Monday, February 28, 2011

Cree expands broadest portfolio of lighting-class LEDs optimized for distributed illumination

DURHAM, USA: Cree Inc. has announced the commercial availability of the XLamp ML-B LED. Designed for quarter-watt operation, the XLamp ML-B LED brings lighting-class performance to distributed lighting applications where the light source is visible, such as panel lights and LED-based fluorescent tube replacements.

Lighting manufacturers have tried to achieve a uniform lighting appearance by placing many low-power LEDs in close proximity under a diffuser. This use of typical low-power LEDs will not enable manufacturers to meet rigorous ENERGY STAR requirements or customer's expectations. In contrast, Cree ML-B LEDs are designed to last 50,000 hours and to provide the lighting-class levels of efficacy, thermal resistance and reliability that can enable ENERGY STAR®-qualified fixtures.

“The innovative ML-B LED delivers lighting-class performance with the smooth, uniform appearance that lighting manufacturers want for distributed lighting applications,” said Paul Thieken, Cree director of marketing, LED components. “The ML-B LED provides the right balance of lumen output, footprint, efficacy and value for direct-view lighting.”

The XLamp ML-B LED delivers luminous flux up to 30 lm at 80 mA in cool white (5000K) and up to 24 lm in warm white (3000K). The ML-B LED shares the same footprint and package with the XLamp ML-E LED, and like the ML-E, provides uniform color over angle and a 120 degree viewing angle.

element14 announces winners of online community contests

BANGALORE, INDIA: element14 (formerly Farnell), the industry’s first fusion of commerce and community supporting millions of engineers and purchasing professionals worldwide, recently engaged its online community forum members via two creative contests. Held as part of the new brand launch celebrations, it provided members of the community a chance to win $1,500 and $500 for its ‘Design an element14 T-shirt’ and ‘Be in Your Element’ contests respectively.

“These competitions reveal the creativity of our element14 community, and it was really interesting to see what people came up with. The success of this competition has given us great ideas for future competitions and impetus to keep innovating,” said Nader Tadros, Marketing & eCommerce Director, element14, Asia Pacific.

“We are happy with the participation from the community members and their strong response highlights the vibrancy and creativity of element14’s online members. Since late 2010, over 400,000 customers worldwide have visited our website and our unique and dynamic online community portal provides integral value to our customers, as this is the place where electronic design engineers, procurement professionals and even students and hobbyists are able to interact closely and exchange salient information and feedback.”

‘Design an element14 T-shirt’
Winner of the t-shirt design contest was Ms. Diosa Blancaver from the Philippines. Diosa’s entry scored high within the element14 judging panel, as she was able to give a fresh approach to the company’s brand image, creatively incorporating the tagline “Be in Your Element” and the company colours.

Diosa, who enjoys designing, said that she found the process challenging as it required her to combine aesthetics while adhering element14’s corporate identity. Being a recent user of the community, she was surprised to learn that it has much to offer and said: “The community site is a very good outlet for electronic design engineers as they can share and gather insightful ideas and pointers from experts around the world.”

‘Be in Your Element’
element14 was also curious to find out what it meant to their community members to be ‘in their element’ (pun intended) and Dave Jones’ video response clinched the top prize with the most number of votes from the community members. Dave, from Australia, is an active member of the element14 community.

"Not only has he posted several video product reviews on the forum, he also runs an electronics engineering video blog and co-hosts an electronics radio show. He plans to use the prize money to build an autonomous stable video quadcopter platform, and hopes to inspire others to produce original content for the electronics community.”

Besides creating a new dimension for conversation and collaboration, element14’s pioneering blend of commerce and online community continues to evolve and expand globally. The site provides reviews and latest mod innovations on its popular resident program, the Ben Heck Show. In addition, new professionals are constantly being added to its “Ask an Expert” panel.

All of these combine to provide the collaborative engineering community and electronics store a unique edge in the industry, as element14 continues to be the leading distributor in the region.

Arrow announces global distribution agreement with Trident Microsystems

MELVILLE, USA: Arrow Electronics Inc. has announced a global distribution agreement with Trident Microsystems, Inc., a leading provider of semiconductor solutions in the digital home entertainment market.

Arrow customers (outside of Japan and Korea) now have access to Trident’s innovative offerings designed for digital televisions and set-top boxes. Thanks to Trident technology, consumers can enjoy TV shows, HD, 2D and 3D movies, 3D games, photos, videos and extensive Internet content from multiple sources on their TVs and through their set-top boxes.

“Trident’s semiconductor solutions bring consumers a world of diverse, rich and immersive entertainment. Trident is a solid addition to our line card, and we look forward to helping them build their global profile,” said Jeff Eastman, senior vice president of global supplier marketing and asset management, Arrow.

Saturday, February 26, 2011

2010 worldwide HB LED market grew 93 percent

MOUNTAIN VIEW, USA: The worldwide high-brightness (HB) LED market leaped from $5.6 billion in 2009 to $10.8 billion in 2010, a growth rate of 93 percent, according to Strategies Unlimited, the leading market research firm in LEDs.

LCD monitor and TV backlights led the growth spurt, followed by mobile display applications. Ten companies accounted for more than 75 percent of the HB-LED market. Strategies Unlimited arrived at these figures after analyzing market demand as well as the supply-side activity of more than 40 HB-LED component suppliers.

The rank order, by revenue, of the top 10 suppliers in the HB-LED market in 2010 is:

1. Nichia
2. Samsung LED
3. Osram Opto Semiconductors
4. Philips Lumileds Lighting
Seoul Semiconductor
6. LG Innotek
8. Sharp
9. TG
(Companies have the same ranking when the difference in revenue is within the margin of error. Revenue includes packaged LED sales only.)

Several paths led to this impressive growth. Samsung LED, Seoul Semiconductor, and LG Innotek rode the boom in the LCD TV and monitor backlight market. Osram rode the rise of the Chinese HB-LED market, especially in the automobile sector. Lumiled’s success in high-power backlight products, cell phone flash, and architectural lighting contributed to much of its success.

Cree’s dedicated focus on lighting ensured its continued strong position in the solid-state lighting revolution. Chinese LED suppliers captured two percent of the market. While Chinese HB-LED technologies are currently three to five years behind the rest of the world, Strategies Unlimited expects that the investment of $10.4 billion in the SSL industry by 2015 will help close the gap.

While LCD television/monitor backlights accounted for the largest part of the jump in HB-LED revenue in 2010, mobile applications were also significant contributors. In particular, the large rise in PC notebook sales and the penetration rate for LED backlights used in notebooks doubled HB-LED revenue over 2009.

Strategies Unlimited expects television and monitor backlights to continue to be a strong engine for growth in the next two years and flatten out in 2013. The overall forecast CAGR is more than 16 percent from 2010–2015.

LED luminaire design, not performance, was the primary concern for the lighting market in 2010. HB-LED component revenue for lighting was $890 million in 2010. Solid-state lighting will become the key market driver in 2014 because of the worldwide focus on energy efficiency and the phase-out of incandescent bulbs. The forecast CAGR for HB-LED components for lighting from 2010–2015 is 39 percent.

Friday, February 25, 2011

element14 and Littelfuse expand regional distribution agreement

BANGALORE, INDIA: element14, the industry’s first fusion of commerce and community supporting millions of engineers and purchasing professionals worldwide, has expanded its partnership with Littelfuse, the world’s leading manufacturer for high performance circuit protection devices.

Offering the widest range of Littelfuse products stocked in Asia Pacific with no minimum order quantity required, element14 adds over 400 new products from Littelfuse POWR-GARD circuit protection solutions across three distinct classes of fuses to electronic design engineers and maintenance and repair professionals in South East Asia, India, Australia and New Zealand.

Reliable and comprehensive circuit protection solution
Circuitry protection solutions are one of the pressing concerns faced by electronic design engineers across the region. Littelfuse solutions add a distinct competitive advantage and value to element14’s existing inventory of products. The introduction of the multi-purpose and reliable circuit protection series will allow electronic design engineers in the region to have the necessary surge protection solutions to meet their evolving business challenges.

These high performance fuses can be used in a variety of applications including motor control centres, transformer protection, general purpose circuit, such as mains, feeders and branch circuits; service entrance switches, switchboard main and feeder switches, distribution panel boards and general purpose circuits. The fuses can also be used to protect individual electric services and meter stacks when integrated in main switches.

William Chong, regional director of Supplier, Product & Purchasing Management, element14, Asia Pacific said: “element14 is committed to providing its customers across the region with the most innovative and industry-leading products and services as the franchised multi-channel distributor of Littelfuse products across the region. With the broadest range of electronic design centric products stocked in Asia Pacific, the addition of the complete range of industry-leading Littelfuse POWR-GARD series to element14’s inventory provides customers even more innovative solutions to meet their business objectives.”

