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LED series offers up to 23,650 lumens

June 19, 2014 10:46 am | Product Releases | Comments

Hubbell Lighting announced that Hubbell Industrial Lighting’s modernly styled LUNABAY LED High Bay is now available in high output versions. While still providing excellent efficacy of up to 95 lumens per watt, the LUNABAY can now deliver up to 23,650 lumens....

Semi-shielded power inductor series targets DC/DC converter power management applications

June 19, 2014 9:09 am | Bourns, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Bourns, Inc. (Riverside, CA) announced a new series of semi-shielded power inductors.  The semi-shielded SRN model series combines the features of non-shielded and shielded inductors, making them suitable for use in DC/DC converters.

TFT LCD line-up ideal for Personal Audio Visual applications

June 17, 2014 4:50 pm | Sharp Microelectronicsn | Product Releases | Comments

Sharp Microelectronics of the Americas (Camas, WA) announced two additions to its small TFT LCD module line-up. The two CGS (Continuous Grain-Silicon) LCDs include a 1.6-inch Class (1.56-inch diagonal) Transflective Color LCD for wearable technology and a 2.95-inch (diagonal) SVGA+ LCD....

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Quad Core x86 smart camera is said to be industry’s first

June 17, 2014 2:53 pm | Product Releases | Comments

ADLINK Technology, Inc. (San Jose, CA) announced the release of its x86 smart camera, NEON-1040, featuring the quad core Intel Atom processor E3845 1.9 GHz, 2048 x 2048 pixels at 60 fps 1” monochrome CMOS global shutter image sensor and PWM lighting control support.

LED COBs deliver up to 118 Lm/W, tight beam control

June 17, 2014 10:03 am | Product Releases | Comments

Bridgelux (Livermore, CA) introduced V10 and V15 LED array products, further expanding its V Series line of LED Chip on Board light sources. The V10 and V15 products are suited for commercial and residential lighting markets requiring high quality and tight beam control. The company asserts

Shining more light

June 17, 2014 8:44 am | by Mike Krames, CTO, Soraa | News | Comments

Most of us learned in school that we do not actually “see” objects around us, but instead the light reflected by the objects. While the reflective properties of the objects are important in determining their perceived color, equally important is the light source illuminating the objects....

Handheld spotlight produces a 900’ beam

June 16, 2014 3:22 pm | Larson Electronics Llc | Product Releases | Comments

The HL-85-GREEN from Larson Electronics is a lightweight, ultra rugged, ergonomic handheld spotlight that operates on 12 or 24 volts DC via a 16’ coil cord ending in a cigarette plug. The unique reflector and lens configuration produces a 900’ beam in spotlight mode....

These E Ink shelf labels could save retail

June 16, 2014 1:18 pm | by Jason Lomberg, Technical Editor | Blogs | Comments

E-commerce has many intrinsic advantages over brick-and-mortar, but the fundamental difference is similar to print vs. online journalism — the ability to make dynamic changes. One can, and one can't. Which makes electronic shelf labels — incorporating E Ink and similar technology — a paradigm shift for retail....

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Prototyping kit streamlines upgrades of legacy MCU designs to 32-Bit ARM performance

June 16, 2014 9:28 am | Cypress | Product Releases | Comments

The $4 CY8CKIT-049 Prototyping Kit from Cypress Semiconductor Corp. (San  Jose, CA) enables designers to leverage the powerful 32-bit ARM Cortex-M0 core, programmable analog and digital peripherals, and the industry-leading CapSense capacitive touch-sensing technology of Cypress’s PSoC 4 architecture....

Reference designs describe drivers for dimmable PAR 30 and PAR 38 LED light bulbs

June 13, 2014 1:23 pm | Power Integrations | Product Releases | Comments

Power Integrations (San Jose, CA) announced four reference designs describing drivers for dimmable PAR 30 and PAR 38 LED light bulbs. Jointly developed by Power Integrations and CREE, the designs showcase the combination of Power Integrations’ LYTSwitch-4 driver ICs and CREE MT-G2 EasyWhite LEDs....

LED strip light measures 12” long and ¾” wide

June 13, 2014 1:11 pm | Larson Electronics Llc | Product Releases | Comments

The LEDST-12 LED strip light from Larson Electronics (Kemp, TX) is designed as an extremely efficient and versatile lighting solution for boat walkways, cabin areas, stairs, vehicles, and intrinsically safe areas where ignition protection is required. This high intensity LED strip light is fully potted....

Engineering Update #62: The first commercial drone

June 12, 2014 11:20 am | by Jon Dipierro, Multimedia Production Specialist | Videos | Comments

Recently, the Federal Aviation Administration approved the first commercial drone, AeroVironment'S RQ-20A Puma AE, a small hand-launched UAS with endurance of 3.5 hours and the capability to extend its range with solar or fuel cell options. It also includes electro-optical and infrared cameras....

