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Round LEDs provide efficient match for circular optical systems and narrow beam projectors

April 9, 2013 4:39 pm | Mouser Electronics, Luminus Devices, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Mouser Electronics announced it is stocking the world’s first round LED, the CBT-140 Big Chip Round LEDs from Luminus Devices. This new round emitting aperture provides the most efficient match for circular optical systems and narrow beam projectors.

LCD, LED, Plasma, OLED TVs as fast as possible

April 9, 2013 8:56 am | Videos | Comments

LCD, LED, Plasma, OLED - These terms get uses by sales people at your local TV store, but do you REALLY understand what they mean? Learn the basics in under 3 minutes! Linus Sebastian of Techquickie gives a good primer on these common display technologies.

LED string light system designed to provide higher efficiency and output

April 8, 2013 2:00 pm | Larson Electronics Llc | Product Releases | Comments

Larson Electronics’ has announced today the release of a hazardous location LED string light system designed to provide higher efficiency, higher output, and better reliability and safety than traditional incandescent string lights. The EPL-SL-8X4FT-LED Explosion Proof LED String Light set incorporates the latest in LED lighting technology....


Explosion-proof metal halide light produces 32,000 lumens

April 5, 2013 10:39 am | Larson Electronics Llc | Product Releases | Comments

Larson Electronics Magnalight has announced today the release of an explosion proof metal halide work light with magnetic mounting base designed to provide high power illumination combined with versatile mounting capabilities. The EPL-BS-70-220V-100-3XMB Explosion Proof Metal Halide Light produces 32,000 lumens of light output....

LEDs ideal for stage, booth lighting at trade fairs, and architectural lighting

April 4, 2013 2:18 pm | Osram Opto Semiconductors | Product Releases | Comments

The new Osram Ostar Stage LEDs from Osram Opto Semiconductors offer high luminance of 48 million candelas per square meter (Mcd/m²) and tunable color tones from cold white to warm white. Combined with their extremely low-profile design and glass cover with anti-reflective coating...

Television's next big thing: Smell-O-Vision (again)

April 3, 2013 3:44 pm | by Kasey Panetta, Managing Editor | Blogs | Comments

Now that 3D television has failed to take off the way designers were hoping, companies have moved on to a newer, better, greater, bound-for-failure idea: Smell-O-Vision. Haruka Matsukura and a team from the Tokyo University of Agriculture and Technology have designed an olfactory display system that can work in conjunction with a 2D display.

LED linear modules boast 145lm/W luminous efficacy

April 3, 2013 10:23 am | Samsung | Product Releases | Comments

Samsung Electronics announced the introduction of a new lineup of Zhaga-compliant LED H-Series linear modules that feature extremely high efficacy, as well as excellent light quality, and color consistency for use in a wide range of LED lighting applications including ambient lighting and linear fixtures.

Multitouch capacitive product able to sense up to 10 fingers simultaneously

April 2, 2013 2:26 pm | Amulet Technologies | Product Releases | Comments

Amulet Technologies is pleased to announce today its plans to launch the Multitouch Capacitive 4.3" GEMmodule developed in conjunction with partners Cypress Semiconductor Corporation and Clicktouch NV. The new product will be able to sense up to 10 fingers simultaneously on the multitouch screen....


Precision-grade optical breakhoards ideal for critical laboratory, ultrafast applications

April 1, 2013 11:27 am | Newport Corporation | Product Releases | Comments

Newport Corporation introduces precision-grade (PG) optical breadboards with patented modal damping to improve dynamic performance.  Ideal for the most critical laboratory and ultrafast applications, the new PG breadboards include sealed mounting holes which make it simple and easy to contain and clean up spills or retrieve small objects.

LEDs achieve brighter and longer-lasting light for buses and trains

March 28, 2013 3:58 pm | Osram Opto Semiconductors | Product Releases | Comments

The new generation of the Mini Topled and Topled LEDs from Osram Opto Semiconductors produce a uniquely pleasant white light in varying tones that is ideal for the interior illumination of buses, trains, airplanes and cars. The successful standard packages for these LEDs have been retained....

Instant-on tower security light delivers 1500 watts

March 25, 2013 4:29 pm | Larson Electronics Llc | Product Releases | Comments

Larson Electronics Magnalight announced the release of the WAL-TSL-300W-LED LED tower security light. Modeled after the successful metal halide light series, the LED version of this amiable security light features ‘instant on’ and hot restrike capabilities.

Visual design tool supports PIC MCU-based GUI creation on Windows, Linux or Mac computers

March 22, 2013 4:21 pm | Microchip Technology Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Microchip Technology Inc. announced the release of Graphics Display Designer X (GDD X), an enhanced visual design tool that provides a quick and easy way of creating Graphical User Interface (GUI) screens for applications using Microchip’s 16-or 32-bit PIC MCUs. With GDD X, developers may

The LED rundown

March 22, 2013 2:16 pm | by M. Simon, Technical Contributor | Articles | Comments

The life of a light-emitting diode (LED) isn’t as simple as some advertisers may lead you to believe. Manufacturers offer numbers like 100,000 hours as the expected lifetime of high-powered LEDs, but those numbers reflect calculations done using optimum conditions and specification points.


