Briefs : Lighting
Transparent Conducting Oxides and Undercoat Technologies for Economical OLED Lighting

Economics is a key factor for application of organic light-emitting diodes (OLEDs) in general lighting relative to OLED flat panel displays that can handle high-cost materials such as indium tin oxide (ITO) or indium zinc oxide (IZO) as the transparent...

Briefs : Lighting
Hydrogen Fuel Cell-Powered Mobile Lighting System

A new mobile lighting system features a fuel cell running on pure hydrogen, resulting in zero-emission electrical power. The fuel cell produces electricity for an advanced, power-saving light-emitting plasma (LEP) lighting system and additional auxiliary power up to 2.5 kW, which allows extra...

Briefs : Lighting
High-Performance LED Comprised of Organic and Quantum Dot-Based Layers

New research paves the way to manufacturing efficient, stable, and low-cost quantum dot-based light-emitting diodes (LEDs), which is important for the widespread commercial use of these LEDs in large-area, full-color flat-panel displays or as solid-state lighting sources to...

Application Briefs : Lighting
LED Street Lights Cut Energy Consumption and Eliminate Bulb Changes

Founded over 200 years ago along the Mississippi River in Missouri, the city of Cape Girardeau is now home to almost 38,000 residents. The Missouri Highway 74 corridor through the city's downtown is one of the busiest thoroughfares in the city, leading up to the Emerson Memorial...

Application Briefs : Lighting
Flexible LED Assembly for Automotive Signal Lighting

A build-out-of-the-box approach to turn, tail, and stop lighting applications on vehicles significantly reduces engineering and development costs. With recent improvements to Snap LED, an automotive LED assembly, the need for retesting and screening is removed, which can save users on...

Techs for License : Lighting
High Extraction Efficiency GaN LED

Photonic crystals have received an increasing amount of interest for use as light extractors in light-emitting diodes (LEDs), but their implementation on the surface of LEDs has thus far produced little improvement in extraction efficiency.

Techs for License : Lighting
Relaxed SiGe Films By Surfactant Mediation

Relaxed silicon-germanium (SiGe) has become an important material in the fabrication of high-quality films for various applications. Strain-relaxed SiGe buffers have been produced by at least three known methods. However, these techniques present several disadvantages, such as long growth times, thick...

Products : Lighting
LED Power Supplies

ERG Lighting (Endicott, NY) has introduced eDriver LED power supplies, available in a broad range of constant voltage and constant current drivers. The driver modules are 90% efficient and fully isolated, with universal input (120 V, 220 V, 277 V), power factor correction > 90%, and 0-10 V dimming options. eDrivers provide the...

Products : Lighting
Six-Channel LED Driver IC

The HV9957 from Supertex (Sunnyvale, CA) combines a switch-mode boost converter and six low-dropout, linear current regulators to deliver high efficiency and precise current control in an LED driver. The IC can drive up to six strings of LEDs at 30 mA each, which is well-suited for battery-powered LED backlighting...

Products : Lighting
Poke-In Wire SSL Connector

TE Connectivity (Harrisburg, PA) has extended its line of poke-in connectors to include the new micro poke-in wire SSL connector — a low-profile printed circuit board connector specifically designed for LED channel lettering lighting strips, general illumination LED fixtures, architectural cove and valence lighting,...

Products : Lighting
LED Control IC

The IRS2548D switched-mode power supply control IC from International Rectifier (El Segundo, CA) is for high-power LED illumination including LED street lighting, stadium lighting, and theatrical lighting. The device achieves PWM dimming down to less than two percent light output, and offers protection features that include...

Products : Lighting
Low-Profile LED Lighting Connectors

Two new series of connectors for LED lighting systems from AVX Corporation (Greenville, SC) maintain the same luminosity and light intensity as florescent strip lights. The standard length of fluorescent lights is 1.2 m and it is impossible to reflow-mount LEDs on such a long printed circuit board placed in...

Products : Lighting
Multi-Functional Connector System

Hirose (Simi Valley, CA) has developed a 2-mm pitch, multi-functional connector system that provides wire-to-board, board-to-board joint and short-circuit sockets in a single connector design. The DF59 connector is ideal for the LED market and other applications that require a small connector, such as battery...

Products : Energy
Efficient IGBTs

Powerex (Youngwood, PA) has introduced IGBTs from 300A/1200V - 800A/1200V in conventional packages, allowing users an easy upgrade path for increased system ratings and/or improved reliability due to the increased allowable operating junction temperature. Applications include motor drives, fuel cells, and wind and solar...

Articles : Manufacturing & Prototyping
YouTube and NASA Want Student Experiments

NASA has partnered with Space Adventures to support the YouTube Space Lab competition that invites students to envision and design their own experiment with the ultimate prize -- flying it on the International Space Station.

