Date of Graduation


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Science in Electrical Engineering (MSEE)

Degree Level



Electrical Engineering


Simon Ang

Committee Member

Juan Balda

Second Committee Member

Roy McCann


The fast development of LED and its applications has enabled a new generation of lighting device with higher efficiency and long lifespan. By employing a primary-side sensing flyback converter and the PIC18F micro-controller series, an LED driver could achieve two important features: (1) the compatibility with the available lighting fixtures, and (2) reducing unit price. The flyback converter was chosen for its simplicity, competitive low cost, and its ability to provide a constant output current, a necessarily important factor to an LED driver. Meanwhile, the PIC18F micro-controller series offer numerous advanced features which include but not limited to pulse-width modulation (PWM), 10-bit 13-channel Analog-to-Digital Converter (ADC) etc., which suitably meet the requirements for regulating a primary-side sensing flyback converter. The design process was first conducted in simulation stage with aid from Matlab®-Simulink and Cadence OrCAD Capture CIS (PSpice). By using PI based control scheme and making full use of built-in Analog Behavioral Modelling (ABM) blocks, the simulation-relevant difficulties due to lacking of appropriate model for the PIC18F series micro-controller were completely solved. The simulation results matched well with the intended design specifications: the output voltage is 32 VDC while the load current is 350 mA. More importantly, the simulation results demonstrated the feasibility of deploying a primary-side sensing flyback converter in conjunction with a PIC18F micro-controller as an LED driver. Next, a demo printed-circuit board (PCB) was layout by using OrCAD PCB Editor. Finally, the PIC18F4550 micro-controller was programmed to undertake control tasks of the LED driver. The experimental results reflect the project's success with all the parts of the driver harmoniously work as expected.