Bendable display technology takes the stage

March 22, 2013 12:06 pm | by Kasey Panetta, Managing Editor | Corning, Samsung | Articles | Comments

It happens to everyone who owns a smart phone or tablet. One ill-fated toss into the car or accidental drop on the hardwood and suddenly the screen is too cracked to read. Not only does this render the phone useless until you can get to a store, it can mean spending hundreds of dollars on a new screen or an entirely new phone.  

NYC's terrible subway map idea

March 22, 2013 11:46 am | by Kasey Panetta, Associate Editor | Blogs | Comments

Sometimes ideas that seem well-intentioned (in theory) actually fall somewhere in the realm of “worst idea ever” when it comes to real-life implementation. This includes ideas like holograms in the airport or QR codes for remote real estate signs (or using QR codes for anything at all, ever).  

Multi-bar diode laser system delivers up to 3-kilowatt output at 980nm wavelength

March 21, 2013 4:14 pm | Dilas Diode Laser, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

DILAS announces today a direct, multi-bar diode laser system. The DILAS SD3000 is capable of delivering up to 3-kilowatt output at 980nm wavelength to the work piece. The direct diode laser system, DILAS SD3000, is available either with symmetric spot configuration (SD3000S) or with different line focus configurations (SD3000L).

Magnalight handheld spotlight featured on HBO's True Blood

March 21, 2013 4:07 pm | Larson Electronics Llc | Product Releases | Comments

Under the name of Fangbanger Productions, the hit TV show True Blood selected yet another Magnalight spotlight for an episode in the upcoming season. The GL-8130-M handheld spotlight offers a uniquely convertible configuration for use as a handheld lantern or traditional spotlight form factor.

Wide view TFT LCDs a deliver true color, optimum optical performance in larger size panels

March 20, 2013 11:02 am | Product Releases | Comments

Kyocera Display America has announced four new TFT-LCDs that are being added to its extensive product line. The new 10.4” SVGA and 12.1” SVGA TFT-LCD displays feature Kyocera’s Advanced Wide Viewing (AWV) technology

Middle power LED packages ideal for LED tubes, ambient lighting, downlighting, retrofit lamps

March 20, 2013 10:55 am | Samsung | Product Releases | Comments

Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. announced today that it has begun producing a new lineup of middle power LED packages with the industry’s highest efficacy level, making it ideal for use in a wide variety of LED lighting applications including LED tubes, LED ambient lighting, downlighting and retrofit lamps.

LLC transformer promises up to 99 percent efficiency, 50 percent real estate savings

March 19, 2013 11:37 am | Precision, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Precision, Inc. announced the global launch of its new LLC transformer which is asserted to provide up to 99 percent efficiency and extremely low power loss. The technology combines two discrete components – a resonant inductor and transformer – into a single package reducing real estate up to

Pneumatic light tower ideal for work sites and emergency scenes

March 15, 2013 10:52 am | Larson Electronics Llc | Product Releases | Comments

Larson Electronics has announced the release of a powerful LED light tower designed to provide easy setup and powerful illumination. Featuring a compressor powered pneumatic tower that can extend to 18 feet and a pair of 150 watt LED lamps, the PLM-18-2X150W-LED Pneumatic Light Tower is ideal for work sites, emergency scenes, and anywhere powerful mobile illumination s needed.

Stereotyping prime obstacle to women in commercial science

March 13, 2013 9:14 am | by Eurekalert! | News | Comments

Female professors are almost 50 percent less likely than their male counterparts to be invited to join corporate scientific advisory boards (SABs) and start new companies mainly because of gender stereotyping, says University of Maryland researcher Waverly Ding, an assistant professor of management at the Robert H. Smith School of Business.

LED fixtures designed for daytime and nighttime lighting on communication, television and radio towers, wind turbines

March 8, 2013 4:05 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Hughey & Phillips (H&P) announces the new HORIZON™ line of medium-intensity strobe LED based obstruction lighting solutions for daytime and nighttime lighting on tall structures such as communication, television and radio towers, wind turbines, smokestacks and other obstructions to aerial navigation.

The Microsoft vision for 2018

March 7, 2013 3:08 pm | by Kasey Panetta, Associate Editor | Blogs | Comments

A few weeks ago, we took a look at Walter Cronkite’s 1967 prediction of a media room in the year 2001 and, setting aside the 1960s aesthetics, he wasn’t too far off. Humans are always trying to figure out what the future of technology will be. It’s fun to imagine what would happen if Google Glass became the new iPhone or 3D printing allowed for on-site organ creation. These things could change the world as we know it.  

Driver matches flash LED input current with safe output capability of battery in real time

March 5, 2013 2:02 pm | Product Releases | Comments

  ams AG introduced a new intelligent LED driver for mobile phone cameras that maximizes the brightness of the flash without causing the phone’s battery to fall below its minimum operating voltage. The AS3649 LED driver uses an innovative “diagnostic pulse” – a burst of controlled high current lasting a few milliseconds – immediately before every flash operation.  

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