Angus Tsai, regional sales manager for POWR-GARD Asia, Littelfuse, adds: “This partnership with element14 is an exciting and successful development for Littelfuse that provides us with an excellent platform to further expand our geographic reach using element14’s extensive distribution network in the region. This strategic collaboration has been realised to ensure electronic design engineers and maintenance and repair professionals in the Asia Pacific region will now have easy and instant access to our range of products through element14’s commerce portals and online community.”

Digi-Key expands product line with PCB LED dev kits compatible with Cree technology

THIEF RIVER FALLS, USA: Electronic components distributor Digi-Key Corp. announced it has stock of Cree-based printed circuit board (PCB) LED development kits, often referred to as star boards.

These kits, also known as star boards, are designed to simplify LED ease-of-use. PCB development kits, when combined with thermal heat sinks, can shorten time-to-market by forming the foundation for LED designs. PCB configurations are available for Cree XLamp XR-E, XR-C, XP-G, XP-E, XP-C, MX-6, and MC-E LEDs.

To search for these PCB development kits on Digi-Key’s website, enter the search term “digi-key cree” into Digi-Key’s part search bar and click on “LEDs - High Brightness Power Modules” under the “Optoelectronics” heading in the search results. From there, a filtered search may be performed for the particular PCB development kits needed.

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Cree launches industry’s first surface mount 1200V silicon carbide Schottky diode

DURHAM, USA: Cree Inc. announced the availability of the industry’s first commercial 1200V surface mount SiC Schottky diode.

Packaged in an industry-standard surface mount TO-252 D-Pak, the Schottky diodes deliver the same proven performance as Cree’s TO-220 through-hole devices, with a smaller board footprint and lower profile. This can enable the design of smaller, lower cost, and more efficient solar power micro-inverters, compared to systems designed with larger and bulkier through-hole parts.

“Our customers designing high-efficiency micro-inverters for solar power applications wanted to simplify their designs without compromising system efficiency. They were looking for a surface mount device that could deliver the same performance they had come to expect from SiC Schottky diodes – zero reverse recovery losses, high frequency operation with a low EMI signature, and reduced operating temperatures,” explained Cengiz Balkas, Cree vice president and general manager, Power and RF.

“Given Cree’s experience in developing high-voltage SiC power devices, the move to the surface mount D-Pak was a natural extension of our Schottky diode product line to serve this critical market.”

Cree C2D05120E Schottky diodes are rated for 5A and 1200V, with approximate board mounted dimensions of 6.6mm wide x 9.9mm long x 2.3mm high. Operating junction and storage temperature is rated for -55°C to +175°C.

The C2D05120E surface mount Schottky diodes are fully qualified and released for production use.

Announcement of latest European emission standards leaves lithium battery industry at a crossroad

TAIWAN: A ground breaking news for electric vehicles in Europe: the European congress has passed the latest emission standard for commercial vehicles. EnergyTrend, a research division of TrendForce, believes that low emission vehicles will become an essential development trend for car makers in the near future.

Therefore, although concerns about oversupply of lithium battery in 2011 still remain, EnergyTrend believes that, with more specific carbon emission regulations made for vehicles, car makers have to prepare for low emission vehicle launches by 2014. It is forecasted that shortage of lithium battery supply will appear as a result. (See Chart 1).

The European congress has released the latest regulation on carbon emission standard for commercial vehicles on February 15, 2011. As for 3.5 ton light commercial cars, 70 percent of vehicles introduced to the market have to meet 175g/km emission standard, and 100 percent in 2017.

For those car makers who can not reach the goal, they are requested to pay $129/g incremental penalty payment starting from 2019. However, car makers are allowed to offset high carbon emission vehicles with vehicles emitting less than 50g/km to reach the target.

The legislation authority clearly shows EU’s determination to keep strict carbon emission standards for automobiles in Europe and to expedite the cooperation and development among parts manufacturers. Under such circumstances, several car makers are forced to adopt lithium batteries in the supply chain.

In the meantime, one of the biggest lithium battery exhibits in the world, Battery Japan, in early March 2011 in Tokyo, Japan. Many participants are gathered to witness the reformation of this particular industry which is now believed standing at a crossroad.

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

LED backlighting drives double digit growth for DTV semiconductors in 2011

EL SEGUNDO, USA: Driven by the vibrant light-emitting diode (LED) backlighting segment, the global digital TV (DTV) semiconductor market is expected to expand by a robust 16.5 percent in 2011, according to new IHS iSuppli research.

Revenue in 2011 for DTV semiconductors is projected to reach $15.5 billion, up from $13.3 billion in 2010. Without the high-performing market for LED backlights used in liquid-crystal display (LCD) televisions, growth of the overall DTV semiconductor space in 2011 would amount to just 4.1 percent.

Revenue will continue to rise during the next few years, hitting $19.0 billion in 2014, as shown in the figure.Source: IHS iSuppli, USA.

The strong rise in the LED backlighting chips this year contrasts with the decelerating growth in the overall DTV semiconductor market. This year’s DTV semiconductor growth will amount to half the 33 percent expansion rate recorded last year, when the market rebounded from an anemic 2009 that was hamstrung by the economic crisis. The LED segment, on the other hand, continues at a blistering pace, jumping 138.4 percent from $1.3 billion in 2010 to an anticipated $3.1 billion this year.

“The disparity in growth between the overall DTV semiconductor market and the LED backlighting segment points to divergent dynamics in the television space today,” said Randy Lawson, manager and principal analyst for display and consumer electronics at IHS.

“On one end of the continuum, the slowdown of the DTV semiconductor market mirrors the general deceleration of growth in the worldwide television market, particularly in the United States and the European Union. It also reflects the decline in average selling prices of television semiconductors. The opposite side of the spectrum, however, exhibits a vigorous, ever-expanding LED backlighting segment within the industry—borne by the continued transition among manufacturers to feature the new technology in product offerings, as well as by the adoption among consumers of fashionable, ultra-thin LED sets into their homes.”

LED backlighting chips will generate $5.5 billion in revenue and be present in more than 80 percent of all flat-panel televisions by 2014, a far cry from $370 million in 2009 when they were available in less than 3 percent of models in the market, IHS iSuppli research shows.

All told, numerous new technologies and features in addition to LED backlighting are being implemented in flat-panel TV sets that will serve to fuel growth of the DTV semiconductor market. Among them are the adoption of 3-D technology, frame-rate conversion to 120Hz and 240Hz, wireless connectivity and Internet media playback.
In particular, the broader adoption of wireless technologies, such as Bluetooth and Wi-Fi, will represent a new area of opportunity for semiconductor suppliers.

Source: IHS iSuppli, USA.

Cree XLamp MT-G LED delivers unprecedented performance

DURHAM, USA: Cree Inc. announced a new lighting-class LED designed for high-output, small form-factor directional lighting applications.

The XLamp MT-G LEDs are optimized for 35-50 Watt halogen MR16 retrofit bulbs and other accent, track, display and down lighting used in retail stores, residential settings, museums, art galleries, hospitality and landscapes and are the first commercial LEDs to deliver sufficient light output for these applications.

The multi-die XLamp MT-G LED features Cree EasyWhite technology to deliver consistent color in a small, highly efficient package. This innovative LED is designed for the high-lumen, small-footprint requirements of 35 and 50 Watt halogen retrofit lamps. Cree engaged driver, thermal and optic providers to create an MR16 lamp reference design to further enable its LED customers to quickly address this market. The reference design is available for free at

“To date, there are no energy-efficient alternatives for many high-lumen, small form-factor, directional lighting applications. Until now, LED-based MR16 lamps have been a tremendous challenge for the lighting design community in terms of both light output and color consistency due to their small size and limited capacity for thermal management,” said Paul Thieken, Cree, director of marketing, LED components. “Cree developed this LED from the ground-up with applications like these in mind, and its introduction signals the arrival of the LED lighting revolution in these high-profile markets.”

The XLamp MT-G LED is the first in the industry binned and tested at 85 degrees C which can simplify luminaire design calculations and speed time-to-market. With a 9mm x 9mm footprint, the MT-G LED delivers up to 560 lumens at 1.1A at 85 C or up to 1525 lumens at 4A at 85 C in warm white (3000K). Samples are available immediately and production volumes are available with standard lead times.

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Digi-Key expands product line with TT electronics

THIEF RIVER FALLS, USA: Electronic components distributor Digi-Key Corp. is expanding its relationship with TT electronics, a leading electronic components supplier to manufacturers in the defense, aerospace, medical, transportation, and industrial markets, by adding BI Technologies, IRC, and Welwyn brand products to its expansive inventory. The addition of these three lines builds on Digi-Key’s existing relationship with TT electronics through its Optek line.

