,” said Tom Ribarich, Director of Engineering for Lighting ICs at International Rectifier.
The software supports 38 lamp types and seven different ballast configurations. Users can add new lamp types. Over 20 parameters are selectable by the user, including frequency, voltage, current and component values. Universal AC mains voltages are supported, including 80V to 140V and 185V to 265V, with or without power factor correction, 24VDC, and more.
Also included is an inductor calculator that creates winding specifications for the resonant output inductor as well as the power factor correction inductor if used. The software is compatible with Windows XP operating systems.
Availability and Pricing
The IRPLBDA4 ballast design software is available free, after registering for the program.
Ballast Design Software