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LED Drivers: Big Market With a Twist

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kfield
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Default position?
kfield   7/26/2013 11:52:53 AM
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Hi Bill - thanks for posting this. Given that the various claims can only be evaluted through hands-on testing, in your experience speaking with engineers is there a default position that they take with regard to what drives they choose to evaluate? IE, picking a driver from a vendor who is providing other components on the board?

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Bill_Jaffa   7/26/2013 1:58:32 PM
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From what I have seen and heard, the market splits into two main groups: for standard product and low-medium volume, the designer first looks to aname he/she knows as a credible vendor. If they have something that is a good fit (featgures and price), then they do a deal. For specialized, custom, or high-volume, the designer goes to a less well-known vendor and looks for a unique, tailored solution, and needs some assurance and testimony/references/track record that they can actually design and deliver the part.

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kfield   7/27/2013 1:59:02 PM
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So it sounds like this category works pretty much like any other with regard to the selection process - engineers go first to brands they are already familiar with, unless they have specialized needs. You point out that testing is important to verify the specs, does this result in longer product development cycles than usual?

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Why have you not mentioned the Japnese ant Korean led driver I C manufacyurers.
tesuram   7/26/2013 1:30:48 PM
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Why have you not mentioned Tiwanese/Korean and Japanese LED driver IC manufacturers/

Sone of their ICs are realy regud and long lasting

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Re: Why have you not mentioned the Japnese ant Korean led driver I C manufacyurers.
Bill_Jaffa   7/26/2013 1:55:14 PM
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Please, add some names of vendors that you know--as I said, my list was not "complete". I welcome your additions to it.

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WEBENCH LED Designer and Architect
Nikhil Gupta   7/30/2013 8:06:37 AM
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Have you tried using WEBENCH LED Designer and LED Architect? It makes designing a LED system very easy and allows for optimizations across cost, space and efficiency. These tools can be accessed from Texas Instruments' website www.ti.com.

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Susan Rambo   7/30/2013 8:52:21 PM
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@Nikhil Gupta: It makes designing a LED system very easy and allows for optimizations across cost, space and efficiency.

How long have you been using the tool, and what is an example of a project you used it on?

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