Jeff Shafer, Digi-Key vice president, interconnect, passive, and electromechanical product, said: “We are excited about the expansion of our agreement with TT electronics. Our company has taken on three trusted divisions under TT electronics to combine with Optek. Digi-Key is now able to provide some of the best in fixed and variable resistors, magnetics and microcircuit modules in addition to optoelectronics.”

Billal Hammoud, Chief Divisional Executive for the Components Division of TT electronics, said, “Digi-Key has an impressive track record of growth and delivering value to its customers. The assets of Digi-Key’s service combined with TT electronics’ application focused product portfolio create a mutual partnership for growth.”

Products from BI Technologies, IRC, and Welwyn are now available for purchase on Digi-Key’s global websites and will be featured in future print and online catalogs.

NI delivers industry-leading RF performance in PXI form factor

INDIA: National Instruments has introduced the NI PXIe-5665, a 3.6 GHz RF vector signal analyzer (VSA) that delivers best-in-class RF performance in a cost-effective PXI form factor.

The new VSA features industry-leading phase noise, average noise level, amplitude accuracy and dynamic range. The VSA’s PXI platform also facilitates peer-to-peer streaming; includes a flexible multiple input, multiple output (MIMO) architecture for phase-coherent measurements; and offers measurement speeds that are at least five times faster than traditional rack-and-stack instruments – all of which make it ideal for demanding automated RF test applications.

“Not only is the NI PXIe-5665 VSA the highest performing instrument in its class, but it is available at a fraction of the cost of traditional rack-and-stack instruments,” said Phil Hester, senior vice president of research and development at National Instruments. “Because our new PXI RF analyzer combines high-end performance with modular flexibility into one compact, affordable package, engineers now can use the same instrument from design to production.”

The VSA combines the new NI PXIe-5603 downconverter with the new NI PXIe-5653 local oscillator synthesizer and the NI PXIe-5622, a 150 MS/s intermediate frequency (IF) digitizer. This combination creates an ideal solution for spectrum and wideband vector signal measurements over a frequency range from 20 Hz to 3.6 GHz with analysis bandwidths up to 50 MHz.

The new VSA features an exceptionally low phase noise of -129 dBc/Hz at a 10 kHz offset at 800 MHz, an average noise level of -165 dBm/Hz, a third-order intercept point of +24 dBm and absolute amplitude accuracy of ±0.10 dB. These specifications make the NI PXIe-5665 the highest performing instrument in its class.

For modulated signal analysis, the VSA’s unique onboard self-calibration tool makes it possible to achieve an IF amplitude response of ±0.15 dB and IF phase linearity of ±0.1 degree. This accuracy facilitates exceptional error vector magnitude performance of less than 0.21 percent for a 256-QAM signal.

The VSA’s flexible, modular architecture expands to provide phase-coherent acquisition for MIMO test, as well as a 20 GHz/s scan rate and peer-to-peer streaming for efficient spectrum monitoring. Additionally, engineers can operate the NI PXIe-5665 using its RF list mode function to deterministically step through a user-defined set of RF configurations using internal timing or an external trigger to significantly reduce test time.

Because the NI PXIe-5665 joins a product line of more than 1,500 software-defined PXI modular instruments, engineers can mix and match the VSA with a variety of modules and control an entire automated test system with NI LabVIEW graphical system design software. This makes PXI systems ideal for a multitude of automated test applications.

Engineers also can fully take advantage of the VSA’s software-defined performance with RF software toolkits for LabVIEW, NI LabWindows/CVI and .NET to test the latest RF and wireless communication standards including GSM/EDGE, WCDMA, LTE, WLAN and WiMAX.

Monday, February 21, 2011

ST raises reliability and efficiency for ultra-compact LED lamps

GENEVA, SWITZERLAND: The first in a new family of mains-operated LED lamp drivers from STMicroelectronics, a global leader serving customers across the spectrum of electronics applications and the worldwide leader in ICs for electronic lighting control, will enable designers to deliver more reliable and efficient LED retrofit lamps featuring primary-side current regulation.

LED lighting, including retrofit bulbs, is expected to account for 80% of the lighting market by 2020 or sooner. Primary-Side Regulation (PSR) cuts bill-of-materials costs for retrofit bulbs, thereby reducing the payback time, while also simplifying design and reducing the space occupied by LED control circuitry.

The new HVLED805 integrates an 800V avalanche-rugged MOSFET, achieved using ST’s high-voltage integration process, which is higher than in competing devices and hence offers greater reliability. The high-voltage on-chip startup circuitry allows the device to start reliably when the AC line voltage is applied to the lamp.

Primary-side regulation maintains the constant LED current that is needed to ensure consistent light output, without requiring the current-sensing components and opto-coupler used in conventional secondary-side regulation. The elimination of these components decreases the cost and size of the LED driving circuitry and saves current-sensing losses, improving overall efficiency.

Using PSR, the HVLED805 guarantees LED current regulation to within 5% accuracy. Reliability is also enhanced, due to the elimination of the opto-coupler in the secondary side, whose degradation can significantly decrease the mean-time-between-failure of the lamp.

The HVLED805 PSR controller integrates high-voltage startup for efficient power-on, and the robust 800V power MOSFET allows a reduction of the snubber network. The highly efficient quasi-resonant (QR) operating mode further boosts energy savings for LED lighting and dramatically reduces the EMI filtering required, saving space and costs.

Saturday, February 19, 2011

AVX’s UQCL series capacitors provide high current, high Q and low ESR

GREENVILLE, USA: AVX Corp., a leading manufacturer of advanced passive components and interconnect solutions, has developed a multilayer capacitor (MLC) chip series with new dielectric and internal electrode materials in a 0402 size.

These materials allow for a much lower equivalent series resistance than in previous versions of RF capacitors. Designated the UQCL Series, the chips are ideal for RF/microwave applications ranging from 10MHz to 4.2GHz.

“This new series has a fine-grained, high density, high purity dielectric material to keep out moisture, and includes an electrode system that has been optimized for high frequency performance,” said Larry Eisenberger, AVX product manager. “This makes the UQCL Series ideal for applications with high current carrying capabilities and high quality factors. The capacitors also offer low ESR and high series resonance.”

Applications such as microwave RF/IF amplifiers, mixers, oscillators, low noise amplifiers, and filter networks, as well as medical devices such as MRI coils, would all benefit from the UQCL Series’ characteristics, according to Eisenberger.

Available in 0402 sizes with voltages up to 200VDC, the UQCL Series offers superior stability under the stresses of changing voltage, frequency, time and temperature.

Pricing for the UQCL Series ranges from $0.05 to $0.40 in large quantity. Delivery is stock to eight weeks.

Friday, February 18, 2011

Financial statement by major LED makers in Europe, USA, Japan and South Korea in 4Q10 to show new trend

TAIWAN: Based on the analysis and statistics of LEDinside, which is a research division under TrendForce, International LED major manufacturers successively released their 4Q10 financial reports. In terms of upstream equipment suppliers, the LED and solar revenue of Veeco set the highest quarterly record of $258 million.

Over 20 customers, such Shanghai Epilight, placed the purchase orders for lighting application. However, the planned shipments of 12-20 new MOCVD products「MaxBright」are not included in the Q1 financial statement. Besides, the revenue recognition delay is expected to greatly affect the result of Q1 financial results.

However, since the fund-subsidy policy launched by Chinese government, LED enterprises keep on production expansions. Orders from Korean customers are expected to surge in backlight and lighting markets in Q2 and Q3. Moreover, it is forecasted that the MOCVD orders for K465i and MaxBright will also increase in the markets of Europe, USA, Japan and Taiwan. To sum up, Veeco is still optimistic about market quotations in the first half of 2011.

The revenue of Cree was worse than expected, because the sales of LED components declined in Asia market, which resulted in the fact that the turnover time of receivables is lengthened to 47 days, with the inventory date increased to 96 days. From January to March in 2011, influenced by continuous inventory adjustment of Asia customers, Cree forecasts that Q1 revenue will drop to $245-265 million.

However, the sales of Philips LED lighting products has increased by four times over the same period of 2009, which benefits from a range of professional LED solutions applied in over 200 Chinese lighting stores and the turnover reduction caused by the lagged market development in India and North America.

Regarding the manufacturers in South Korea, influenced by LED TV inventory adjustment and price reduction, LG Innotek, have obtained the annual sales of $789 million in 2010. The LED department of SEMCO doubled the annual sales to $1.142 billion compared with 2009.

Because of slack season and LED TV inventory adjustment, the quarterly sales of Seoul Semi reduced sharply by 20 percent to $198 million, but rebounded in Q4. It is estimated that the annual sales will reach 1.203 billion in 2011(+61 percent YoY), mainly of TV backlights and general lighting applications.

Based on the extension of eco-point subsidy in Japan, Sharp LED TV has increased greatly in demand, and planned to introduce large-size television with 60-70 inch screen in order to seize the business opportunity in North America. In addition, the recovery of Stanley vehicle lighting will slow down caused by the termination of green vehicle subsidy in Japan and the incentive policy in Germany and Italy.