The contest opened on October 11, and will continue to accept submissions...

Products
Advanced Driver Assistance System

dSPACE (Wixom, MI) has added the ADASIS v2 Horizon Reconstructor Blockset (ADASIS v2 HR Blockset) to its range of products for developing advanced driver assistance systems. The Simulink blockset provides access to data on the road ahead. Such data, for example, comes from a navigation system or a special ECU,...

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Model-Based and Trace-Based Timing Analysis

Symtavision (Braunschweig, Germany) has launched SymTA/S 3.0 and TraceAnalyzer 3.0, the first fully integrated versions of these system-level tools for model-based design and trace-based verification. Targeted at automotive, aerospace, automation, and other performance- and safety-critical systems, the...

Products
Automotive Support Package

MathWorks (Natick, MA) introduces AUTOSAR Target Production Package, a flexible support package available to automotive engineers requiring advanced AUTOSAR capabilities with Simulink and Embedded Coder. The AUTOSAR Target Production Package helps engineers use more features of the AUTOSAR standard with simplified...

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Optical Design and Analysis Software

Synopsys, Inc. (Mountain View, CA) offers enhancements to its CODE V® optical design and analysis software, acquired as part of Synopsys' acquisition of Optical Research Associates. CODE V 10.4 delivers enhancements to its Beam Synthesis Propagation (BSP) tool that enable optical designers to model and...

Products
Mask‐Wafer Double Simulation Platform

D2S, Inc. (San Jose, CA) has introduced TrueMaskTM DS, the industry’s first mask‐wafer double simulation accelerated workstation for R&D exploration, bit‐cell design, hot‐spot analysis, and mask‐defect categorization that comprehends overlapping eBeam shots and dose modulation. TrueMask DS is an...

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Computer-Aided Engineering Software Suite

Altair Engineering, Inc. (Troy, MI) has released the HyperWorks 11.0 Student Edition, a personal academic version of the popular suite of computer-aided engineering (CAE) software used by manufacturers around the world. The Student Edition offers affordable opportunities for engineering and design...

Articles : Sensors/Data Acquisition
Meet Our Readers: Ken Polcak, Noise Abatement Design & Analysis Team Leader

Polcak is a civil engineer by training and acoustical/noise control engineer by practice. He deals with transportation noise analysis and mitigation. Polcak's experience centers on the acoustical design of noise barriers, computer prediction and modeling of propagation,...

News : Electronics & Computers
Ongoing Power Performance Research to Advance Electromobility

The AutoTram® is as long as a streetcar and as maneuverable as a bus. It doesn’t need rails or overhead lines because it rolls on rubber tires and simply follows white lines on the street. In “Fraunhofer’s System Research for Electromobility,” the AutoTram® was used as an...

Products : Transportation
Automotive-Qualified IGBTs Optimized for Electric and Hybrid Vehicle Applications

International Rectifier (El Segundo, CA) has released automotive-qualified 600 V IGBTs optimized for variable speed motor control and power supply applications used in electric and hybrid vehicles. The new devices cover a broad current range and offer a...

Question of the Week
Will autonomous vehicles increase efficiency and make us safer?
This week's Question: Google has been testing its autonomous cars on public roads. The search giant's fleet of robotic Toyota Priuses has now logged more than 190,000 miles, driving in city traffic, busy highways, and mountainous roads, with only occasional human intervention. The...
News : Energy
Invention Saving Consumers Trillions of Watt Hours

A University of California, San Diego technology that significantly reduces the amount of energy wasted by chips in electronic devices has recently passed the trillion watt-hour milestone in energy savings, according to the technology’s current licensee, Tela Innovations.

News : Energy
Record Voltage for Organic Solar Cells

Molecular Solar Ltd., a spinout company from the UK's University of Warwick, has have achieved a record voltage for organic photovoltaic cells - which means these highly flexible, low-cost solar cells can now be devolved for commercial uses in a wide range of consumer electronics.

News : Materials
Physicists Localize 3D Matter Waves

For the first time, University of Illinois physicists have experimentally demonstrated how three-dimensional conduction is affected by the defects that plague materials. An understanding of these effects is important for many electronics applications, including ultrasonic waves in medical imaging, lasers for...

Products : Energy
LED Drivers

XP Power (Sunnyvale, CA) has released the DLG series of constant voltage and constant current LED drivers for a range of outdoor lighting, security, and machine vision applications. The IP67-rated waterproof units are highly efficient, up to 90%, and generate less waste heat than competitor products - resulting in an extended...

News : Energy
Improving the Physics of Grocery Store Display Cases to Save Energy

Designing grocery display cases has a lot in common with aeronautical engineering. Refrigerated display cases shoot jets of air across their front openings, creating an invisible shield that aims to keep cold air in and warm air out. Current technology does this with limited...

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