Smyrna, Ga.Murata Electronics North America has introduced an anti-fuse element for light emitting diodes (LEDs).
Developed to control open defects in LEDs, Murata's anti-fuse device prevents the lowering of power supply voltage, typically observed in Zener diodes, which results in higher energy efficiency.
Murata's anti-fuse element is connected in parallel to a serial LED, allowing each LED to stay lit should one become open. This allows for uninterrupted and even light, reduced maintenance costs and increased energy efficiency. The company's anti-fuse element can be used in all LED lighting fixtures and is especially well suited for large outdoor lights that generally require more maintenance.
The anti-fuse element measures 1.0mm x 0.5mm x 0.5mm. However, 0.6mm x 0.3mm and 0.4mm x 0.2mm sizes are in development. The allowable current is 350mA with a nominal voltage of 4V and a trigger voltage of 20V. Before activation, the insulating resistance is 1MΩ and the resistance after activation is less than 3Ω.
This new product is available in sample quantities for 40 cents and lead times are approximately eight to 10 weeks starting January 2010.
Murata Electronics North America, www.murata.com