In conclusion, 2010 is an evolutionary year for LED manufacturers, while 2011 will become a brighter year.

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Avnet and Samsung Electro-Mechanics ink global distribution agreement

PHOENIX, USA: Avnet Electronics Marketing, a business group of Avnet Inc., has signed a global distribution agreement with Samsung Electro-Mechanics Co. Ltd, one of the world's largest manufacturers of advanced electronics components.

This agreement will enable Avnet Electronics Marketing to bring Samsung Electro-Mechanics’ line of state-of-the-art electronics passive components to their customers around the world.

Samsung Electro-Mechanics offers a broad line of high-tech material components such as: multi-layer ceramic chip capacitors, tantalum capacitors, chip beads/inductors, chip resistors and crystal.

“We chose to partner with Avnet because of their world-class sales and technical support and logistics expertise,” said Dr. CJ Choi, executive vice president/chief of business unit for Samsung Electro-Mechanics. “We are looking forward to making our technology available to Avnet’s global customer-base.”

“Purchasing professionals and design engineers will benefit from the combination of Samsung Electro-Mechanics’ broad portfolio of leading-edge technology and Avnet’s design chain and supply chain expertise,” said Tom McCartney, senior vice-president of IP&E business development worldwide, Avnet Electronics Marketing. “This relationship further enables Avnet to meet our customers’ dynamic demands the world

element14 strengthens product portfolio with extended partnership with Panasonic in Asia Pacific

BANGALORE, INDIA: element14, formerly known as Farnell, the industry’s first fusion of commerce and community supporting millions of engineers and purchasing professionals worldwide, today announced the extension of its partnership with Panasonic in Europe to Asia Pacific.

Over 6,000 Panasonic passive components ranging from aluminium electrolytic capacitors, resistors to inductors are now available in element14’s product portfolio that has over 120,000 products stocked in Asia Pacific. Panasonic is an industry leader and pioneer in effective and efficient surge absorber technology and the new ZNR Transient Surge Absorber series presents electronic design engineers across Asia Pacific with cutting-edge, comprehensive surge protection solutions.

The importance of technology and electronics continues to expand in Asia Pacific, as the region grows to become the manufacturing and R&D centre of the world which result in a soaring demand for consumer electronics in its domestic markets.

The Panasonic ZNR Transient Surge Absorber series provide an encompassing solution to common occurrences such as power outages and lighting strikes that can be lethal to electronic equipments that are used in a variety of industries from IC semiconductor, consumer electronic equipment, communication, measuring or controller electronics, electronic home appliances, gas or petroleum appliances and relay or electromagnetic valve surge absorption.

“I’m very excited about the possibilities that element14 brings for Panasonic. Through element14’s extensive distribution network and fusion of commerce and community, we are now able to engage new segments across the Asia Pacific region and provide electronic design engineers with Panasonic products to ensure more efficient designs and faster time to market. element14’s interactive online platform will also allow us to understand our customers’ requirement better and ensure we are able to meet their evolving requirements for specialty electronic components,” says Richard Dines, Europe Distribution sales manager, Industry & Devices, Panasonic.

William Chong, regional director of Supplier, Product & Purchasing Management, element14, Asia Pacific said: “This strategic development in our long-standing partnership with Panasonic was a natural progression for element14. We are deeply committed to support and meet the changing requirements of electronic design engineers across the Asia Pacific region. Our strengthened partnership with Panasonic comes at the most opportune time as this proven and effective power solution will allow engineers to design and produce quality and reliable electronic devices and industrial equipment for use in communications, semiconductor and even oil and gas industries.”

As part of this agreement, element14 will offer the new Panasonic solutions through its businesses located in Australia, China, India, Malaysia, New Zealand and Singapore to ensure that customers enjoy unrivalled eProcurement solutions and services in local currency and language, with 24/7 access to customer service and 24/5 online technical support. With hassle-free return policy, no minimum quantity or pricing requirements and next-day delivery to most cities in Asia, customers can connect easily with element14 through multiple channels for the products and information they need on Panasonic products.

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Bourns announces new line of shunt protectors for sensitive LED lighting apps

RIVERSIDE, USA: Bourns Inc., a leading manufacturer and supplier of electronic components, announced a new line of open LED shunt protection devices designed specifically for LED lighting applications.

Designated the Bourns LSP-Series, the new shunt protector family enables LED lighting applications configured in strings to be more robust and reliable. Most LED designs include solid-state lighting luminaries configured in series strings of 20 or more LEDs. In this configuration, an open LED can cause the entire LED string to go dark, resulting in reduced performance and possible maintenance calls and costly warranty returns.

Adding a Bourns LSP-Series shunt protector to an LED design allows the unaffected lights in the string to remain illuminated by shunting current around the inoperable LED. The new LSP-Series of open LED shunt protectors are an optimal solution for a variety of LED lighting applications including light bulbs, lighting fixtures and backlighting systems.

"LED lighting applications are exploding in volume," said Ian Doyle, product line manager of semiconductor products at Bourns. "Bourns' new LSP-Series of open LED shunt protectors address the failure rates of early LED designs. Incorporating a Bourns LSP device into the design of LEDs improves reliability and helps eliminate costly downtime."

The Bourns LSP-Series of open LED shunt protectors include four models: LSP0600BJR-S, LSP0900BJR-S, LSP1300BJR-S and LSP1800BJR-S. Customers can maximize the level of protection by selecting Bourns model LSP0600BJR-S and using one device per LED. Alternatively, customers can reduce their protection costs by selecting Bourns models LSP0900BJR-S, LSP1300BJR-S or LSP1800BJR-S that are able to isolate groups of two, three or four LEDs respectively.

Bourns' new device family comes in an SMB surface mount package and is RoHS compliant. Product samples are available now through Bourns' distribution partners. As a pricing example, Bourns LSP0600BJR-S is priced at $.30 each in 10K piece quantities.

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

CVD Equipment receives orders of $9.3 million in January

RONKONKOMA, USA: CVD Equipment Corp. announced that new orders received during the month of January, 2011 totaled approximately $9.3 million dollars. These orders are for both production and research equipment in the fields of Solar, LED’s and Nanotechnology.

Leonard Rosenbaum, president of CVD Equipment Corporation, states: “We are very pleased by the significant level of new orders received in January, 2011 for both production and research equipment. We will continue to not only expand our research product offerings, but also continue to develop optimized production equipment for our customers. As our research equipment customers transition from research to production, CVD will continue to be an integral part of their success.

"The CVD/FN division continues to benefit from increased interest and funding in energy generation, energy savings and nanotechnology for both research and production equipment. We anticipate that this interest will continue throughout 2011.

To support our continued and projected growth, our Board of Directors has taken the prudent step of filing a Form S-3 registration statement with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, commonly known as a "shelf registration." When the shelf registration statement is declared effective by the SEC, the Company, at its option, will have the ability to conduct registered offerings of up to $20 million of common stock, preferred stock, debt securities, warrants to purchase these securities, unit offerings or any combination of such securities in multiple transactions over a period of up to three years.

"To be clear, we currently have an ample amount of cash and positive operating cash-flow. However, we realize that to meet increasing order levels and minimize segment risk, we may need to raise capital to support the expansion of product offerings, personnel, equipment and facilities. If we choose to sell shares under this shelf registration, it will be at a price we deem favorable to the Company, shareholders and for the purpose of financing both short and long term growth opportunities. For the above reasons, we believe this shelf filing is beneficial to the Company and its shareholders as it allows the Company to raise the capital as needed to continue our current and anticipated growth.”

Specific terms of any future offering under this registration statement will be established at the time of any such offering and will be described in a prospectus supplement that the Company would at such time file with the SEC.

Sunstone Circuits offering Rogers materials

MULINO, USA: Sunstone Circuits, the printed circuit board (PCB) prototype solutions provider, has enhanced their services by offering Rogers material 4350 (RO4350) for orders placed within the Sunstone quickturn product line.

The demand for Rogers materials is continuously on the rise. In their quest to continue being the easiest PCB company to do business with, Sunstone has responded to that demand and is now offering RO4350 on 2-Layer quickturn prototypes. Boards can be purchased in quantities of up to 25 per order, and will be shipped to customers within 24 hours of purchasing.

With the wireless communications industry rapidly evolving, this type of demand is becoming extremely common. Nearly all radio frequency (RF) devices used for test equipment specify Rogers materials. With its impressive and efficient dielectric constant, Rogers PCBs allow for very little current impedance. As a result, it has become the material of choice for designers developing high-speed circuits.

“For years Sunstone has been doing fantastic work for our customers. By adding Rogers materials to their quickturn prototypes, even more of our customers will be able to take advantage of their quality service and support,” said Duane Benson, marketing manager for Screaming Circuits.

