Lighting & Illumination

June 2021
EMC Filter for LED Lighting Applications
Schaffner has extended its range of filters for LED lighting applications with the introduction of the new FN2560 filter range. Specifically designed for attenuation requirements in the lighting industry the performance of the filter starts at frequencies as low as 9kHz. The new filter comes in an attractive sp
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06/29/2021

3-Phase 5kW AC/DC Power Supply Offers Compact Flexible Solution
XP Power announces an addition to the high power range of digital programmable 3-phase 5kW AC/DC power supplies offering flexible operation with uncomplicated lowline input requirements. The series is suitable for a range of industries, including equipment manufacturers in industrial electronics, process control, sem
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06/24/2021
Light-Harvesting Nanoparticle Catalysts for Renewable Fuels

In the right conditions, silver nanoparticles, represented by the large orange spheres, can absorb visible light. Charge carriers produced by light excitation are transferred to CO2 and water, allowing the conversion to hydrocarbons and other multicarbon molecules. In the graphic, carbon atoms are black, oxygen atoms are red and hydrogen atoms are white.

Researchers report that small quantities of useful molecules such as hydrocarbons are produced when carbon dioxide and water react in the presence of light and a silver nanoparticle catalyst. Their validation study - made possible through the use of a high-resolution analytical technique - could pave the way fo
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06/24/2021
Automotive-Compliant LED Driver for Rear Lighting Designs
Diodes Incorporated has expanded its portfolio of devices supporting automotive exterior illumination with the introduction of the AL5873Q three-channel linear LED driver targeted at simplifying rear lamp cluster designs. Rated for 125°C ambient temperature operation, this automotive-compliant, AEC-Q100 Grade
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06/10/2021
UnitedSiC announces six new D2PAK-7L SiC FETs
Available in 30, 40, 80 and 150mΩ versions, these latest SiC FETs represent another step forward in accelerating migration to SiC across applications such as server and telecom power supplies, industrial battery chargers and power supplies, EV on-board chargers and DC-DC converters.   The D2PAK-7
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06/04/2021
Rugged Nicomatic EMM Series rectangular connectors
The connectors reduce space and weight in the most extreme environments, including defence, space, motorsport, civil aviation, UAVs and robotics. The 1.27mm pitch EMM interconnects effect a 40% space reduction over their parent CMM Series and a 20% space saving when compared to standard Micro D connectors. A recen
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06/04/2021
Low RDS(on) 40 V MOSFETs deliver highest power density
The MOSFETs are intended for automotive (BUK7S0R5-40H) and industrial (PSMNR55-40SSH) applications.   These devices are the lowest RDS(on) 40 V parts that Nexperia has ever produced and more importantly, they deliver power densities more than 50X greater than traditional D2PAK devices. More, the n
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06/04/2021
8V Gate Withstand Voltage for 150V GaN HEMT
The technology is optimized for power supply circuits in industrial and communication equipment.   In recent years, due to the rising demand for server systems in response to the growing number of IoT devices, improving power conversion efficiency and reducing size have become important social issu
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06/04/2021
Ultra low IQ power management IC for nRF52/nRF53 Series SoCs
The nPM1100 combines a USB compatible input regulator with overvoltage protection, 400mA battery charger and 150mA DC/DC step-down (“buck”) voltage regulator in a 2.075 x 2.075mm wafer level chip scale package (WLCSP). The PMIC ensures reliable power supply and stable operation for Nordic’s nRF52 and nRF53 S
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06/04/2021
Power Management Focus for Mouser Campaign
The series’ second episode, available on the Mouser website, Alexa, Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, iHeartRadio, Pandora and Spotify, explores power management and the potential behind wide bandgap technology.   Each month, the series brings a closer look to industry-changing technologies shaping modern society, and
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06/04/2021
Osram and Infineon partner on NFC programming for LEDs
Osram’s new OPTOTRONIC FIT product family features Infineon’s NLM0011 and NLM0010 dual-mode NFC wireless configuration integrated circuits (ICs) with pulse width modulation (PWM). This will bring benefits at all levels of the LED luminaire value chain.   NFC programming is an emerging technology
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06/04/2021
Farnell adds Inksmith experiential learning tools
The Climate Action Kit’s project-based learning experiences are designed to teach students how to apply technology to solve real world problems through the lens of the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (UN SDGs). Every project provides a unique hands-on opportunity for cross-curricular learning, with
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06/04/2021
Renesas Expands Portfolio of World’s Smallest Photocouplers
Measuring a mere 2.5mm x 2.1mm in an LSSO5 package, the world’s smallest optical isolated IGBT drivers and intelligent power module (IPM) driver reduce PCB mounting areas by up to 35 percent compared with other devices on the market.   “Industrial equipment and green energy system manufacturers a
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06/04/2021
2W-Rated Surface Mount DC-DC Converters with Bipolar Outputs
Comprising 9 different models, the lightweight units in the MGJ2 series each have a 2 W power rating and are supplied in compact, low-profile form factor modules with 19.49 mm x 14.99 mm x 4.39 mm dimensions. They are intended to accompany the IGBT and SiC-based MOSFET high-voltage gate drivers used in industr
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06/04/2021
High Temperature, Power DC-Link Film Capacitor
The C4AK series joins the C4AU (harsh environment) and C4AQ-P (125°C) family of power DC-Link film capacitors. These series offer higher capacitance density, DC voltage, and DC ripple current capabilities with an extended operational lifetime at high temperatures in harsh environments. Ideal for use in automoti
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06/04/2021
Mersen relaunches Enlight Energy Cap capacitor series
Since the relaunch, these products feature a new foil structure with much higher rated currents and an optimized price-performance ratio. That makes them the ideal solution for use in frequency converters and DC links in wind energy or photovoltaic technology. “These industries have huge potential”, explains Herw
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06/04/2021
New Würth Elektronik RJ45-10G-LAN transformers
Three tab-down models join the existing Ethernet connectors with integrated transformer in tab-up design. These models have the recess for the connector tab on the underside. All four new RJ45 integrated transformer connectors feature an extremely low-profile package. One of the models is especially suitable for par
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06/04/2021
APEC 2021: Infineon solutions from silicon to wide bandgap
With a device portfolio that spans silicon and wide bandgap (WBG) devices, engineers look to Infineon for solutions that balance performance, efficiency, reliability and cost. Infineon’s power solutions set the pace for innovations that make life easier, safer and greener.   Products, demonstrat
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06/04/2021
LED Lighting Markets
Lighting has been a commodity market since incandescent light was invented. The Phoebus cartel, formed in 1925 by Osram, GE, Associated Electrical, Philips, and others, controlled the worldwide sale and manufacturing of lamps until it disbanded in 1939 when WWII started. The cartel also set the lifespan of incandescent bu
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06/01/2021
Illuminating the Future of Vehicle Headlights

