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Standardization + Regulation | Technology | Feb 08, 2013
LEDOTRON: Digital Dimming Technology for a New World of Lighting Convenience
LEDOTRON: Digital Dimming Technology for a New World of Lighting Convenience LEDOTRON is the name of the new digital standard for dimming systems designed for LED and compact fluorescent retrofit lamps. The innovative digital dimming and regulation technology was developed in collaboration with OSRAM and is to be passed as the IEC 62756-1 standard end of this year.The participants at the LEDOTRON press conference at the BAU trade fair in Munich in January 2013 were presented with the advantages of the LEDOTRON technology. Read more »
White Paper | Technology | Jan 30, 2013
New Options for Transparent Contact Electrodes
New Options for Transparent Contact Electrodes Found in flat screens, solar modules, or in new organic light-emitting diode (LED) displays, transparent electrodes have become ubiquitous. Typically, they consist of metal oxides like In2O3, SnO2, ZnO and TiO2 . Read more »
Technology | Jan 10, 2013
Dimming with Warmer, Cozier White Light - NXP Transforms LED Color Quality
Dimming with Warmer, Cozier White Light - NXP Transforms LED Color Quality When comparing LEDs to incandescent light bulbs, there is a noticeable difference in light quality: LED lamps when dimmed are perceived to be “colder” than incandescents. At CES 2013 this week, NXP Semiconductors (NASDAQ: NXPI) is demonstrating a groundbreaking solution that allows LED lamps to closely mimic the traditional incandescent light bulb, to produce a warmer, cozier white light as they are dimmed. Featuring “sensorless sensing” technology, developed and patented by NXP, this solution also has the advantage of driving down LED system costs by eliminating external temperature sensors, reducing the size of the heat sinks required for LED system cooling, and significantly improving reliability. Read more »
White Paper | Technology | Jan 09, 2013
Scientists Mimic Fireflies to Make Brighter LEDs
Scientists Mimic Fireflies to Make Brighter LEDs The nighttime twinkling of fireflies has inspired scientists to modify a light-emitting diode (LED) so it is more than one and a half times as efficient as the original. Researchers from Belgium, France, and Canada studied the internal structure of firefly lanterns, the organs on the bioluminescent insects’ abdomens that flash to attract mates. The scientists identified an unexpected pattern of jagged scales that enhanced the lanterns’ glow, and applied that knowledge to LED design to create an LED overlayer that mimicked the natural structure. The overlayer, which increased LED light extraction by up to 55 percent, could be easily tailored to existing diode designs to help humans light up the night while using less energy. The work is published in a pair of papers today in the Optical Society’s (OSA) open-access journal Optics Express. Read more »
Technology | Dec 13, 2012
Nature Materials Study: Boosting Heat Transfer with Nanoglue Might also Improve LED Cooling
Nature Materials Study: Boosting Heat Transfer with Nanoglue Might also Improve LED Cooling A team of interdisciplinary researchers at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute has developed a new method for significantly increasing the heat transfer rate across two different materials. Results of the team's study, published in the journal Nature Materials, could enable new advances in cooling computer chips and lighting-emitting diode (LED) devices, collecting solar power, harvesting waste heat, and other applications. Read more »
Technology | Dec 07, 2012
Copper, Gold and Tin for Efficient LED Chips
Copper, Gold and Tin for Efficient LED Chips With gold, copper or tin and special galvanizing processes, scientists are improving the function of semi-conductors and making the manufacture of microelectronic systems a child‘s play. Especially the LED industry could profit from this. Read more »
White Paper | Technology | Dec 05, 2012
Power Integrations Sets New Standard for Power Density in LED-Driver Reference Design for T8-Tube Replacement
Power Integrations Sets New Standard for Power Density in LED-Driver Reference Design for T8-Tube Replacement Power Integrations, the leader in high-voltage integrated circuits for energy-efficient power conversion, today announced two new reference designs describing high-efficiency, non-isolated, high-power-factor (PF) LED drivers for T8 tubes. The designs feature low component count and leverage simple magnetics and single-sided boards yielding industry-leading power densities of 14.2 W/in³. Based on the LNK460KG LED driver from Power Integrations’ LinkSwitch-PL family of ICs, the circuits detailed in DER-337 (high-line) and DER-345 (low-line) use single-stage non-isolated topologies which result in a profile of only 8 mm - small enough to be mounted behind the LEDs in the T8 tube. Read more »
White Paper | Technology | Oct 10, 2012
Fan Efficiency, An Increasingly Important Selection Criteria
Fan Efficiency, An Increasingly Important Selection Criteria How important is fan efficiency in the selection of a cooling system? Selecting a cooling fan is no longer about airflow and noise. The true test for a design engineer is the understanding that by selecting an efficient cooling fan system savings in cost of ownership can be realized. NMB Technologies Corporation, a Minebea Group Company, has released a new white paper on that issue. Read more »
Technology | Sep 13, 2012