For RF engineers who may have settled for low-quality prototypes or sub-par customer service due to a lack of quality suppliers, this will be a great opportunity for them to now engage in the Sunstone experience.

“Our goal is to ensure the success of our customers’ ideas and products. Our customers deserve affordable prototypes with quick turnaround times that do not compromise a quality end product. That is why we stay committed to delivering the most effective and efficient PCB prototypes with the most ‘extreme’ customer service in the industry. With live, 24/7/365 support, our customer service representatives are standing by to provide reliable solutions, every day of the year,” noted Diane Economaki, director of marketing at Sunstone Circuits.

By adding Rogers materials to their arsenal of products and services, Sunstone Circuits is continuing to differentiate themselves within the marketplace. They understand that the need for high-power, high-frequency transistors is increasing rapidly and in serious demand amongst the wireless communications industry. With higher efficiency, increased bandwidth and linearity, more polarization and higher junction temperature, RO4350 adds a whole new component of value to the already impressive PCBexpress product line.

Inventory replenishment of LED TV brand plants stimulates backlight demand; revenue of Taiwan LED makers bottom out in January

TAIWAN: According to the analysis and statistics of LEDinside, a research division under TrendForce, the total revenues of listed Taiwan LED manufacturers was up to NTD 8.09 billion in January 2011 (MoM-2.04 percent,YoY+15.9 percent).Source: LEDinside, Taiwan.

Regarding upstream chip manufacturers, these figures reached NTD 3.77 billion in January 2011, (MoM-0.7 percent; YoY+20.7 percent). The Chip LEDX moved back at 4,472 points, while Package LEDX rose to 5,001 points, showing a moderate uptrend.

Statistics show that Taiwan manufacturers, such as FOREPI, Tyntek, and Tekcore, start to increase the mid-large size backlight demand along with the launch of new LED TVs, Tablet PCs and smart phones. Under the circumstances of rising demand and replenished orders in LED TV backlight, the revenue has bottomed out in January 2011. The revenue of FOREPI has increased by 16.5 percent, to NTD 350 million, and the shipment of tablet PC application is forecasted for further increase in the future.Source: LEDinside, Taiwan.

As for downstream package manufacturers in Taiwan, the listed Taiwan LED manufacturers have gotten the total revenue of NTD 4.32 billion in January 2011, (MoM-3.2 percent, YoY+12 percent). Harvatek and Unity put their efforts on the backlight market, while Ledtech focuses on the low temperature lighting market, which contribute to the stabilized increase of order and revenue since November 2010.

Regarding lighting market, Edison has built completed channels and turned to emerging market development. Besides, LDMS business model has reduced the commercial cost and offered the all-around customer service system from components to modules, making the revenue increase by 15.9 percent, to NTD 222 million.

Besides, Taiwan manufacturers, including Everlight, ALT, and Genius, have passed CNS 15233 for the streetlight LED products. Currently, many manufacturers are under product inspection, and it is estimated that the installation volume of LED streetlight in Taiwan will become larger in the future, which will increase the overall visibility of the LED streetlight market.Source: LEDinside, Taiwan.

However, the Chinese and Japanese subsidy for both machine equipment and terminal consumer application will be expired. Besides, many uncertain factors will affect the LED industry development in the near future, such as driven development of LED supply and demand, the appreciation of NTD, and fierce talent competition in epitaxy manufacturers in China.Source: LEDinside, Taiwan.

Skyworks expands family of antenna switch modules supporting smart phones, tablets and datacards

Mobile World Congress 2011, BARCELONA, SPAIN: Skyworks Solutions Inc., an innovator of high reliability analog and mixed signal semiconductors enabling a broad range of end markets, has introduced a new family of antenna switch modules (ASMs) for dual and triple-mode smart phones, tablets and datacards.

These newest devices cover a wide range of applications from low-cost 3G handsets to HSPA+/LTE-enabled datacentric devices such as high-end smart phones, data dongles and tablets - - - all of which require design flexibility, high performance and cost-effective architectures. Skyworks’ comprehensive RF switch products are based on both gallium arsenide (GaAs) and silicon-on-insulator (SOI) technologies and complement its world-class front-end and power amplifier module portfolio, allowing the company to capture additional dollar content per platform.

“Skyworks is excited to be augmenting our broad GaAs and silicon based RF front-end solutions portfolio with these new SOI devices that help address real market needs and enhance performance requirements,” said Gregory L. Waters, executive vice president and general manager of front-end solutions at Skyworks. “Our ability to meet customers’ needs on multiple fronts and with highly integrated architectures, demonstrates the breadth and depth of Skyworks’ technology and capabilities in this demanding market.”

Tektronix partners with Groundhog to solve radio access network challenges

BARCELONA, SPAIN: Tektronix Communications, a leading worldwide leader in Network Intelligence and communications test solutions, has announced an innovative geolocation monitoring application as part of its OptiMon suite.

With this addition, Tektronix Communications provides operators with unprecedented deep-dive analysis that correlates all related radio and subscriber-level information into a single geo-located view in just a few mouse-clicks. This unique combination of expertise and ease-of-use will drastically improve Operator’s approach to fault isolation for RAN Optimization.

With ongoing pressures to maintain Customer Satisfaction (CSAT), operators must avoid the guesswork involved in isolating issues in order to reduce their mean time to repair (MTTR). As a result, a more accurate understanding of the radio network’s performance allows operators to react more quickly and eliminate any lengthy trial and error troubleshooting procedures. For example, having the accuracy to delineate between indoor or outdoor signal qualities can be the difference between proactively solving an issue BEFORE the subscriber is impacted vs. receiving a subscriber complaint that can lead to customer churn.

Developed by Groundhog Technologies, the geolocation application incorporates Google Earth 3D visualization, which enhances operators’ analytical capability on the geographical map. Integrated with OptiMon analysis capability, this combined, innovative application provides operators with the detailed information of dropped calls as well as the location and cell site in which the call was dropped.

A solution built for Network Performance & Optimization teams, the OptiMon solution’s rich set of parameters are essential in all critical service stages from network roll out to network upgrades. This includes future-proofing LTE centralized optimization SON use cases.

Agilent announces LTE test set for manufacturing

SANTA CLARA, USA: Agilent Technologies Inc. announced the Agilent EXT wireless communications test set for wireless device manufacturing. The new Agilent EXT includes X-Series Measurement Applications and Sequence Studio software along with enhanced Signal Studio software to support the required testing of existing and emerging communication technologies such as LTE.

Today’s explosion in smart phones is driving wireless manufacturers to accelerate their deployment of LTE devices to fulfill increasing user demand for the data capabilities of 3G and 4G.

The EXT wireless communications test set works seamlessly with test modes built into wireless chipsets. This eliminates signaling overhead from the manufacturing test process. It also increases throughput while maintaining the integrity of the test and the quality of the finished product. The EXT offers a revolutionary high-speed measurement sequencer that gives the fastest approach to both calibration and verification of devices in manufacturing test.

“Reducing the cost of test while minimizing time from pre-production to full-scale manufacturing is essential for wireless device manufacturers,” said Guy Séné, vice president and general manager of Agilent’s Microwave and Communications Division. “The new EXT test solution plays a pivotal role in helping manufacturers control cost and meet their time-to-market goals.”

The Agilent EXT uses Agilent’s proven X-Series Measurement Applications which simplify the creation of calibration and verification routines. The Sequence Studio software application, exclusive to the EXT, dramatically reduces the time it takes to develop and troubleshoot the advanced fast-sequencing test code used in non-signaling test techniques. Signal Studio allows test engineers to quickly create standards-compliant waveform files to test the receiver and stimulate the chipset to test the transmitter of wireless devices.

Digi-Key and Interlink announce signing of global distribution agreement

THIEF RIVER FALLS. & CAMARILLO, USA: Electronic components distributor Digi-Key Corp. and Interlink Electronics, announced that the companies have entered into an agreement in which Digi-Key will distribute Interlink Electronics products to customers worldwide.

Products from Interlink Electronics are now available for purchase on Digi-Key’s global websites. These products will also be featured in future print and online catalogs.

Interlink Electronics is the innovator of thin film Force Sensing Resistor (FSR) technology, which measures the force in diverse applications such as robotics, Smartphone user interfaces, and machine control. Initially used in electronic drums and other musical instruments, FSR technology is now optimized for use in devices such as handheld gaming devices, portable media players, mobile phones, digital cameras, navigation devices, and other portable electronics.

“We are very pleased to announce this distribution agreement with Interlink Electronics,” said Jeff Shafer, Digi-Key vice president of interconnect, passive, and electromechanical product. “This agreement will bring value to design engineers around the world, affirming Digi-Key’s commitment to provide our customers with innovative products and technology from the world’s foremost suppliers.”

