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Capacitive touch-sensing controller drives up to 10 LEDs

August 8, 2013 2:19 pm | Cypress | Product Releases | Comments

Cypress Semiconductor announced a new CapSense Express capacitive touch-sensing controller optimized to replace mechanical buttons in front panels for industrial and consumer applications, portable medical devices, gaming devices and home automation systems.

LED light bar consumes less than 1 amp of power

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

Larson Electronics has announced the release of a powerful and compact LED light bar designed for rugged use. The LEDP3W-3-M Low Profile High Intensity LED Light Bar produces an intense 684 lumens of light output while consuming less than 1 amp of power and includes a 200 lbs grip magnetic base for easy yet secure mounting capabilities.

Waterproof LED drivers provide expanded functionality in a variety of outdoor applications

August 6, 2013 4:49 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Phihong USA has expanded its PDA072 and PDA080 constant voltage LED driver series with 0-10V dimming models. The new PDA072 Series addition, designated the PDA072W-24VG-R, is rated for outputs of 72W at 24VDC and the new PDA080 Series addition, designated the PDA080W-48VG-R, is rated for outputs of 80W at 48VDC.

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Multi-chip-LEDs provide a broad bright blue color range

August 6, 2013 11:18 am | Osram Opto Semiconductors | Product Releases | Comments

The main feature of the new MultiLED from Osram is a very broad blue color range with a wavelength of 447 to 476 nanometers (nm) and high brightness. Deep saturated blue tones can now be produced thanks to the use of three LED chips in red, green and blue (RGB).

Embedded vision starter kit touts updated PVP programmer, new lens adapter

August 5, 2013 6:40 pm | Analog Devices, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Avnet Electronics Marketing’s development kit for the Analog Devices dual-core Blackfin BF609 processor offers an updated pipelined vision processor (PVP) programmer and a new lens adapter. The new PVP Programmer add-in to the Blackfin development tool, CrossCore Embedded Studio, enables a

Light tower is adjustable up to 12 feet in height

August 5, 2013 10:52 am | Larson Electronics Llc | Product Releases | Comments

Larson Electronics has released a portable light tower featuring a four leg tower fitted with three 1000 watt metal halide lamps for high stability and excellent light output. The WAL-C-3XM Quadpod Light Tower is an industrial grade temporary lighting solution that gives operators the power and versatility of a full size tower in a design that allows full portability and easy transport and setup.

Lighting technology extends LED bulb design life

August 5, 2013 10:31 am | Product Releases | Comments

EfficientNow today introduced LED SureGuard to make its LEDs a safer lighting choice, too. This built-in patented semiconductor lighting technology extends LED bulb design life, actively monitors bulb operating temperature and automatically turns off EfficientNow LED bulbs to avoid a fire hazard, if it senses danger.

Reducing multitasking at HP Digital Camera

August 5, 2013 8:50 am | by Sanjeev Gupta, CEO of Realization Technologies in San Jose, Calif. | Blogs | Comments

Like many consumer electronics organizations, HP Digital Camera saw that its people were working hard, but they also knew that they were not meeting deadlines and were not as productive as they needed to be. In the year before implementing the steps necessary to eliminate organizational multitasking, HP Digital Camera had released six different models of digital cameras,

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Researchers overcome technical hurdles in quest for inexpensive, durable electronics and solar cells

July 31, 2013 12:23 pm | by University of Minnesota | News | Comments

Electronic touch pads that cost just a few dollars and solar cells that cost the same as roof shingles are one step closer to reality today. Researchers have overcome technical hurdles in the quest for inexpensive, durable electronics and solar cells made with non-toxic chemicals.

LED driver designed to be compact, versatile

July 31, 2013 10:22 am | Recom Power Incorporated | Product Releases | Comments

This low-cost, constant-current LED driver is both compact and versatile. With a voltage range of 90-295VAC, the RACD07 is suitable for worldwide use. The 7W modules are available with constant current outputs of 350mA, 500mA, or 700mA. For applications with limited space the RACD07 simplifies installation with both input and output lead wires integrated into a single side including the mounting bracket.

What remains as the biggest challenge for current LED technology? (Part II)

July 31, 2013 10:00 am | Articles | Comments

The biggest challenge is that LED chips are quickly approaching their theoretical limits for efficient light output. As they do, incremental improvements to the LED die are providing diminishing returns on investment. Fortunately, innovations in optical silicone packaging materials are introducing new, more cost-effective ways to enhance efficiency (lm/W), as well as cost (lm/$) and light density (lm/cm2).

What remains as the biggest challenge for current LED technology?

