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Advances in new material technology, according to engineers

July 15, 2013 9:42 am | by Kasey Panetta, Managing Editor | Blogs | Comments

Here at ECN we're always looking for what's going to change the world of electrical design. This month we're focusing on new material technology. From adhesives to thermal gap pad management, we want to know what's happening in your lab and on your benches!

Portable metal halide light tower illuminates 114,000 square feet of work area

July 12, 2013 3:37 pm | Larson Electronics Llc | Product Releases | Comments

Larson Electronics has announced the release a metal halide light tower with three lamp fixtures and a wheeled and adjustable tower assembly designed to provide full power illumination in an easy to deploy portable package. The WAL-C-3XM Quadpod Mini Light Tower utilizes a four leg tower design....

Company unveils world’s slimmest full HD LCD panel for smartphones

July 12, 2013 3:26 pm | Lginternational | Product Releases | Comments

LG Display announced that it will unveil the world’s slimmest Full HD LCD panel for smartphones. The state-of-the-art 5.2-inch panel is an exciting advancement for the premium mobile device market enabling sleeker Full HD smartphones featuring better “grip-ability” and a superior viewing experience.

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Building flexible circuits

July 10, 2013 4:17 pm | by Jan Vanfleteren, University Gent/imec | Blogs | Comments

A number of innovating technologies designed to tremendously increase user comfort in wearable and implantable electronics and sensor applications is on the horizon. Imec works on stretchable electronic circuits that can follow the random 3D shape of an object or body part, such as light sources for integration in textiles...

LED backlight driver improves picture quality

July 10, 2013 10:30 am | Product Releases | Comments

iWatt debuted its new 8-channel LED backlight driver designed to deliver better screen performance and lower cost in next-generation 2D and 3D LCD TVs. The iW7019 gives designers a rich set of integrated features to improve picture quality and render a more lifelike viewer experience.

Gate driver contains 300 channels rated at 42V

July 9, 2013 4:03 pm | Ixys | Product Releases | Comments

IXYS Integrated Circuits Division announced the availability of the IXEP2300 electronic paper display (EPD) gate driver.  The IXEP2300 features 300 high voltage output drivers that are rated at 42V.  These outputs are typically driven with voltage supplies of +22V and -20V....

LED fixture rated for installation in severe locations

July 9, 2013 3:36 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Hubbell Lighting launched one of the market’s most durable industrial LED fixtures—Hubbell Industrial Lighting’s Kemlux III LED Series. The energy efficient answer for lighting the most demanding industrial environments, the LED fixture is rated for installation in severe locations....

Remote-controlled spotlight capable of throwing a light beam over 900 feet in length

July 9, 2013 10:27 am | Product Releases | Comments

Larson Electronics’ Magnalight.com has announced today the addition of the GL-30004 LED Golight to its comprehensive inventory of Golight remote controlled spotlights. This high power spotlight combines the long life and high efficiency of LED technology with the proven Golight design....

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Photo flash driver improves picture quality of smartphone cameras

July 8, 2013 11:10 am | Product Releases | Comments

ams launched an 8A LED flash driver that provides a photo flash light output at least four times brighter than flash systems commonly found in smartphones today. The new AS3630 can drive up to 8A current through an LED flash system, enabling mobile phone cameras to take pin-sharp images.

LED power supply has a universal input range of 100 to 277VAC

July 2, 2013 3:56 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Green Watt Power announces the availability of the GLV75 constant-voltage LED power supply. The GLV-24-75 is a 24 Volt output 3.15A fully encapsulated IP67 rated power supply, ideal for LED lighting applications requiring that voltage and current rating.

Explosion-proof light provides high output and paint booth certification

July 2, 2013 2:40 pm | Larson Electronics Llc | Product Releases | Comments

Magnalight.com has announced the introduction of a low profile explosion proof light featuring high output and paint booth certification. Designed to provide compatibility with low profile mounting applications, the EPL-48-216 Explosion Proof Light Fixture from Larson Electronics provides high output in a less obtrusive form factor....

Top Ten Myths of LEDs: #5 – “LEDs color-shift with time”

July 2, 2013 8:31 am | by Mike Krames, CTO, Soraa | Blogs | Comments

In the early days of white-emitting LEDs, the available chip packaging materials were ones developed decades earlier for use with red- and green-emitting devices. Unfortunately, when using those materials for blue-based white LEDs (blue LED + phosphors), unexpected problems arose.

Top Ten Myths of LEDs: #6 – “LEDs can't run hot”

July 1, 2013 12:03 pm | by Mike Krames, CTO, Soraa | Blogs | Comments

Standard incandescent lamps convert almost all the power they consume into radiation (basically, heat). Unfortunately, only about 5% of this emission is in the visible spectrum, making them very inefficient light sources. On the other hand, since almost all the power is radiated away, there is little need for thermal management.

