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OneLED - Waterproof LEDs advance design of outdoor displays
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3/30/2012   1 comment
Small multi-color LEDs with high brightness performance are ideal candidates for outdoor video displays with high resolution. This article will discuss the benefits of surface-mount LEDs which are made from a completely black package for highest contrast indoor video, as well as ingress protected (IP) LEDs for outdoor use.
High-voltage surge stoppers ensure reliability during power spikes
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3/29/2012   6 comments
In automotive, industrial, and avionic applications, high-voltage power supply spikes are commonly encountered. The electronics within these systems must not only survive surges, but in many cases also operate reliably throughout the event—and devices charged via automobile power points (lighters) must also be protected.
Precise control and regulation of LED colors for lighting design
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3/27/2012   3 comments
Good and efficient LED lamps require an intelligent activation system. This activation system must solve a number of technical challenges, among them, the color and intensity of individual LEDs which depend on age, current and temperature.
Curtiss-Wright enhances AVDU-1626/7 6.5" VGA multi-function LCD display
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3/26/2012   Post a comment
Curtiss-Wright Controls Defense Solutions has extended the family of Skyquest rugged mission displays for helicopter and fixed-wing platforms with the introduction of an upgraded version of the Skyquest AVDU1626 6.4” display.
Eight19 readies printed plastic solar cell R&D center
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3/26/2012   7 comments
Eight19 Ltd. (Cambridge, England), a spin-off from the University of Cambridge chartered with producing printed plastic solar cells, has announced it has commissioned a development and roll-to-roll printing facility at its headquarters.
Stion begins PV shipments from Hattiesburg factory
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3/23/2012   2 comments
Stion, a startup formed to manufacture thin-film solar modules, has announced it has received UL and IEC certifications to ship modules from its Hattiesburg, Missouri factory.
Sharp offers more efficiency, luminous flux for Pico Zenigata LED line
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3/21/2012   Post a comment
Sharp's LED line-up now comprises three different series that shine with luminous flux levels of up to 72.5 lumen and with an efficiency of up to 125 lm/W.
Cree expands XLamp family of mid-power lighting-class LEDs
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3/21/2012   1 comment
Cree's latest LEDs in its mid-power XLamp ML-C and ML-E series bring increased versatility and flexibility to a wide spectrum of lighting applications.
Sharp offers more efficiency, luminous flux for Pico Zenigata LED line
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3/20/2012   Post a comment
Sharp rounds off its Pico Zenigata LED portfolio with a new white high-performance LED series while increasing the luminous flux of the previous generation in parallel. The line-up now comprises three different series that shine with luminous flux levels of up to 72.5 lumens and with an efficiency of up to 125 lm/W.
Osram QOD LED tile facilitates modular combinations
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3/20/2012   Post a comment
The square QOD LED lamp family from Osram has gained a new member.
Optoelectronics industry seeks manufacturing comeback
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3/19/2012   1 comment
Alarmed by the exodus of its manufacturing base to Asia, key players in the photonics industry are seeking to revive domestic manufacturing. The rewards? More U.S. manufacturing jobs and ability to provide greater amounts of secure bandwidth.
FlexRay spec rev offers back compatibility, lower costs
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3/15/2012   Post a comment
The FlexRay electrical physical layer spec Rev. 3.0.1 has been released and production of second generation transceivers has started. Semiconductor manufacturers have to ensure full device specific functional range in existing applications with a drop-in replacement.
Lumex expands SunBrite family of general illumination LEDs
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3/15/2012   Post a comment
Lumex's SunBrite MR-16 Retrofit LED (SSP-M16 series) technology offers comparable brightness (300 Lumens at 12 V) and color performance (CRI over 80) to halogen alternatives, while simultaneously providing significant energy, cost and lifespan improvements.
Heliatek opens organic PV factory, plans second plant
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3/14/2012   Post a comment
Heliatek GmbH has opened its first production facility for the manufacture of flexible organic solar cells with a ceremony at the Dresden site attended by the prime minister of Saxony, Stanislaw Tillich.
We teardown a Chevy Volt (exclusive videos)
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3/12/2012   2 comments
What makes a Chevy Volt tick (and whirr and hum) is revealed in these videos where the car was taken apart over three days—quality, ruggedness, and modularity for incorporating future technology are apparent.
Buck-boost driver/controller for HB LEDs delivers over 100W
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3/12/2012   Post a comment
LT3791 synchronous converter from Linear Technology supplies high-brightness LED strings; handles poorly behaved supply rails
Finisar rolls leading-edge 100G modules for telecom networks
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3/9/2012   Post a comment
Finisar's 100G Coherent and DWDM CFP modules are designed to bring cost economies and power efficiency to long haul and metro applications.
M/A-COM releases driver solutions for 100G applications
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3/9/2012   Post a comment
M/A-COM launched a portfolio of 100G modulator drivers for line-side and client-side applications.
Intelligent lighting controller measures ambient light and tracks time
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3/9/2012   5 comments
With modern semiconductor technology, it is not difficult to design a controller that measures the ambient light level and controls lighting in a preset way.
TT electronics OPI1268S optoisolator
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3/9/2012   Post a comment
TT electronics' optoisolator carries the UL, VDE, ATEX and IP certifications for harsh environments.
Powering an LED-based replacement for a T8 fluorescent tube
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3/6/2012   1 comment
Two approaches: a retrofit which replaces the traditional tube with an LED tube and only requires short-circuiting the starter; or replacing the traditional tube and the ballast
ISO 26262 cuts electronics complexity risks: Pt. 2- Design for robustness
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3/2/2012   Post a comment
Future development and integration of automotive safety functions will strengthen the need to have safe system development processes and to provide evidence that all reasonable safety objectives are satisfied. ISO 26262 provides guidance to reduce these risks to a tolerable level by providing feasible requirements and processes.

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Teensy-Weensy GPAK4 Mixed Signal FPGAs
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The vast majority of the embedded designers I know typically create MCU-based systems -- they rarely even consider using a Field-Programmable Gate Array (FPGA).

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A Book For All Reasons
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