Advanced thin-film technology beefs up LED performance Product News 11/30/2005 Post a comment OSRAM Opto Semiconductors Inc. has made significant improvements to its proprietary thin-film technology that have resulted in enhancements to the luminous efficacy and color palette of its Power TOPLED line of light-emitting diodes (LEDs) for automotive, signal and signage applications. The new Power TOPLED products are said to offer 150 percent greater efficiency and produce a wide variety of red and yellow tones. In addition, the new devices offer all the benefits of surface-mount technology
Phototriacs feature a low trigger current Product News 11/22/2005 Post a comment Vishay Intertechnology, Inc. has unveiled a new line of phototriacs that feature a low trigger current of 1.6 mA, which the company said is lower than any other competitive device. The new devices also provide a static dV/dt greater than 5 kV/microsecond.
IBM claims better LED News & Analysis 11/17/2005 Post a comment IBM Corp. unveiled what is said is the world's first electroluminescent nanotube transistor and claimed it glows 1,000 times brighter than a light-emitting diode.
Avanex narrows loss after restructuring News & Analysis 11/9/2005 Post a comment Photonic components supplier Avanex Corp. reported a net loss of $16.9 million, or 12 cents per share on sales of $41.2 million in the first fiscal 2006 quarter ended September, compared with a net loss of $42.8 million, or 30 cents per share on sales of $42.7 million in the prior quarter.
Vishay sales fall, earnings up sequentially News & Analysis 11/4/2005 Post a comment Passive components and semiconductor supplier Vishay Intertechnology Inc. reported earnings of $19.9 million, or 11 cents per share on sales of $566.1 million the third quarter of 2005, compared to $22.1 million, or 13 cents per share on sales of $584.3 million in the year-ago quarter.
Infrared phototransistors shrink in size Product News 11/3/2005 Post a comment Now available in a 1206 case size, TT electronics OPTEK Technology's new series of NPN silicon transistors are designed for infrared detection in sensing applications. The new miniaturized surface-mount OP520/OP521 series devices tout fast response times of 15 microseconds for machine automation, miniature optical encoders and other high-speed, non-contact position sensing systems.
Drones are, in essence, flying autonomous vehicles. Pros & cons surrounding drones today might well foreshadow the debate over the development of self-driving cars. In the context of a strongly regulated aviation industry, "self-flying" drones pose a fresh challenge. How safe is it to fly drones in different environments? Should drones be required for visual line of sight, as are piloted airplanes? Is the technology advancing faster than we can answer the questions it poses?
Panelists: Chad Sweet, Director of Engineering, Qualcomm; Yannick Levy, VP Corporate Business Development, Parrot; Jim Williams, ex-FAA drone chief; Michael Drobac, Exec. Director, Small UAV Coalition; Moderator: Junko Yoshida, Chief Int'l Correspondent, EE Times