Lighting & Illumination

September 2019
Do We Really Need a New Safety Standard?

Figure 1: IEC/EN 62368-1 is not a merge of the two standards IEC/EN 60065 and IEC/EN 60950 but a completely new one introducing a new way of working

Safety regulations have been in place for decades in the power industry and as we know only too well, all have been through lots of revisions. And although each revision has made them more stringent and tailored to our businesses, we have become familiar with designing products to conform to latest versions.
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09/30/2019
TVS for High Resolution Display, USB Circuit Protection
TEMPE, Ariz. – ProTek Devices has introduced a new steering diode transient voltage suppressor array for circuit protection across popular consumer electronic display interfaces. The new PUSB403 device is ideal for USB 1.0, 2.0, 3.0 and 3.1 and for HDMI 1.4 and 2.0 on UHD and 4K displays. The new
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09/30/2019
 Environmental Lights Launches MicroMax VLB LED Driver
SAN DIEGO -- Environmental Lights announced the launch of MicroMax VLB LED Drivers.
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09/27/2019

Compute at the Speed of Light

A research team at the University of Delaware fabricated a tiny metalens - a thin lens that can be designed at the nanoscale to focus light in a specific way - on a silicon-based chip programmed with hundreds of tiny air slots, enabling parallel optical signal processing all within the tiny chip.