July 31, 2013 9:46 am | by Kasey Panetta, Managing Editor | Articles | Comments

Adeline Chan, product marketing manager, Cree, Inc.: LED technology has been evolving rapidly over the years. From a performance perspective, lumen output and efficacy numbers have been improving. Other “areas” of the LED technology have also progressed such as thermal properties, substrate materials, light distribution pattern,

Mono-pole connector designed for LED lighting applications

July 30, 2013 4:34 pm | Hirose Electric Usa | Product Releases | Comments

Hirose Electric has developed the DF59S Series, a mono-pole connector that is optimized for LED lighting applications. The board-to-board connectors feature a housing free receptacle that produces a slim fit and low profile when mated, making this an excellent connector for high density LED applications.

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Controller optimized for dimmable off-line LED lighting applications

July 30, 2013 3:21 pm | Product Releases | Comments

IXYS Integrated Circuits Division announced the immediate availability of the IX9908 High-Voltage, Dimmable LED Driver with PFC Control. The IX9908 is a quasi-resonant controller that is optimized for dimmable off-line LED lighting applications. The IX9908 incorporates a precise pulse-width modulation (PWM) circuit....

LED light bar designed to provide high output and rugged reliability

July 30, 2013 1:57 pm | Larson Electronics Llc | Product Releases | Comments

LarsonElectronics.com has announced the release of a powerful and compact infrared LED light bar designed to provide high output and rugged reliability even in the most demanding operating and environmental conditions. The  LEDLB-40X2ET-IR LED Light Bar can handle extremes of temperature, abusive use, and complete submersion underwater....

Students to explore filmmaking with Google Glass

July 30, 2013 11:02 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Beauty is in the eye of the Google Glass wearer. At least that's what the Internet search giant hopes a handful of young filmmakers will discover. Google is enlisting film students from five colleges to help it explore how its wearable computing device can be used to make movies.

Organizational multitasking: The secret killer of engineering productivity

July 29, 2013 9:38 am | by Sanjeev Gupta, CEO of Realization Technologies | Blogs | Comments

Nearly all of the research on multitasking to date has studied its effects on individuals. Researchers have not yet paid much attention to the effects of multitasking on organizations, but there are good reasons to believe that multitasking has similar effects at an organizational level. After all, people do not typically work independently in organizations

New techniques use lasers, LEDs, and optics to 'see' under the skin

July 26, 2013 11:12 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Impressive examples of new non-invasive optical techniques using lasers, light-emitting diodes (LEDs), and spectroscopic methods to probe and render images from beneath the surface of the skin are featured in a newly completed special section in the Journal of Biomedical Optics published by SPIE, the international society for optics and photonics.

LED protectors enhance overall light engine efficiency

July 26, 2013 9:39 am | Littelfuse, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Littelfuse has introduced an addition to the company’s PLED Open LED protection devices line. The PLEDxSW Series LED Protector, unlike earlier PLED devices from Littelfuse that had black molded bodies, is molded from a white material....

LED boat light acts as energy efficient alternative to halogen lights

July 25, 2013 3:21 pm | Larson Electronics Llc | Product Releases | Comments

The LEDPB10W-120X2E LED Boat Light from Magnalight.com provides boaters with a high output lighting option that uses less power than halogen lamps while providing more light. Built to withstand the corrosive and abusive effects of the marine environment, this LED light bar produces over 10,000 lumens of clean white light while using only 120 watts of power.

Adhesive vent extends life of outdoor electronic enclosures

July 22, 2013 12:25 pm | W.L. Gore & Associates | Product Releases | Comments

W. L. Gore & Associates has expanded its line of GORE Protective Vents with a new product specifically engineered to increase the reliability of outdoor electronic enclosures that are commonly exposed to changing weather and environmental conditions.

Dimmable, multi-topology DC/DC constant-current controller features low-side current sense

July 17, 2013 11:42 am | Texas Instruments | Product Releases | Comments

Texas Instruments introduced a high-power, multi-topology DC/DC LED driver with adjustable switching frequency and current sense threshold that provides design flexibility and low electro-magnetic interference (EMI) for automotive headlamps, fog lights and general-purpose area lighting.

LED automotive driver enables 5,000:1 contrast ratio PWM dimming at 200 Hz

July 16, 2013 4:41 pm | Allegro Microsystems, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Allegro MicroSystems, LLC announces a new programmable multi-output LED driver for LCD backlighting, instrument clusters, and daytime running lights. Allegro’s A8517 integrates a current-mode boost converter with internal power switch and 10 I²C programmable current sinks, and can provide 5,000:1 contrast ratio PWM dimming at 200 Hz.

Photoflash capacitors rated at 1 million flashes

July 16, 2013 2:28 pm | Illinois Capacitor | Product Releases | Comments

Designed to support high energy xenon strobe light applications, Illinois Capacitor FSL Series delivers up 1 million flashes at rated voltage applied. These specialized aluminum electrolytic capacitors offer low ESR and leakage current ratings; and are available in a wide range of case sizes.

Broadband photodetector for polarized light

July 16, 2013 12:42 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Using carpets of aligned carbon nanotubes, researchers from Rice University and Sandia National Laboratories have created a solid-state electronic device that is hardwired to detect polarized light across a broad swath of the visible and infrared spectrum.

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