“We are pleased to partner with Digi-Key, a leader in technology distribution. We look forward adding value to Digi-Key and their large customer base," said Trevor Bray, vice president of sales and marketing for Interlink Electronics.

Monday, February 14, 2011

Teledyne and DALSA complete plan of arrangement

THOUSAND OAKS, USA & WATERLOO, CANADA: Teledyne Technologies Imc. and DALSA Corp. jointly announced the successful completion of the previously announced plan of arrangement.

The Arrangement was completed following the approval of the Ontario Superior Court of Justice (Commercial List) and satisfaction of the various conditions precedent to the Arrangement.

DALSA received the requisite shareholder approvals for the Arrangement at the meeting of its shareholders held on February 10, 2011. The Ontario Superior Court of Justice (Commercial List) granted a final order approving the Arrangement on February 11, 2011. The DALSA shares will be delisted from the Toronto Stock Exchange on or about February 17, 2011. DALSA will also apply to cease to be a reporting issuer under applicable Canadian securities laws.

Pursuant to the Arrangement, Teledyne acquired all of the issued and outstanding DALSA shares for CAD $18.25 in cash for each DALSA share. The aggregate value for the transaction is approximately CAD $337 million, taking into account DALSA’s stock options and net cash as of December 31, 2010. In connection with the completion of the Arrangement, DALSA was amalgamated, with the resulting entity now named Teledyne DALSA Inc.

French UPS major SOCOMEC to strengthen its presence in India

BANGALORE, NDIA: Chennai-based Socomec UPS India Pvt Ltd, a wholly owned subsidiary of French UPS major and global leader in UPS technology, Socomec, is all set to capture the Indian UPS market by launching its new best-in-class environment friendly UPS systems in India.

Socomec is launching two new UPS products Masterys IP+, & Modulys Green Power which would add to its already existing wide range of products available in India targeting the industrial and in the IT Data Centre Modular expansion requirements. Socomec offers UPS in the power range spanning from 550 VA TO 5400KVA.

Socomec Group continues its innovation for providing the means behind its ambition that is to always be at the cutting edge of technology with the launch of two new UPS that would stand apart from the competitors and meet the customers' expectations. Modulys Green Power is introduced in line with its commitment to develop innovative solutions to improve energy efficiency and minimising impact on the environment and Masterys IP+ UPS which is engineered to power and protect industrial equipments.

Jerome Rodriguez, Managing Director, Socomec UPS India said: “Today's business environment is characterised by rapid, unpredictable changes where organisations are striving for seamless working infrastructure to deliver optimum results. Automation and technology advancements in industrial and service environment have lead to an increasing need of absolute certainty in the power supply. Observing the market trends we are delighted to announce the launch of our two new UPS for the Indian market which are aimed to address the needs of the industrial and the IT Data Centre Modular expansion requirements. We believe that with the launch of these custom-made industrial UPS, we would increase our market share by 18 percent by the end of Y2011.

Mastery IP+
Masterys IP+ is designed to be perfectly able to supply control equipments like programmable controllers, sensors and measurement apparatus and integrates perfectly into the most demanding industrial environments. This UPS can be installed in production areas and therefore exposed to conductive dust and dripping water, as well as unforeseeable and accidental contact with unqualified personnel during the course of their work. Even the ventilation system has been designed for industrial environments, with vents and conduits positioned to minimise the risk of dust entering.

The Masterys IP+ range is available with ratings of 10-80 kVA for three-phase models, and 10-60 kVA for single-phase models, with scalable power and the facility to use up to 6 units in parallel. In all cases the various models are perfectly able to handle unbalanced and non-linear single-phase loads. The integrated transformer is a useful feature since galvanic insulation and neutral connectivity are typically required in industrial applications.

MODULYS GP 20-240 KVA is a modular, scalable UPS solution for the latest virtual data centres. This UPS is a new range of on-line three phase double conversion medium power modular UPS systems with high power density, with a totally versatile redundant modular architecture for both power and batteries, with exceptional vertical and horizontal scalability.

Designed for infrastructure generation and mission critical applications, MODULYS GP guarantees unbeatable energy efficiency - certified 96 percent (TÜV SÜD) in true on-line double conversion mode. The product is introduced with an objective to match with energy efficiency and dynamic infrastructure that is able to reduce operational costs, resolve space limitation and eliminate power constrains.

Currently, Socomec India has 16 offices with company owned customer service centres across Chennai, Bangalore, Mumbai, Delhi, Hyderabad, Coimbatore, Pune, Kolkata, Madurai, Cochin, Chandigarh, Indore, Ahmedabad, Aurangabad, Patna and Trivandrum to support its Sales & Service function. It has 14 percent market share in the Indian UPS Market and expects to increase its yearly turnover to Rs. 100 crore by 2011.

Friday, February 11, 2011

Avantor Performance Materials to open new electronics lab in Taiwan

PHILLIPSBURG, USA: Avantor Performance Materials Inc. (formerly, Mallinckrodt Baker, Inc.) today announced plans to open an electronics applications laboratory in Taiwan during the second quarter of 2011. The new laboratory will be used to conduct customer demonstrations, perform process of record (POR) development and support Avantor’s global electronics technologies development.

Avantor manufactures and markets high-performance chemistries and materials around the world under two well-known and respected brand names, J.T.Baker and Macron Chemicals (formerly, Mallinckrodt Chemicals). These products are widely used in electronics and photovoltaic manufacturing; biotechnology and pharmaceutical production; and in research, academic and quality control laboratories.

Avantor is opening the Asia-based electronics laboratory to support global customers more quickly with access to advanced wafer processing and metrology tools. Customers will now be able to use Avantor’s state-of-the-art equipment to test chemistries and materials in a class 100 clean room fab environment, rather than disrupting operations by taking their own production equipment off-line for testing purposes.

“This high-tech facility will allow Avantor to provide convenient localized support to our global electronics customers,” said John Bubel, director of Marketing, Electronic Materials. “As customers implement our performance chemistries into their processes, they can test and make refinements on Avantor’s laboratory tools and transfer those processes back to their fabs, without ever having to interrupt their workflow.”

Additionally, Bubel noted that Avantor will test newly developed formulas on its full wafer equipment to support its own performance chemistries, and materials research and development.

“We are designating space for research and development, and production of small volume sample materials to better meet the needs of our global customers,” he said. “Technology hubs like this one, in such a key region, will provide more personalized customer service, and ultimately, better technology solutions.”

Avantor currently has applications or research and development laboratories in the United States, Korea and the Netherlands.

CSR unveils next-generation, consumer wireless audio platform

BANGALORE, UK: Building upon its leadership in wireless audio platforms, CSR plc announced the CSR8600 wireless consumer audio platform, a next-generation architecture CSR will employ for a new family of highly integrated system-on-chip devices offering superior high-fidelity audio quality, the latest Bluetooth wireless connectivity technologies and a sophisticated, highly efficient energy management system, all in a compact form factor with greatly reduced BOM count.

The CSR8600 platform is designed to enable consumer electronics manufacturers to more easily, quickly and cost-effectively bring to market highly differentiated home entertainment and wearable audio products featuring unmatched sound quality and connectivity, longer battery life and smaller, lighter designs for a more compelling user experience.

The CSR 8600 consumer audio platform provides the foundation for a family of highly integrated single-chip products CSR will introduce to meet the needs of a broad and exciting range of connected consumer audio products. From next-generation TVs, connected home entertainment systems and wired and wireless speakers to tablets, PCs and other mobile connectivity applications, the CSR 8600 platform will be able to deliver a rich audio experience along with advanced Bluetooth and Bluetooth low energy connectivity.

The CSR 8600’s tiny size, energy efficiency and other features make it ideal for use in a variety of compact portable and wearable products that offer longer battery life, including smart remote controllers, wireless headsets and headphones and portable media players equipped with wireless heart-rate monitor, foot-pod and other sensors.

“The CSR 8600 family of products will enable us to extend our current leadership position in the consumer wireless audio market, where audio performance, form factor and a rich, consumer-centric feature set are among the key success factors,” said Anthony Murray, senior vice president of CSR’s Audio and Consumer Business Unit.

“With the evolution of the connected home and the explosive growth in connected personal entertainment and information systems, there is a tremendous need for a highly integrated, wireless consumer audio solution like the CSR 8600 platform, and no one else offers this with the level of flexibility and capability that CSR does in a single-chip solution.”

“Bluetooth technology has been hugely successful, having largely replaced wired headsets in a number of markets, and now we believe the outlook for high-quality Bluetooth stereo is positive as it moves into new growth areas such as portable media players, home entertainment systems, wireless speakers, tablet and mobile device accessories, wearable audio and other connected lifestyle products,” said Alex West, director of connectivity, IMS Research.

“With flash memory, touch sensors and many other peripheral functions and components all integrated into a compact, efficient, high-performance System-on-a-Chip platform like the CSR8600, manufacturers will be able to create a variety of innovative products that provide consumers with a more compelling user experience.”

