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LED Driver Selection Tool

Power Integrations (San Jose, CA) has introduced an online selection tool that enables users to rapidly identify the appropriate power supply reference design for an LED lighting application. The LED Design Selector...

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Film Capacitors

TDK-EPC, a group company of the TDK Corporation (Uniondale, NY), has extended its range of EPCOS MKP film capacitors with the B32671L8 and B32672L9 series. The high-voltage (2000 VDC) capacitors are available with reduced...

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LED Flash Controller

STMicroelectronics (Geneva, Switzerland) offers the STCF04 chip, an integrated camera flash and torch controller that raises the maximum power of an LED flash module to over 40 Watts. The device also provides extra flash...

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Infrared Emitters

Opto Diode Corp. (Newbury Park, CA) has introduced three infrared (IR) emitters. The OD-850W gallium aluminum arsenide (GaAlAs) LED features a wide-emission angle and typical optical output of 40mW at 100mA. The...

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Indicator LEDs

The QuasarBrite™ panel mount indicator LED from Lumex (Palatine, IL) operates with 120 VAC power that can be taken directly out of the main power source. The device is available in a round configuration with a 7mm diameter....

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Low/Mid Power LEDs

Everlight Electronics Co., Ltd. (Taipei, Taiwan) offers a series of low/mid power LEDs especially suited for use in solid state lighting. The Low/Mid Power LED series is directed towards light bar replacement and...

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Fiber Optic Light Module

Excelitas Technologies Corp. (Waltham, MA) has released the XLM Plus Fiber Optic Illuminator Module with Electronics. The Light Module has integrated electronic circuitry for safety alarms, error modes, and power...

Using high-precision microscopy and X-ray scattering techniques, University of Oregon researchers have gained new insights into the process of applying green chemistry to...

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Microrocket Propels Itself Through Human Stomach and Other Acidic Environments

Scientists at the University of California, San Diego have developed a new kind of tiny motor — which they call a “microrocket” — that can propel itself through acidic environments, such as the human stomach, without any external energy source. Joseph Wang...

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Industrial Robot Renders Accurate Human Portraits

A robot installation developed by artists in the Robotlab at the Center for Art and Media ZKM in Karlsruhe, Germany - some of whom are now employed at the Fraunhofer Institute for Optronics, System Technologies, and Image Exploitation IOSB - successfully sketches human portraits. “We have used...

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Tongue Drive System Goes Inside the Mouth to Improve Performance

The Tongue Drive System is a wireless device that enables people with high-level spinal cord injuries to operate a computer and maneuver an electrically powered wheelchair by moving their tongues. The latest prototype of the system, developed at Georgia Tech, allows users to wear...

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'Power Felt' Technology Holds Promise in Thermoelectrics

By touching a small piece of Power Felt – a promising new thermoelectric device developed by a team of researchers – body heat can be turned into an electrical current.

Potential uses for Power Felt include lining automobile seats to boost battery power and service electrical needs,...

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Self-Propelled Medical Device Moves Through Bloodstream

For years, scientists had searched for the secret to making tiny implantable devices that could travel through the bloodstream. Engineers at Stanford have demonstrated a wirelessly powered device that can be implanted or injected into the human body and powered using electromagnetic radio...

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TRIAC Dimmable LED Driver

The new design example (DER-302) from Power Integrations (San Jose, CA) describes a non-isolated, high-efficiency, high power factor (PF), TRIAC dimmable LED driver designed to drive a nominal LED string voltage of 36 V at 200 mA from an input voltage range of 185 VAC to 265 VAC (47 Hz — 65 Hz).

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Low-Dropout Regulator for Portable Devices

The TLV710 and TLV711 series of dual, low-dropout (LDO) linear regulators from Texas Instruments (Dallas, TX) are low quiescent current devices with excellent line and load transient performance. These LDOs are designed for power-sensitive applications. These devices provide a typical accuracy of 2%...

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Programmable DC-DC Integrated Circuits

Summit Microelectronics (Sunnyvale, CA) has expanded its family of programmable DC-DC integrated circuits with the SMB206A and SMB210A. The SMB206A and SMB210A support advanced power management for ENERGY STAR® applications. These include digital LCD/LED/plasma/IP televisions, digital cable/satellite/IP...

ZMDI (Dresden, Germany) has introduced a family of 1, 2, and 3A current-mode synchronous buck DC/DC converter integrated circuits (ICs) tailored for ease of design, quick product development, and low bill of...

Linear Technology Corporation (Milpitas, CA) introduces the LTC2974 power supply manager with EEPROM for digital management of power supply systems with four or more power rails. The LTC2974 utilizes an I²C interface...

Emerson Network Power (Carlsbad, CA) has released an updated version of its integrated 250-W ATCA® power entry module and DC-DC bus converter. The ATCR250-48D12-03J integrates a...

Power Felt is a new thermoelectric device developed by researchers at the Center for Nanotechnology and Molecular Materials at Wake Forest University. By touching a small...

Graphene has been touted as the next silicon, but it is too conductive to be used in computer chips. A University of Manchester team led by Nobel laureates Professor Andre Geim and Professor Konstantin...

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Computer Scientists Study the Underground World of Plants

Plant and computer scientists can now study the underground world of plants with more accuracy and clarity. The revolutionary technique will improve chances of breeding better crop varieties and increasing yields.

Developed at The University of Nottingham by a team of experts from the...

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New System Allows Robots to Continuously Monitor Environment

A system, being developed by researchers at MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL), allows robots to navigate through constantly changing surroundings. The technology builds and continuously updates a three-dimensional map of an environment using a...

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The Future of Quantum Computing

Using a single phosphorus atom embedded in a silicon crystal, physicists have built a working transistor, laying the groundwork for a quantum computer that is smaller than today's silicon-based machines, and may one day function in nanoscale environments. Quantum computers may make it possible to quickly simulate...

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Stanford Aerospace Engineers Debut Open-Source Fluid Dynamics Software

Stanford University Unstructured is an open-source software package that gives advanced engineering students a crucial leg up on the time-consuming process of writing their own code to optimize aerospace design.

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NASA and Industry Team Up on Lean, Green Aircraft

Leaner, greener flying machines for the year 2025 are on the drawing boards of three industry teams under contract to the NASA Aeronautics Research Mission Directorate's Environmentally Responsible Aviation (ERA) Project. Teams from The Boeing Company, Lockheed Martin, and Northrop Grumman have...

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Information System Enables Safer Emergency Aircraft Landings

Aviation researchers at the Queensland University of Technology (QUT) in Australia are developing an information system to help Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) make safer emergency landings and better enable their wider commercial use. Dr. Luis Mejias Alvarez said UAVs could not fly in...

Sandia National Laboratory researchers have developed a family of liquid salt electrolytes - known as MetILs - that could lead to better batteries and well as devices that can help incorporate large-scale...

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'Cloaking' Device Could Protect Buildings From Vibrations, Natural Disasters

University of Manchester mathematicians have developed the theory for a ’cloaking’ device which could protect buildings from earthquakes. By cloaking components of structures with pressurised rubber, powerful waves such as those produced by an earthquake would not...

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