Processors target industrial imaging, audio and automotive applications

June 12, 2014 11:15 am | Analog Devices, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Analog Devices (Norwood, MA) introduced the ADSP-BF70x Blackfin processor family that provides 800 MMACS of processing power at less than 100 mW. The eight-member family includes up to 1 MB of internal SRAM, eliminating…

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Giving lighting customers what they need

June 11, 2014 3:53 pm | by Paul Golata, Mouser Electronics | Mouser Electronics | Articles | Comments

Over the past decade, LEDs have had explosive growth in general lighting applications. LEDs offer great advantages over traditional lighting sources that include reliability, long life, reduced power consumption, small size, high efficacy (light delivered per energy consumed), and a high degree of design flexibility....

Photos of the Day: SID Display Week 2014

June 11, 2014 1:29 pm | by ECN Staff | News | Comments

SID Display Week is the industry’s annual celebration of all things optoelectronics, and this year the wagon train rolled in to sunny San Diego. (I was suffering. Seriously.) Here’s a handful of highlights from SID 2014, including a laptop utilizing QDEF quantum dot technology, Color IQ TVs, and E-Ink applications....

Lightfair 2014 rewind

June 10, 2014 3:53 pm | by Chris Warner, Executive Editor | Osram Opto Semiconductors, Thomas Research Products, Wago Corporation | Blogs | Comments

Lightfair 2014 was held at the Las Vegas Convention Center, June 1-4. Every year, this show presents a variety of luminaires and fixtures for the industrial, home, buildings, and outdoor markets along with a healthy mix of component vendors showing off their discrete and modular products that enable the amazing new lighting products. In this age of Internet of Things (IoT), exhibitors continued their march toward...

With decreasing prices and increasing efficiency, are LEDs finally poised to gain universal acceptance?

June 10, 2014 12:58 pm | Articles | Comments

Prices have been falling dramatically for LEDs. As recently as two years ago, a 60W consumer LED bulb cost between $40 and $50, but today buyers can find them for as little as $13. The dramatic decrease in prices is due to several factors — some related to technological advances in LED design....

Control IC is optimized for single stage flyback and buck-boost topologies

June 7, 2014 3:38 pm | International Rectifier | Product Releases | Comments

International Rectifier (El Segundo, CA) introduced its integrated IRS29831 LEDrivIR control IC optimized for single stage flyback and buck-boost topologies used in LED drivers including LED bulb replacement, LED tube lighting and down lights.

600-V DC load module tests LED drivers

June 7, 2014 3:04 pm | Chroma Systems Solutions, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Chroma Systems Solutions, Inc. (Foothill Ranch, CA) announced the release of its 63115A LED Simulating DC Electronic Load. This new 10-A/600-V/300-W module is an addition to the company’s line of LED simulating 63110A/13A electronic loads....

A new way to make laser-like beams using 1,000x less power

June 5, 2014 12:08 pm | by University of Michigan | News | Comments

With precarious particles called polaritons that straddle the worlds of light and matter, University of Michigan researchers have demonstrated a new, practical and potentially more efficient way to make a coherent laser-like beam. They have made...

LED COB arrays designed for high density, high-light output applications

June 4, 2014 2:46 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Molex Incorporated (Lisle, IL) announces its Plastic Substrate Interconnect (PSI) for LED Chip-on-Board (COB) Arrays. These customizable interconnects feature a low-profile harness interface that delivers power to the array through a simple and reliable connection to a holder, or plastic substrate. 

Programmable LED power supplies for outdoor applications include autonomous dimming

June 4, 2014 11:57 am | Osram Sylvania | Product Releases | Comments

OSRAM SYLVANIA (Danvers, MA) is introducing OSRAM OPTOTRONIC programmable constant current outdoor dimmable LED Power Supplies. They are said to offer the widest current range in the industry with either…

Emotion drives customers to use smartphones with bigger screens

June 4, 2014 11:27 am | by Penn State University | News | Comments

Bigger smartphone screen size may be better for more than just practical reasons, according to researchers. Participants in a study on smartphones indicated that emotional reasons might influence their decision to buy smartphones with bigger screens even more than practical ones,

New fiber technology enables thin, colorful, aesthetic lighting

June 2, 2014 9:34 am | Corning | Product Releases | Comments

Corning Incorporated (Coring, NY) announced the introduction of its Fibrance Light-Diffusing Fiber, a glass optical fiber optimized for thin, colorful, aesthetic lighting. Fibrance Light-Diffusing Fiber enables decorative lighting to be designed or embedded into

LED driver family adds 12 products

June 2, 2014 9:19 am | Endicott Research Group | Product Releases | Comments

ERG Lighting (Brecksville, OH) made 12 new additions to its American-made ArchiLume Series of LED drivers which offers either constant voltage or constant current outputs up to 100 W with very low ripple.

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