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Compact High Brightness White LEDs

October 2, 2007 9:54 am | Product Releases | Comments

Toshiba America Electronic Components, Inc. announced its model TLWK1100B compact high-efficiency white LED. This LED offers luminous intensity levels of 1,500 mcd from a drive current of 20 mA (typical value). The robust design makes it suitable for automotive lighting designs, LCD backlighting, panel indicators and the replacement of incandescent bulbs in certain lighting applications.

Short-Neck LED Bulbs Replace Incandescents

October 2, 2007 9:49 am | Product Releases | Comments

LEDtronics announced its PAR20 LED short-neck light bulbs that are direct incandescent replacement bulbs which combine advanced LED technologies, standard 25 mm Edison screw bases and light-optimizing designs to produce vivid light. These bulbs are available in three light emitting angles (15°, 20° and 22°) and in 120V AC with other voltages available. The bulbs measure 3.50¨ long and 2.53¨ diameter, making them suitable for small spotlighting tasks

LED Light Guides Provide Backlighting

October 2, 2007 9:44 am | Product Releases | Comments

Global Lighting Technologies (GLT) introduced its MicroLens edge-lighting modules that provide white LED backlighting for LCDs in a multitude of functions for a variety of display applications. In addition to bright, clean, uniform white LED backlighting from an ultra-thin, low-power package, these light guides can provide discrete area backlighting for different parts of the display


LED Driver with Current Regulating Switch

October 2, 2007 9:27 am | Product Releases | Comments

Supertex introduced its HV9980 three channel, high voltage, LED driver IC that is well suited for LCD and DLP television applications. It features three channels of peak current mode control that include a switch for regulating the LED current, enabling 95 percent efficiency in DLP television applications. Each channel features an integrated, 160V, 25? MOSFET, individual PWM and linear dimming inputs.

Sub-miniature 0402 LED Compatible with Industry Standard Automatic Assembly Equipment

October 2, 2007 4:55 am | Product Releases | Comments

American Bright Optoelectronics announced the BL-Hxxx7A-TRB series of small, low current surface mount LED in 0402 (1.0 mm × 0.5 mm × 0.4 mm) package size. The LED is compatible with infrared and vapor phase reflow solder processes and provides compatibility with industry standard automatic placement equipment. The series is RoHS compliant and compatible with industry accepted lead free processes.

The Controversial Viability of Solar

October 1, 2007 12:21 pm | Blogs | Comments

Energy News: CNN posted a very solid overview story about the state of solar power. The technology, if we lived in a proverbial vacuum, can already provide all the world's energy needs by installing panels in a small corner of the Sahara. But in the real world, cost and security are


SIDEBAR: Embed Thermoelectric Coolers

October 1, 2007 10:52 am | by Paul Magill, Ph.D., Nextreme | Articles | Comments

Thermocouples provide the key components of thermoelectric cooling modules. A thermocouple comprises a p-type and an n-type semiconductor element connected by a metal plate. Electrical connections at each end of the p- and n-type material complete an electric circuit. When a source supplies a current, thermoelectric cooling occurs. The thermocouple then "pumps" heat by cooling one side and heating the other by what is known as the Peltier effect.

Buck Regulators Feature Input Ranges up to 42V

October 1, 2007 4:49 am | Product Releases | Comments

National Semiconductor Corporation announced the addition of two new, high-efficiency Simple Switcher synchronous buck regulators to its PowerWise energy-efficient product family.  The highly integrated LM3102 and LM3103 are said to be the industry’s first synchronous buck regulators to feature an input voltage range up to 42V. The ICs are optimized for powering digital integrated circuits (ICs) in industrial and telecommunication applications. Integration of MOSFET switches and the use of small inductors enables a reduced system component count and very small solution size


Big Blue: CIOs Lousy at Energy Monitoring

September 28, 2007 12:52 pm | Blogs | Comments

Energy News: More than a third of enterprise CIOs don't monitor their corporate energy use, according to an Economist Intelligence Unit report, commissioned by IBM. "Although concerns about energy efficiency and global warming are now high on the political agenda, the spotlight


Three Channel LED Driver IC Features Closed-Loop Control of Output Current

September 28, 2007 8:17 am | Product Releases | Comments

Supertex introduced the HV9982 three channel LED driver IC designed to provide high LED current accuracy through closed-loop control of the output currents. It is designed for applications using RGB LED backlighting or multiple strings of white LEDs. The device employs a fixed frequency, closed-loop, current mode control architecture that ensures stable operation over a wide range of input and output voltages.

60W Switcher with Triple Outputs

September 28, 2007 5:28 am | Product Releases | Comments

Advanced Power Solutions announces an extension of it’s APS63VI series to include triple output models. This family of 2" × 4" open-frame power offer a low profile of only 0.92”. The supply features Class B Emissions and worldwide safety approvals including UL/cUL60950-1 / EN60950-1 and bear the CE Mark (LVD). These power supplies offer efficiencies of up to 80 to 89.5 percent typical and an operating temperature of

5W Wide Input Range SMD DC/DC Converter

September 27, 2007 8:50 am | Product Releases | Comments

Minmax's MSKW2000-Series 5W DC/DC converters are housed in a "gull-wing" SMT package and meet 245°C/10sec in solder-reflow for lead free process. The series consists of 21 models that operate over input voltage ranges of 9V DC to 18V DC, 18V DC to 36V DC and 36V DC to 75V DC which provide precisely regulated output voltages of 3.3V, 5V, 12V, 15V, ±5V, ±12V and ±15V DC. The -40°C to +71°C operating temperature range makes it suitable for data communication equipments

Environmentally Characterized Enclosure Offers Flexibility

September 27, 2007 4:58 am | Product Releases | Comments

Aitech Defense Systems, Inc. announced an environmentally sealed, 2-slot 3U CompactPCI enclosure that provides desirable flexibility and performance. In addition to its rugged environmental properties, the compact and lightweight E192 incorporates a modular and removable power supply, making the enclosure suitable for harsh mechanical, climactic, chemical and electrical stresses typically encountered in rigorous embedded applications.


Micro-USB Connector with a Small Footprint

September 26, 2007 10:31 am | Product Releases | Comments

Tyco Electronics Corp. introduces its miniature Micro-USB connector cthat enables portable device makers to miniaturize real estate in devices such as mobile phones, MP3 players, GPS navigation systems, digital cameras and digital video cameras. This connector meets the USB Implementers Forum specification which supports the current USB On-The-Go supplement, allowing communication between portable devices without going through a host.

Cases for Rack-Mounted and Desktop Equipment

September 26, 2007 10:21 am | Product Releases | Comments

OKW Enclosures introduces its VERSAMET 19" rack cases which conform to the DIN and IEC standards for 19" equipment. They are suitable for rack mounted and desktop equipment. Typical applications include test and measurement devices, audio and video systems, and networking and communications equipment. These aluminum enclosures are supplied fully assembled, with a standard 19" anodized aluminum front panel, folded top cover, base panel and a removable rear panel.


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