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10W integrated RGBW LED eases color mixing, simplifies integration

November 18, 2013 3:23 pm | Product Releases | Comments

SemiLEDs Corporation announced the introduction and release of the 10-Watt M63 RGBW integrated 6363 LED. The 4-channel M63 RGBW delivers over 410 total lumens of combined red, green, blue and white light output.

New hologram technology created with tiny nanoantennas

November 18, 2013 11:35 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Researchers have created tiny holograms using a "metasurface" capable of the ultra-efficient control of light, representing a potential new technology for advanced sensors, high-resolution displays and information processing. The metasurface could make possible "planar photonics" devices and optical switches small enough to...

Wire-to-board connector designed for industrial and solid-state lighting applications

November 14, 2013 12:55 pm | Avx Corporation | Product Releases | Comments

AVX Corporation has expanded its innovative 9296 Poke Home Connector Series with the introduction of a new vertical through board, SMT, wire-to-board (WTB) connector.  The new 9296 WTB single poke home connectors feature a dual beam box contact that provides maximum mechanical stability....

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Bring a 50,000-degree plasma into your living room

November 13, 2013 11:59 am | News | Comments

With the rise of online open course platforms such as Khan Academy, MIT OpenCourseWare and iTunes U, it has never been easier to teach yourself everything from American history to semiconductor manufacturing. These courses enable students to advance at their own pace while accessing the limitless resources...

AC/DC LED controller provides a universal input voltage range from 85 to 265VAC

November 12, 2013 9:24 am | Product Releases | Comments

Integrated Silicon Solution announced the IS31LT3932, a high performance universal AC input LED Controller for the solid-state lighting (SSL) market place. With a universal input voltage range from 85 to 265VAC, a Power Factor Correction greater than 0.97 and a typical output current accuracy of +/-3%...

Snap to attention: Polymers that react and move to light

November 11, 2013 9:34 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Microvehicles and other devices that can change shape or move with no power source other than a beam of light may be possible through research led by the University of Pittsburgh. The researchers are investigating polymers that "snap" when triggered by light, thereby converting light energy into mechanical work....

Novel LEDs pave the way to cheaper displays

November 8, 2013 10:31 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

OLEDs are already used in the displays of smart phones or digital cameras today. They offer an especially bright image with high contrast, but come with a serious drawback: typically, only one quarter of the electrical energy invested in running the device is actually converted into light.

UC's SmartLight more than a bright idea, it's a revolution in interior lighting ready to shine

November 7, 2013 1:37 pm | by University of Cincinnati | News | Comments

A pair of University of Cincinnati researchers has seen the light – a bright, powerful light – and it just might change the future of how building interiors are brightened. In fact, that light comes directly from the sun. And with the help of tiny, electrofluidic cells and a series of open-air "ducts..."

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New chemistry: Drawing and writing in liquid with light

November 4, 2013 11:07 am | by University of Helsinki | News | Comments

Researchers from the Laboratory of Polymer Chemistry in the University of Helsinki’s Department of Chemistry, Finland, have managed to draw in an alcohol-based solution using laser light. The research was published in Macromolecules, a significant international journal.

Breakthrough research produces brighter, more efficiently produced lighting

November 1, 2013 11:33 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

By determining simple guidelines, researchers at UC Santa Barbara's Solid State Lighting & Energy Center (SSLEC) have made it possible to optimize phosphors –– a key component in white LED lighting –– allowing for brighter, more efficient lights.

High-power laser diode driver includes output current from 10 amperes to 450 amperes

October 31, 2013 2:46 pm | Ixys | Product Releases | Comments

IXYS Corporation announced the introduction of the PCX-7500 high-power laser diode driver/current source by its IXYS Colorado division. This instrument provides precision pulsed current with accurate microprocessor-based digital power control.

Defective nanotubes turned into light emitters

October 31, 2013 11:10 am | by Basque Research | News | Comments

UPV/EHU-University of the Basque Country researchers have developed and patented a new source of light emitter based on boron nitride nanotubes and suitable for developing high-efficiency optoelectronic devices. Scientists are usually after defect-free nano-structures. Yet in this case the UPV/EHU researcher Angel Rubio and his collaborators...

Breakthrough research produces brighter, more efficiently produced lighting

October 31, 2013 11:04 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

By determining simple guidelines, researchers at UC Santa Barbara's Solid State Lighting & Energy Center (SSLEC) have made it possible to optimize phosphors –– a key component in white LED lighting –– allowing for brighter, more efficient lights. "These guidelines should permit the discovery of new and improved phosphors in a rational rather than trial-and-error manner"...