NTNU Researchers Commercialize Semiconductors Grown on Graphene
NTNU Researchers Commercialize Semiconductors Grown on Graphene NTNU researchers have patented and are commercializing GaAs nanowires grown on graphene, a hybrid material with competitive properties. Semiconductors grown on graphene are expected to become the basis for new types of device systems, and could fundamentally change the semiconductor industry. The technology underpinning their approach has recently been described in a publication in the American research journal Nano Letters. Read more »
White Paper | Technology | Sep 11, 2012
SMART-Project Aims to Develop Logic and Light on a Chip Using GaN-on-Si Technology
The research project Low Energy Electronics Systems (LEES) has started its work with a kick-off meeting. The program’s initiator is the renowned Singapore MIT Alliance for Research and Technology (SMART) Center based in Singapore. The LEES team consists of eminent research and science specialists and is targeting the development of cuttingedge technology to increase energy efficiency and advance high-tech industries that complement microelectronics. Two AIXTRON CRIUS® 1x200 mm systems, which the project managers ordered early this year, will form the technological foundation basis for the LEES project work. They will be available for use in the project from the fourth quarter of 2012. Read more »
White Paper | Technology | Aug 30, 2012
Power Integrations Unveils A19 LED Driver Reference Design Targeting 100 W Incandescent Bulb Replacements
Power Integrations Unveils A19 LED Driver Reference Design Targeting 100 W Incandescent Bulb Replacements Power Integrations (Nasdaq:POWI), maker of the most efficient, longest-lasting off-line LED driver ICs, today announced DER-323, a reference design for an 18W, 88%-efficient, non-isolated A19 LED driver based on LNK460VG, a low-profile IC from the company's LinkSwitch™-PL family. The design is suitable for a 100 W incandescent bulb replacement and is optimized for low-line (90 VAC to 135 VAC) operation. The circuit is low-cost, requiring only a simple single-sided board and 25 components. No potting is necessary and the transformer is replaced by a low-cost inductor. Read more »
Technology | Aug 14, 2012
ASSIST Released Calculation Guidelines to Avoid Stroboscopic Effects in SSL Lighting
ASSIST Released Calculation Guidelines to Avoid Stroboscopic Effects in SSL Lighting Flicker and stroboscopic effects have been a concern with solid-state lighting (SSL), and industry and the ENERGY STAR program have debated recently the effects of frequency and other driving modes on the perception and acceptability of flicker. To provide further data and guidance in this area, the Lighting Research Center (LRC) at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute has conducted human factors studies of flicker that were recently published in the Lighting Research and Technology journal. The studies, funded by the Alliance for Solid-State Illumination Systems and Technologies (ASSIST), will become the basis for future ASSIST recommends guidelines on flicker from SSL systems. Read more »
White Paper | Technology | Aug 02, 2012
SWITCH CEO Reveals Best-Kept Secret in LED Lighting
SWITCH CEO Reveals Best-Kept Secret in LED Lighting Tracy Bilbrough, CEO of SWITCH Lighting™, the first company to offer a full family of LED replacements to the incandescent A-Lamp, today revealed for the first time key details behind the company’s core technology to a group of industry insiders during a speech at the LED Show. Bilbrough also introduced SWITCH’s new LQD Cooling System™. Read more »
White Paper | Technology | Jul 31, 2012
Cree Announces 170 Lumen-Per-Watt LED Light Bulb Demonstrator
Less than one year after showcasing the 152 lumens-per-watt concept LED bulb, Cree, Inc. (Nasdaq: CREE) delivers a new performance benchmark with the 170 lumens-per-watt (LPW) prototype LED light bulb. The innovations behind the high-performance 170 LPW LED bulb are enabling significantly higher efficacy and lower cost for Cree’s luminaire portfolio and demonstrate Cree’s continued commitment to accelerate the adoption of LED lighting by addressing initial cost and payback – key barriers to widespread LED lighting adoption. Read more »
Technology | Jul 07, 2012
LED System Design with Cititzen LEDs (by A. Lohrer, Endrich)
LED System Design with Cititzen LEDs (by A. Lohrer, Endrich) Rapid improvements in high-power LEDs are opening up more and more application possibilities. These go beyond the simple replacement of the light bulb: thanks to fast technology advancements creative lighting solutions such as object illumination that were unthinkable a few years ago are now possible (see Figure - Illuminated Bridge). Recent price trends have resulted in many large lighting companies now exclusively using LEDs as light sources for new developments. Read more »
Technology | Jul 05, 2012
New Thermal Management Product Manufacturing Process Brightens Future of LED Lighting
New Thermal Management Product Manufacturing Process Brightens Future of LED Lighting A new technique for making brighter, longer-lasting LEDs (Light Emitting Diodes) has taken the first leap from research laboratory towards the three-billion-US-dollar global market in high-powered lighting. The new manufacturing system, called liquid forging, dramatically improves the way tiny electronic devices keep cool and looks set to revolutionize production of next generation LEDs. Read more »
Technology | May 11, 2012
Bridgelux and Toshiba Achieve World Class Performance for 8″ GaN-On-Silicon LEDs