The signals from a lighthouse to ships at sea is an early example of optical communication, the use of light to transmit information. Today, researchers in the field of integrated photonics are using optical communications principles to build high-tech devices, like lightning-fast computers, which utilize light
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09/26/2019
Rugged wide-range input 6/10W power modules
The DTE06 and DTE10 DC-DC converters provide 6W and 10W of power and offer a 4:1 input range, giving a wide tolerance for fluctuating supplies. With nominal inputs of 12/24VDC and 24/48VDC the series cover inputs between 9.0VDC and 75.0VDC.
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09/26/2019
LYTSwitch-6 LED drivers use PowiGaN technology
The new ICs with PowiGaN technology enable designs that deliver up to 110 W with 94% conversion efficiency using a simple, flexible flyback topology. The high efficiency of the new LYTSwitch-6 ICs eliminates
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09/26/2019
Digi-Key signs global distribution partnership with Directed Energy
This new partnership adds to the more than 8.7 million products available from more than 800 manufacturers through Digi-Key. Directed Energy provides ready-to-use modules for driving laser diodes as well as
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09/26/2019
Surface-mount isolated DC/DC converters maximise flexibility
The converters deliver a space-saving solution for bus isolation and general industrial power applications. These open-frame surface-mount modules are available with standard isolation rating of 1kV/second
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09/26/2019
RS Components adds robust TDK-Lambda power supply series
The cost-effective RWS-B series of AC-DC industrial power supplies comprises 10 models, each coming with an isolated 5V 1A standby voltage option. This latter feature makes the series suitable for markets including industrial, communications, test and measurement,
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09/26/2019
Automotive-grade backlight LED driver optimized for LCD panels
Unlike conventional drivers with 4 channels that support LCDs up to 8”, this IC provides 6 channels of output (with 120mA per channel) that can support LCD panels of up to 10-12” class. At the same time original buck-boost control ensures compatibility with both
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09/26/2019
TSR-WI Series â€
Covering the majority of standard bus- and battery voltages this POL converter line is a versatile solution for many applications in distributed power systems where different input voltages have to be handled. Being able to use the same converter in many different
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09/26/2019
Analog Devices ADF437x Synthesizers, Now at Mouser
The ADF4371 delivers one of the highest frequency synthesizers in the industry today, offering the widest continuous RF output range available — 62 MHz to 32 GHz — while the ADF4372 operates at 62 MHz to 16 GHz for designs that do not require the higher frequency.
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09/26/2019
Active current sharing added to BMR490 DC-DC converter
The current sharing capability enables two or more converters to be used in parallel for demanding datacom applications, thus delivering higher power on a single rail and improving redundancy. Up to six BMR490
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09/26/2019
LED drivers deliver high-current stability in portable devices
Key features include independently controlled output currents configured through an I2C-compatible interface and the ability to combine two devices (with different device identification addresses) to drive four LEDs up to 6A for quad-channel applications. The AL3644
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09/26/2019
New integrated point-of-load regulator increases efficiency
It is a fully integrated and highly efficient device in two versions (IR3826AM for 16 A and IR3826M for 23 A) for applications such as netcom router and switches, datacom, telecom base stations, server and enterprise storage.
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09/26/2019
EMC components: Extended range of power line chokes
The new components are available in three different core shapes with different rated currents and inductance values, delivering great design flexibility. The B82116B* rod core chokes cover rated currents of 10 A, 21 A and 25 A and offer inductance values of 1.8 μH,
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09/26/2019
Business Investment Platform Launched for Batteries
The EBA reconfirms that the business size of the European battery value chain will represent more than 250B€ annually, by 2025. Designed to bridge the gap between financial institutions and businesses, the
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09/26/2019
Technology enhances and simplifies design of 75 to 150W outputs
The SA modules are available with 5V /15A, 12V /12.5A, 15V /10A and 24V /6.25A outputs and offer a cost-effective solution for low power output requirements. The SA module’s patented loop control design uses
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09/26/2019
High reliability 80W DC/DC converter with 10 year warranty
Packaged in an industry standard 2x1 inch, six sided, shielded metallic case, the MGF80 series has been designed to Cosel’s strict criteria for high performance and reliability, contributing to the company’s world class quality with a failure rate of below 30
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09/26/2019
Innovative high-power, high-frequency transformer
Murata’s innovative and patented pdqb winding technology makes it possible to construct high frequency transformers of up to and over 400 kW that can operate at frequencies as high as 50 kHz. The pdqb winding technique overcomes the skin and proximity effects as
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09/26/2019
Driven by falling prices and rising consumer demand for thinner, lighter and more colourful television sets, market revenue for active matrix organic light-emitting-diode (AMOLED) displays used in TVs is expected to more than double during the next six years, according to IHS Markit | Technology, now a part
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09/25/2019
MLFA AEC-Q200 Compliant MELF Expands Value Range
RALEIGH, NC – Stackpole's MLFA AEC-Q200 compliant MELFs are now available in an expanded value range of 1 ohm to 3.4Meg ohm. The MLFA offers power ratings of 0.3W in the 0102 package size, 0.4W in the 0204, and 1W in the 0207 size. Tolerances down to 0.1% and TCR as low as 15 ppm are available
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09/23/2019
Flash LED Drivers Deliver High-Current Stability
Plano, Texas - Diodes Incorporated announced the AL3644, a high-speed, dual-channel flash LED driver designed to support advanced camera flash and torch functionality, as offered by the latest smartphones and other portable consumer devices. Key features include
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09/19/2019
Automotive-Grade Backlight LED Driver Optimized for LCDs
ROHM announced the availability of the latest LED driver IC, the BD81A76EFV-M, optimized for LCD backlight in instrument cluster, center information displays and car navigation. Unlike conventional drivers with 4 channels that support LCDs up to 8”, this ICprovides 6 channels of output (with 120mA per channel)
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09/17/2019
150 Watt Enclosed Switching Power Supply
MORNSUN released a new enclosed switching power supply series LMF150-20Bxx with active PFC. The LMF150-20Bxx series features compact size, universal input voltage range of 85-264Vac, accepts AC or DC input and the PF is up to 0.99. The series also meets IEC/EN/UL62368, EN60335, GB4943 standards.
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09/17/2019
Heavy-Duty Indicator Series for 8, 22 and 30mm Applications
FARMINGDALE, N.J.—Dialight launched a new series of heavy-duty panel mount indicators designed for rugged environment applications, such as power, status or warning indication in manufacturing, construction, mining and oil and gas equipment. The four new products—the 620, 621,
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09/17/2019
Mouser's Horticulture Site Focuses on LEDs, Sensors, IoT
Mouser Electronics, Inc., has unveiled their new Horticulture Applications Site on Mouser.com, offering
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09/17/2019
Driver Compatible with Phase Dimming and 0-10V Dimming
Environmental Lights announced the launch of Universal Dimming Drivers. Universal Dimming Drivers are full-capacity LED power supplies compatible with phase dimming and 0-10V dimming systems. They operate with an input voltage of 120-277VAC and are an ideal dimming power solution for many commercial
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09/12/2019
Miniature Automotive MOSFETs with Increased Power Density
Plano, Texas - Diodes Incorporated announced the introduction of the 40V-rated DMTH4008LFDFWQ and 60V-rated DMTH6016LFDFWQ automotive-compliant MOSFETs packaged in DFN2020. These miniature MOSFETs
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09/12/2019
 Environmental Lights Announces Universal Dimming Driver
SAN DIEGO -- Environmental Lights announced the launch of Universal Dimming Drivers. Universal Dimming Drivers are full-capacity LED power supplies compatible with phase dimming and 0-10V dimming systems. They operate with an input voltage of 120-277VAC and are an ideal dimming power solution
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09/12/2019
High-Speed Image Sensor Enables Intelligent Vision Systems
PHOENIX, Ariz. – ON Semiconductor has announced the introduction of the ARX3A0 digital image sensor with 0.3 Mega-Pixel (MP) resolution in a 1:1 aspect ratio. With up to 360 frames per second (fps) capture rate it can perform like a global shutter in many
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09/11/2019
LEDs: NIST Introduces New Lamp Calibration Lab
Question: How many measurement scientists does it take to screw in an LED lightbulb? Answer: For researchers at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), half as many as it took a few weeks ago. In June, NIST began offering a faster, more accurate and less labor-intensive calibration
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09/06/2019
Seoul Semi Files Litigation for Cell Phone Flashlight LEDs

Seoul Semiconductor's headquarters.

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09/05/2019
LED Drivers Deliver Industry-Leading Power Density
San Jose, Calif. – Power Integrations announced new high-power-density members of its LYTSwitch-6
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09/04/2019
LED High Bay Passive Power Supply with CID1 Certification
Farmingdale, N.J. — Dialight announced CID1 Certification for its SafeSite 347V and 480V Passive Power Supply with a lumen range up to 27,000. With minimal use of semiconductors, Dialight’s custom-designed passive power supply system provides superior surge immunity to withstand power quality
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09/04/2019
High-Current Power Inductors for LED Headlights
TDK Corporation has expanded its lineup of metal core power inductors with the new SPM-VT series that is designed especially for the high thermal and current demands of automotive LED headlights. These wire-wound power inductors feature both a broad operating temperature range from -55 °C up to +155 °C and
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09/03/2019