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Sharp to sell high-end "4K" LCD TVs in North America

July 1, 2013 10:18 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Sharp Corp. will sell high-end liquid crystal display televisions equipped with "4K" technology in North America from September, company officials said Thursday. It will be the first time for the struggling Japanese electronics maker to launch overseas a 4K TV that delivers image quality four times finer than the current high-definition resolutions.

Top Ten Myths of LEDs: #7 – “LEDs have high glare”

June 28, 2013 9:04 am | by Mike Krames, CTO, Soraa | Blogs | Comments

I’m standing in the taxi queue at Chicago’s O’Hare airport, having to squint ahead to gauge my wait. The cause of my discomfort: a horrible, blue-LED array-based outdoor luminaire ahead of me and above, spilling light in all directions and casting a putrid smear of yellow-green color against a nearby wall of the terminal, and directly into my eyes.

LED module optimized for residential market

June 27, 2013 11:30 am | Product Releases | Comments

Cree, Inc. announces commercial availability of the 750 lumen LMR2 LED Module—delivering lighting manufacturers an integrated platform to help speed time to market and lower initial cost for LED lighting in residential markets. The breakthrough LMR2 LED module combines light source, driver, optics and primary thermal management in a single, compact system, simplifying retrofit and new installation.

Samsung puts curve in OLED televisions

June 27, 2013 10:50 am | by YOUKYUNG LEE, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

After delays, Samsung rolled out a curved TV that uses an advanced display called OLED. The 55-inch TV will sell for 15 million won in South Korea, more than five times the cost of LCD televisions of the same size. But the executive vice president of Samsung's TV division, said the company is optimistic about demand for the high-end TV.

The kill decision shouldn't belong to a robot

June 27, 2013 10:25 am | by Daniel Suarez, TED Talk | Videos | Comments

As a novelist, Daniel Suarez spins dystopian tales of the future. But on the TEDGlobal stage, he talks us through a real-life scenario we all need to know more about: the rise of autonomous robotic weapons of war. Advanced drones, automated weapons and AI-powered intelligence-gathering tools, he suggests, could take the decision to make war out of the hands of humans.

Top Ten Myths of LEDs: #8 – “LEDs are best left to China”

June 26, 2013 8:49 am | by Mike Krames, CTO, Soraa | Blogs | Comments

I have been in the LED business for almost twenty years, and each year I hear a comment along the lines of “LEDs are a commodity product”. What’s the definition of a commodity product? It’s one that is very cheap, undifferentiated, anybody can make it, and margins are low.

Fiber-coupled single emitter module emits 10 W CW

June 25, 2013 12:01 pm | Dilas Diode Laser, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

DILAS introduced a fiber-coupled, single emitter module that emits 10 W continuous wave (CW) power at 976 nm from a single, 200-micron broad area emitter. Available in a high heat load (HHL) package, this easy-to-integrate, high-brightness, 976-nm, multimode diode laser is desirable for medical

Top Ten Myths of LEDs: #9 – “LEDs are expensive”

June 24, 2013 9:00 am | by Mike Krames, CTO, Soraa | Blogs | Comments

“Ten bucks for a light bulb?!”, exclaims my daughter in response to my estimate of the ‘tipping point’ price for LED-based lighting products for the residential consumer. She, like many consumers, has yet to internalize that the real cost of ‘inexpensive’ conventional light bulbs is energy consumption, and that LEDs pay back on this aspect right away.

Pushbutton switch assembly reduces panel-mounting requirements by up to 75%

June 21, 2013 2:27 pm | Electro-Mech Components | Product Releases | Comments

Electro-Mech’s new SW44895 quad lamp pushbutton switch assembly has been expanded to include multiple options to meet industry requirements, including rubber dust boot for panel protection and enlarged lens cap to match industry standard sizes. Offering dual and quad lighted displays in a versatile range of SPST to DPDT switch functions...

Top Ten Myths of LEDs: #10 – “LEDs are dangerous”

June 21, 2013 2:06 pm | by Mike Krames, CTO, Soraa | Blogs | Comments

Any time a new, disruptive technology enters the public sphere, concern is raised about almost every conceivable aspect. This is especially the case for lighting wherein each and every one of us has a base of experience and, likely, some opinions. While it is certainly prudent to scrutinize any new technology from a health and use perspective...

Enclosed basket fixtures offer high output, efficiency

June 20, 2013 11:32 am | Product Releases | Comments

To seamlessly light indoor commercial spaces, Hubbell Lighting announced two new brilliantly designed enclosed basket fixtures from Columbia Lighting—the Transition Enclosed TRE (fluorescent) and LTRE (LED). The new commercial lighting standard, the Transition Enclosed TRE and LTRE bring an exceptional combination of outstanding light output, high efficiency and precise color rendering for a wide range of environments.

LED work light designed to provide versatile mounting and high adjustability

June 19, 2013 4:26 pm | Larson Electronics Llc | Product Releases | Comments

Larson Electronics has announced the release of a powerful LED work light designed to provide versatile mounting and high adjustability for applications where precise placement and hands free operation is important. The LED40W-GNM LED High Output LED Light Emitter can illuminate as much area as a halogen work lamp....

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