The CSR8600 platform introduces a more powerful audio processing engine with a flexible memory architecture for internal flash memory or ROM, as well as external serial flash, providing a platform that supports the development and deployment of a variety of high-quality audio algorithms for enhanced audio quality.

These include CSR’s aptX high-fidelity, low-latency audio technology for outstanding stereo audio over Bluetooth connectivity to wireless speakers or headphones while ensuring accurate lip-sync, as well as CSR’s Clear Voice Capture (CVC) technology for acoustic echo and noise cancellation, enabling the CSR 8600 platform to provide high-quality speakerphone functionality in televisions, tablets and PCs and other consumer products.

The CSR 8600 platform incorporates CSR’s industry leading Bluetooth technologies, including support for Bluetooth 3.0 to enable wireless streaming of high-fidelity stereo audio in home entertainment systems, TVs and other connected home applications. The CSR8600 also supports Bluetooth low energy, unlocking the potential of this new standard, and can be used in conjunction with CSR’s family of µEnergy Bluetooth low energy solutions to enable ultra-low-power connectivity and simple data transfer for wireless accessories, including 3D glasses, remote controllers and other applications previously limited by the power consumption, size constraints and complexity of other wireless standards.

Power consumption in the CSR8600 platform is significantly reduced through a combination of its ultra-low-power DSP architecture, new power supply subsystem, an efficient memory system, a reduction in process node geometry and by tailoring device firmware and software during critical modes of operation. The platform integrates multiple high-frequency switching power supplies that are very power efficient, low drop-out regulators and a new battery charger architecture with instant-on and fast charging capabilities, as well as support for USB charging.

With leading-edge IC packaging that is nearly half the size of previous-generation devices and a highly integrated design that greatly reduces overall BOM count and PCB size, the CSR8600 platform enables OEMs to create consumer electronics products with more compact and aesthetically pleasing designs. The CSR8600 platform includes a cornucopia of integrated peripheral and I/O components, including an internal balun for direct antenna connection, embedded flash memory or ROM, a high-performance audio codec, support for GPIO, UART, USB, SPI and I2C digital I/O, digital and analog microphone inputs, LED and LCD drivers and capacitive touch sensors.

At the software application level, the CSR 8600 platform is backward compatible with CSR’s popular BlueCore5-Multimedia platform, enabling easy migration of a broad range of CSR eXtension partner solutions, and facilitating the rapid time to market of a broad portfolio of CE products.

The first product(s) based on the CSR 8600 platform is already being sampled to lead customers and will be in production by mid 2011.

Thursday, February 10, 2011

element14 offers latest releases of iCoupler digital isolators from Analog Devices

BANGALORE, INDIA: element14 India (P) Ltd has announced the availability of the latest digital isolators that feature the award winning iCoupler technology from Analog Devices to its 120,000-strong electronic design engineer relevant inventory of products stocked within the Asia Pacific.

iCoupler digital isolators from Analog Devices combine proprietary chip-scale micro-transformer technology, analog and mixed-signal circuits, as well as high-speed CMOS, creating devices with significant system level integration and functional advantages over other digital isolators and optocouplers.

Offering isolation and innovation in one package, the iCoupler digital isolators portfolio is the broadest in the industry and includes standard digital isolators, digital isolators with isoPower, digital isolators with integrated PWM controller and transformer driver, USB 2.0 compatible isolators, isolated gatedrivers, isolated I²C digital isolators, isolated RS-485 transceivers, isolated RS-232 devices, isolated ∑-∆ ADCs.

The ADuM347x Family are quad-channel, digital isolators with an integrated PWM controller and transformer driver for an isolated dc-to-dc converter. The dc-to-dc converter provides up to 2 W of regulated, isolated power at 3.3 V to 24 V from a 5.0 V input supply or from a 3.3 V supply which eliminates the need for a separate, isolated dc-to-dc converter.

The iCoupler chip-scale transformer technology is used to isolate the logic signals, and the integrated transformer driver with isolated secondary side control provides higher efficiency for the isolated dc-to-dc converter. The result is a small form factor, total isolation solution.

The recently released ADuM3160 and ADuM4160 are the industry's first single package USB isolation solutions. The USB 2.0 compliant ADuM3160 and ADuM4160 are fully isolated to 1.5-Mbps and 12-Mbps and have been developed to lower system cost, reduce design size, and to lessen design time all while meeting the most demanding medical and industrial standards.

The ADuM4160 offers 5kV rms isolation that is ideal for medical applications as well as applications in harsh industrial environments. The ADuM3160 offers 2.5kV rms isolation and electrically isolates instrumentation and controls by protecting equipment from damaging surges or spikes and by eliminating down time when using non-isolated ports.

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Microsemi announces timing controller plus LED backlight solution for next-gen 3D LCD TVs

IRVINE, USA: Microsemi Corp., a leading provider of semiconductor technology aimed at powering a smart, secure, connected world, has announced collaboration with Sony Corp. Semiconductor Business Group for the first open market 3D-capable timing controller plus local dimming LED backlighting solution for the manufacturing of lower cost, high volume next-generation LCD TVs.

The combined solution includes a Sony timing and lighting controller, part number CXD4730GB and the Microsemi LED driver solution consisting of two chips, the DAZL!2000 series 32-port logic chip (LX24232) and 8-port LED driver power chip (LX23108L).

The complete turn-key reference design draws on Sony's powerful video and light processing technology and Microsemi's DAZL! LED drive technology, enabling the production of superior, high quality 3D and 2D images using LCD panels from a wide variety of manufacturers. The combined technologies allow lower cost 60 Hz refresh LCD panels to produce the image quality of more expensive 120 Hz panels, and enable 120 Hz panels to match the image quality of costly state of the art 240 Hz panels.

TV designers, particularly in rapidly expanding markets such as China, can now create 3D-enabled LCD TVs with enhanced image motion quality and contrast ratio while reducing cost, simplifying design complexity and shortening time to market. Microsemi is also planning to extend its relationship with Sony to include support of Sony's next generation of video and light processing technology.

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

EnRayTek chooses Veeco’s MOCVD systems for new LED factory

PLAINVIEW, USA: Veeco Instruments Inc. announced that it has been selected as the primary supplier of Metal Organic Chemical Vapor Deposition (MOCVD) systems by Enraytek Optoelectronics Co., Ltd. (EnRayTek), a new company established to make LEDs for backlighting LED-TVs.

During the fourth quarter of 2010, EnRayTek placed initial orders for Veeco TurboDisc K465i MOCVD systems to be installed at its new LED factory in Shanghai, China.

Dr. George Cherng, COO of EnRayTek, commented: “We selected Veeco because of their excellent tool performance, MOCVD technology leadership, strong customer support, and commitment to the China marketplace. Our facility is expected to be ready to begin to receive MOCVD tools in Q2, and we believe Veeco will be the best partner to help get us up and running and making high-quality LEDs fast.”

William J. Miller, executive VP, Veeco’s Compound Semiconductor Business, commented: “We are excited to win the EnRayTek business as we believe they have an excellent business plan, good financial backing and solid LED technology and personnel to meet their goal of becoming a major provider of LEDs for TV backlighting. It is our goal to help EnRayTek to ramp to production capacity quickly.”

Jim Jenson, VP of Marketing for Veeco MOCVD, noted: “Recent industry articles have forecasted that revenues from LED-backlit LCD-TVs are expected to exceed those of CCFL-backlit models for the first time in China during 2011. EnRayTek is focused on capitalizing on this trend.”

Epilight chooses Veeco’s MOCVD systems for new LED fab in Hefei

PLAINVIEW, USA: Veeco Instruments Inc. announced that Shanghai Epilight Technology Co. Ltd placed a large multi-tool order for Veeco TurboDisc K465i Metal Organic Chemical Vapor Deposition (MOCVD) systems during the fourth quarter of 2010. The equipment is for Epilight’s new LED fab at Hefei, China for high-brightness light emitting diode (HB-LED) manufacturing.

Wendi Liu, president of Epilight commented: “We installed a number of Veeco K465i tools in our Shanghai factory in mid-2010 and have been extremely pleased with their performance in our demanding high-volume LED production facility. We have therefore decided that Veeco equipment should form the foundation of our next round of capacity purchases for the Hefei Epilight fab.”

William J. Miller, Ph.D., executive VP, Veeco’s Compound Semiconductor Business, added, “Epilight is one of the top LED makers in China and we are thrilled to be chosen for their latest capacity expansion.”

RS Components secures distribution excellence award from Agilent

OXFORD, ENGLAND: RS Components, the world’s largest high service distributor of electronics and maintenance products, has received the 2010 Distribution Excellence award for EMEA from Agilent Technologies.