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Figure 1: Headlight FOV with only a base light module

Recently, there has been a big push in the automotive lighting industry to improve both vehicle headlight functionality and driver visibility, which has led to the development futuristic headlight technologies such as adaptive driving beam (ADB) and high-resolution headlights. Adaptive beam headlights Drivers use headlights t
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06/01/2021
5 Ways LED Lighting Can Improve Facility Safety

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Figure 1: LED lighting improved visibility at hazardous chemical processing plant

Every seven seconds, a U.S. worker is injured on the job, resulting in some 105 million total days lost to work-related injuries each year. Even more troubling, some 4,572 people were killed in preventable workplace incidents in 2019 alone. In addition to the toll these tragedies take on workers and their fam
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06/01/2021
Ensuring Predictable Lighting System Performance

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Figure 1: DALI+ is DALI lighting control plus wireless and IP-based networking

When it comes to the best-practice design of power systems that supply lighting loads to commercial and industrial facilities, typical considerations include avoiding unwanted effects such as voltage drop, flicker and transients. For this reason, effective lighting control is among the fundamental concepts that ca
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06/01/2021
How LED Lighting is Driving a Revolution: Connected Buildings

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Figure 1. LED lighting controls now serve a key entry point into building automation systems, which uses interconnected networks of software and hardware to monitor and control all the building’s electrical and mechanical systems

The “lighting revolution” is old news now. Building automation is the new bedrock-shifting event unfolding within the building world now, and it too is being spurred by advancements in LED technology and controls. The premise that lighting should be independent from other building systems is now antiquate
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06/01/2021
Power your UV-C Sterilization Designs

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Figure 1. UV-C light-disinfecting robot

The Ultraviolet (UV) disinfection equipment market is projected to grow from $1.3 billion in 2019 to $5.7 billion by 2027.  Applications for this market are found in a variety of areas such as water treatment, wastewater treatment, air treatment, food & beverage disinfection, and surface disinfection.  We've witnessed
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Date:
06/01/2021
Lighting for Safety, Connectivity and Efficiency
As you read this, we should already be – or on our way – to APEC. But alas, COVID-19 is still a persistent enough problem that the halls of the Phoenix Arizona Convention Center will be empty this year and 2021 will play host to mostly virtual trade shows (again). That’ll never become less disappointing, and hopef
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Date:
06/01/2021
Enabling System Upgrades with SiC Technology using Industry-Standard Baseplate-Less Packaging

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Wolfspeed, a Cree company, has introduced the Wolfspeed WolfPACKTM family of power modules, which feature silicon carbide (SiC) devices in a well-known power module package. The modules are built on the years of research and optimization Wolfspeed has dedicated to its SiC material and devices.  Along with critical
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Date:
06/01/2021