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The world’s most powerful terahertz quantum cascade laser

October 30, 2013 12:54 pm | by Vienna University of Technology | News | Comments

Whether it is diagnostic imaging, analysis of unknown substances or ultrafast communication – terahertz radiation sources are becoming more and more important. At the Vienna University of Technology, an important breakthrough has been achieved. Terahertz waves are invisible, but incredibly useful; they can penetrate many materials...

Seeing in the dark

October 30, 2013 12:00 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Thermal infrared (IR) energy is emitted from all things that have a temperature greater than absolute zero. Human eyes, primarily sensitive to shorter wavelength visible light, are unable to detect or differentiate between the longer-wavelength thermal IR "signatures" given off both by living beings and inanimate objects.

Development kit provides designers with a step-by-step approach to develop 3D gesturing systems

October 28, 2013 3:18 pm | Microchip Technology Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Microchip Technology announced the new MGC3130 Hillstar Development Kit for 3D gesturing systems. The kit provides designers with an easy, step-by-step approach to develop 3D gesturing systems with Microchip’s MGC3130 and electrodes that meet their specific space requirements.

Nanoscale engineering boosts performance of quantum dot light emitting diodes

October 28, 2013 12:37 pm | by Los Alamos National Laboratory | News | Comments

Dramatic advances in the field of quantum dot light emitting diodes (QD-LEDs) could come from recent work by the Nanotechnology and Advanced Spectroscopy team at Los Alamos National Laboratory. Quantum dots are nano-sized semiconductor particles whose emission color can be tuned by simply changing their dimensions.

High-bay LED light features high output in a compact size

October 28, 2013 10:18 am | Larson Electronics Llc | Product Releases | Comments

Larson Electronics has announced today the release of a new high-bay LED fixture designed to provide better performance than standard HID and incandescent high bay fixtures. The EPLC2-HB-150LED-RT Explosion Proof High Bay Light features high output in a compact size and is a rugged and light weight alternative to bulkier HID units.

LED array delivers up to 16,225 lumens at 85°C

October 24, 2013 2:36 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Cree introduces two new XLamp LED Arrays to enable high-lumen applications ranging from wallpacks to canopy lighting with one CXA LED family. The new CXA3590 LED Array delivers up to 16,225 lumens at 85°C, 68 percent more lumens compared to Cree’s previous brightest array.

Force to be reckoned with: NIST measures laser power with portable scale

October 24, 2013 12:39 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Researchers at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) have demonstrated a novel method for measuring laser power by reflecting the light off a mirrored scale, which behaves as a force detector. Although it may sound odd, the technique is promising as a simpler, faster, less costly and more portable alternative...

Camouflage LED Golight ideal for use on hunting vehicles and off road ATVs

October 23, 2013 12:13 pm | Larson Electronics Llc | Product Releases | Comments

Larson Electronics has released of a camouflage LED Golight in time for the 2013 hunting season. Featuring high power LED technology and remote control operation, the GL-30814 Camouflage LED Golight Stryker offers excellent power and performance in a rugged spotlight design.

An uncertain future for lighting

October 22, 2013 1:14 pm | by Clifton Lemon, Marketing Communications Manager, Soraa | Blogs | Comments

All of us in the lighting industry today face daily decisions—allocating resources, making specifications, calculating ROI, planning product roadmaps, and a host of other things—that rely on our best judgment about an increasingly uncertain future. “Uncertain” means in ways both bad and good, for we all know some kind of shakeout is pending....

Explosion-proof LED light offers viable alternative to fluorescent or metal halide lighting systems

October 22, 2013 12:25 pm | Larson Electronics Llc | Product Releases | Comments

Larson Electronics has announced the release of a powerful high bay LED light designed to provide an easily mounted and adjusted source of explosion proof rated illumination. The EPLC2-HB-150LED-RT explosion proof high bay led light fixture from Larson Electronics offers operators in hazardous locations a powerful, efficient, and more durable alternative....

A chameleon in the physics lab

October 22, 2013 10:48 am | by Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences | News | Comments

Active camouflage has taken a step forward at the Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS), with a new coating that intrinsically conceals its own temperature to thermal cameras. In a laboratory test, a team of applied physicists placed the device on a hot plate and watched it through an infrared camera as the temperature rose.

Review: New Surface tablets great for productivity

October 21, 2013 10:38 am | by BREE FOWLER, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Whether or not you like Microsoft's updated Surface tablets will depend on your needs. On one hand, the tablets can be great for working on the go, especially if you spring for a $130 keyboard cover. On the flip side, the new versions still lack the elegance and fun that iPads are known for and many Android-based tablets now offer.

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