Bridgelux and Toshiba Achieve World Class Performance for 8″ GaN-On-Silicon LEDs Bridgelux, a leading developer and promoter of LED lighting technologies and solutions, and Toshiba Corporation, a world-leading semiconductor manufacturer, today announced that Bridgelux and Toshiba have achieved the industry’s top class 8” GaN on Silicon LED chip emitting 614mW, <3.1V@350mA with 1.1mm square chip, just months after they have engaged in a joint collaborative agreement this year. Bridgelux and Toshiba will further accelerate their development efforts for LED chips, which have seen increasing demand for LCD panels and lightening systems world wide. Read more »
Technology | May 09, 2012
NGK Developed GaN Wafer for Ultra High Brightness LEDs
NGK Developed GaN Wafer for Ultra High Brightness LEDs NGK Insulators has announced it has developed gallium nitride (GaN) wafers that double luminous efficiency of a LED light source compared to conventional materials. Created with original liquid phase epitaxial growth technology, NGK's GaN wafer has low defect density and colorless transparency over the whole wafer surface. Read more »
Technology | May 08, 2012
GT Advanced Technologies Releases Findings of Latest Case Study on Impact of Sapphire Material on HB LED Manufacturing
GT Advanced Technologies Releases Findings of Latest Case Study on Impact of Sapphire Material on HB LED Manufacturing GT Advanced Technologies will host a LED manufacturing symposium in Shanghai, China, May 9-10, 2012. The event will bring together a wide range of manufacturers from the LED value chain throughout Asia, from sapphire crystal growers to epi-wafer and LED device producers, to discuss the metrics that matter most in producing high yielding and high quality LEDs. Particular focus will be on the role that high quality sapphire material plays in driving downstream yield improvements and costs reductions. Presenters include representatives from Philips Lumileds, Arima Optoelectronics, Yole Developpement, KLA Tencor, Meyer Berger and GT. Read more »
Technology | May 03, 2012
Strategy Analytics Study Predicts that LED Manufacturers are Considering Gallium Nitride on Silicon
As the LED market faces the challenges of softening demand, reduced government subsidies and rapidly declining pricing, manufacturers must investigate new techniques to improve cost structure. Most of the LEDs currently produced use a Gallium Nitride (GaN)-on-sapphire manufacturing process. The Strategy Analytics GaAs and Compound Semiconductor Technologies Service (GaAs) viewpoint, “Compound Semiconductor Industry Review February 2012: Optoelectronics, Materials and Equipment,” provides details of two companies that have purchased equipment from Veeco Instruments to develop less costly GaN-on-silicon fabrication processes, SemiLEDS and Epistar. The report also captures announcements for companies such as Soitec, AIXTRON, AXT, Hitachi Cable, JDSU, Sharp, Furukawa, Finisar, Oclaro, Emcore, GigOptix, IQE and Avago Technologies. Read more »
Technology | May 02, 2012
Low Efficiency Droop LED - Overcoming the Mysterious Phenomenon Could Lead to Affordable LED Lighting
Low Efficiency Droop LED - Overcoming the Mysterious Phenomenon Could Lead to Affordable LED Lighting Like a coffee enthusiast who struggles to get a buzz from that third cup of morning joe, light-emitting diodes (LEDs) seem to reach a point where more electricity no longer imparts the same kick and productivity levels-off. Now a team of researchers from California and Japan has devised a new design for green and blue LEDs that avoids much of this vexing efficiency droop. The findings will be presented at the Conference on Lasers and Electro-Optics (CLEO: 2012), taking place May 6-11 in San Jose, Calif. Read more »
News-Spot | Technology | Apr 25, 2012
Philips Develops Technology to Reduce Dependence on Rare Earths for LEDs
Philips Develops Technology to Reduce Dependence on Rare Earths for LEDs Rare earths are one of the basic elements of modern electronics. They are indispensable for producing LEDs. Since there is a growing demand and restricted quotas, the urgently needed decline of LED prices could be slowed down. Hence Philips has kicked off working on a technology that will significantly reduce its dependence on rare earth minerals for its LED lighting products. Read more »
White Paper | Technology | Mar 13, 2012
Diamond Brightens the Performance of Electronic Devices and LEDs
Diamond Brightens the Performance of Electronic Devices and LEDs Two new studies performed at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Argonne National Laboratory have revealed a new pathway for materials scientists to use previously unexplored properties of nanocrystalline-diamond thin films. While the properties of diamond thin films are relatively well-understood, the new discovery could dramatically improve the performance of certain types of integrated circuits by reducing their "thermal budget." Read more »
White Paper | Technology | Mar 07, 2012
Flexible Organic LED (OLED) Lighting Reaches High Energy Efficiency
Flexible Organic LED (OLED) Lighting Reaches High Energy Efficiency Chemical group Solvay and Holst Centre have demonstrated high efficiency flexible Organic Light Emitting Diodes (OLED) lighting tiles with a surface area of 69cm². These large-area demonstrators contain several layers deposited by solution processing at Holst Centre and additional layers applied by conventional vacuum deposition at Solvay. Read more »
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