Lighting & Illumination

June 2022
Touch Controller Family Disrupts Traditional Touchscreen Designs

Touch Controller Family Disrupts Traditional Touchscreen Designs

­Many automotive and industrial touch HMI designers are looking to merge the benefits of a mechanical rotary encoder input with the flexibility of modern multi-touch displays. Microchip Technology Inc. announces the maXTouch Knob on Display (KoD) controller as the first automotive-grade touchscreen co
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Date:
06/30/2022

Touch Controller Supports New-Generation AMOLED Energy-Saving Displays

Touch controller from STMicroelectronics supports new-generation AMOLED energy-saving displays

­The FingerTip FTG2-SLP touchscreen controller from STMicroelectronics enables advanced features to support the latest active-matrix organic light-emitting diode (AMOLED) displays that promise more power saving and extended runtime in smartphones. Low-temperature polycrystalline oxide (LTPO) AMOLED di
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Date:
06/29/2022
onsemi Accelerates Building Automation with Industry First Solutions for KNX and PoE

The NCN5140S

­onsemi announced the introduction of two complete system solutions supporting the most widely used building automation network protocols - Power over Ethernet (PoE) and KNX.  Easing the development of access and control panels, the NCN5140S is the first System-in-Package (SiP) certified
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Date:
06/07/2022
The Lighting Market: Big Growth, Big Challenges

Kevin Parmenter, Director, Applications Engineering. TSC, America

­Recently, I visited a big box store looking for a replacement incandescent bulb for a candlewax warmer, but it was almost impossible to find one. Basically, the lighting market is the LED market, and it’s growing fast. According to fortune business insights the global lighting market size was $118.33 billion in
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Date:
06/01/2022
How to Cancel Ambient Light for LIDAR Receivers

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Figure 1: Example of different laser outputs

­LIDAR works by using a laser to send out a narrow pulse of light, which hits a target, and the light reflects back. A detector measures the time the reflection takes to return. By knowing the speed of light and round trip time of the laser pulse, the distance can be calculated. Generally, the higher the amplitude of
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Date:
06/01/2022
Five Essential Types of Industrial Lighting Solutions

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Figure 1: High-bay LED lighting at a Walmart fresh food distribution warehouse center in Balzac, Canada. (Photo courtesy of Walmart per CC BY 2.0.)

­Ample lighting is essential to productivity, product quality and employee health and safety. In industrial environments like factories and warehouses, lighting can be used for illumination, indication and even communication. Five essential types of industrial lighting are overhead lighting, assembly, inspection an
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Date:
06/01/2022
5 Ways Better Lighting Improves Steel Plant Safety & Sustainability

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Figure 1. Dialight SafeSite LED High Bay hazardous location-certified fixture

­Over the past few years, we’ve seen a major push toward implementing environmental, social and governance (ESG) initiatives in industrial settings that focus on providing a safer environment for people and the planet. Because of health concerns and staff shortages related to COVID-19, companies have implemented a
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Date:
06/01/2022
PCIM Lights the Way

Ally Winning, European Editor, PSD

It really feels like things are finally getting back to normal. I know that I’ve said that on this page before, but on my recent trip to PCIM in Nuremberg, everything almost felt like it did before the COVID pandemic. If it wasn’t for masks being a requirement on public transport in Germany, it could have be
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Date:
06/01/2022
Lighten up in June

Jason Lomberg, North American Editor, PSD

­Lighting/illumination/optoelectronics has come a long way – from back when solid-state lighting was a novelty to today, when it’s the norm. And this is a great month to lighten up, what with Lightfair on the horizon (or possibly now, depending on when you read this). In 2022, Lightfair is set to return to
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Date:
06/01/2022
LEDs Can Become Point-Like: Why Can’t Their Drivers?

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Figure 1: NexGen Vertical GaN. The GaN Drift Layer grows on a GaN wafer

The lighting industry continues to push innovation in LED applications. First, more compact designs are needed without sacrificing light quality. As designs become sleeker, light sources can disappear into the background and consumers can enjoy their lighting without having to see the direct light source, or wo
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Date:
06/01/2022