This annual award reflects the outstanding sales performance achieved by RS on Agilent products in the last 12 months and was presented during their EMEA distribution conference in Barcelona.

Benoit Neel, VP sales and GM, EMEA region for Agilent said: “2010 provided an interesting sales environment as the markets rebounded from the downturn of the previous year. Throughout the year RS has made a huge impact in helping Agilent to grow market reach and customer numbers across the EMEA region. Our congratulations go to the whole team.”

“Our relationship with Agilent has grown and strengthened throughout 2010 and we are delighted to be presented with their Distribution Excellence award,” said Jonathan Metcalfe, Global Strategic Supplier Manager for RS. “The outstanding support provided by the Agilent distribution team together with its market leading products has enabled RS to achieve market-leading growth rates on their product range. We are looking forward to building on that success in the coming year.”

iWatt’s high power-factor-corrected digital LED driver IC delivers flicker-free dimming for commercial and industrial LED lighting

LOS GATOS, USA: iWatt Inc., a developer of energy-efficient digital power supply control integrated circuits (ICs) used in leading-edge power supplies, has expanded its family of digital LED driver ICs with a two-stage, power-factor-corrected (PFC), primary-side-regulated, leading- and trailing-edge-dimmable, AC/DC Digital PWM Controller targeting 120V/230VAC offline commercial and industrial LED lighting applications.

Designed for isolated or non-isolated LED drivers used in incandescent replacement lamps including both space-constrained (GU10, MR16) and larger (A, PAR) types, the iW3614 (3W to 15W) incorporates features to assure power efficiency, durability, reduced size and component costs, and flicker-free compatibility with existing wall dimmers worldwide.

The iW3614 joins its siblings, the medium-power iW3610/iW3612 ICs and low-power iW3602, as iWatt’s first LED driver IC targeted for commercial and industrial LED lighting applications with PF > 0.9. All four ICs are pin compatible, and the iW3602/iW3612/iW3614 include hot-plug support, where the user can swap the LED engine without recycling the input power for the LED driver.

The iW3614 features a two-stage PFC scheme on a single chip. A front-stage boost converter enables PF > 0.90 (typically 0.94), while the following PWM driver stage minimizes ripple current at the output. This scheme eliminates the disadvantages of a single-stage design, such as the low 100Hz/120Hz line frequency ripple and resulting flicker at the output. Reducing the output ripple current also enables smaller output capacitors, leading to size, cost and reliability benefits.

The low-frequency (100Hz/120Hz) flicker common to single-stage PFC solutions has the potential to cause headaches, migraines, eye strain and other ill effects, and is currently under scrutiny by the IEEE standards working group, the IEEE PAR1789. “The power savings that make LED lighting solutions attractive will be undermined if they cause significant health risks to the public,” said Ron Edgerton, CEO of iWatt. “Our engineers are looking at ways to preserve the industry’s energy-efficiency benefits and avoid the potential health risks.”

A single-stage PFC design can also limit the dimming range (typically 10% to 100%) as it may lack a bulk electrolytic storage capacitor to store energy and subsequently power the LEDs when the dimmer phase cut is low. iWatt’s two-stage design overcomes this challenge with a small bulk storage capacitor to allow a wide (1% to 100%) dimming range.

In iWatt’s LED driver ICs, intelligent digital algorithms automatically detect all types of dimmers or a lack thereof, for flicker-free operation with existing wall dimmers worldwide, including both leading-edge (TRIAC style) and trailing-edge dimmers. In case of an unsupported dimmer, safe mode shuts it down. The device allows smooth, flicker-free dimming with tight ±5% LED current regulation which prevents flicker from the noisy line voltage common on a factory floor.

iWatt’s AC/DC power conversion ICs are unique in that they feature a digital feedback and control loop versus analog. This adaptive digital control technology optimizes efficiency and reliability, and simplifies printed circuit board (PCB) design. Precision primary-side-control technology to eliminate the opto-coupler and secondary-side control circuit, built-in frequency jitter and quasi-resonant (or valley-mode) switching to reduce EMI (over 6dB margin and over 85% efficiency), and a high switching frequency up to 200kHz combine to enable designers to reduce thermal loss, component count, driver size and bill of materials (BOM). Eliminating the opto-coupler, combined with low inrush current and low ripple current by design, can also lengthen the life of the LED driver assembly.

Comprehensive safety features include: LED open/short circuit protection, input over-voltage protection, and over-temperature thermal shutdown. An LED current de-rating at high temperatures also protects LEDs. The IC enables system designers to exceed all safety, EMI and regulatory standards, including the EN55015B, IEC61000-3-2 and Energy Star.

The chip comes in a low-cost, thermally-enhanced SO-8 package with an exposed pad which allows lower die junction-to-PCB thermal resistance for increased reliability. Samples are available, and the iW3614 is priced at $1.13 in 1,000-piece quantities.

Monday, February 7, 2011

Moser Baer Technologies, Universal Display announce technology and licensing agreement for energy-efficient white OLED lighting

CANANDAIGUA & EWING, USA: Moser Baer Technologies Inc., a US subsidiary of Moser Baer India Ltd., and Universal Display Corp., enabling energy-efficient displays and lighting with its UniversalPHOLED technology and materials, announced that the two companies have agreed to terms of a Memorandum of Agreement for technology licensing, material supply and technology assistance to support Moser Baer Technologies’ initiatives in white OLED lighting.

This agreement follows a program that the two companies announced last year in which the companies received $4,000,000 from the US Department of Energy to design and build the first white OLED lighting pilot manufacturing facility in the United States.

Under the agreement, Moser Baer Technologies will license Universal Display’s proprietary PHOLED and other OLED technologies and purchase Universal Display’s highly energy-efficient UniversalPHOLED materials for white OLED panel manufacturing. Moser Baer Technologies and Universal Display will also work together in a five-year program to support Moser Baer’s manufacture of white PHOLED lighting products.

The establishment of Moser Baer Technologies’ pilot manufacturing facility is a key next step in the development of a manufacturing base and market for white OLED lighting products in the US. The resulting panels will be made available to luminaire manufacturers to help seed the market for a range of new white OLED lighting products in the $90 billion lighting market.

“We are very pleased to further strengthen our partnership with Moser Baer Technologies,” said Steven V. Abramson, president and CEO of Universal Display. “This Memorandum of Agreement will accelerate the development and manufacturing of phosphorescent OLED lighting panels by Moser Baer, a world leader in the development of low cost, high volume manufacturing facilities. Universal Display’s PHOLED technology and materials provide excellent performance characteristics that translate into energy savings, environmental benefits and cost effectiveness. Those benefits are key to enabling the manufacture of highly-efficient white OLED lighting products by companies such as Moser Baer Technologies.”

"The global lighting industry is going through a major transformation with the advent of solid state lighting options. The Moser Baer Group brings several years of experience in light management and substrate manufacturing technologies which are suitable for OLED lighting devices. We plan to use Universal Display’s superior PHOLED emitter materials and technology in combination with our substrate technology competencies and develop integrated, high-volume manufacturing concepts for OLED lighting products of the future.

"We are pleased to be working with Universal Display through this agreement which covers Universal Display’s phosphorescent OLED technology license to Moser Baer Technologies, access to Universal Display’s leading edge PHOLED materials and a multi-year technology support program for Moser Baer Technologies to commercialize OLED lighting products," said Dr. G. Rajeswaran, CEO of Moser Baer Technologies and Group CTO of Moser Baer India Ltd. He added, “We are confident that with our extensive capabilities in low cost/high throughput manufacturing, we will be able to industrialize this technology at competitive cost points."

“Our existing capabilities and asset base for high speed substrate manufacturing are our strengths being leveraged as we take our initial steps in the Solid State Lighting space, with significant potential in the US, Indian, and other global markets,” added Yogesh Mathur, Director, Moser Baer Technologies and Group CFO, Moser Baer India Ltd.

The joint DOE program between Moser Baer Technologies and Universal Display is part of the DOE’s long-term commitment to advancing the development and introduction of energy-efficient white OLED lighting sources for general illumination. PHOLED technology is expected to play a critical role in the development and deployment of OLED solid state lighting technology, which offers increased energy efficiency, decreased power consumption, and an environmentally friendly alternative to traditional incandescent and compact fluorescent light bulbs.

According to industry estimates, electric bills for lighting alone are over $200 billion per year on a worldwide basis. It has been estimated that by 2016, white OLEDs could generate well over $20 billion in worldwide savings of electricity costs and could save over nine million metric tons of carbon emissions from the US alone.

GigOptix to acquire Endwave

PALO ALTO, USA: GigOptix Inc., a leading supplier of high performance electronic and electro-optic components that enable next generation 40G and 100G optical networks, has signed a definitive merger agreement to acquire Endwave Corp., a leading provider of high frequency RF solutions and semiconductor products for the wireless mobile backhaul communications, satellite communications, electronic instruments and defense and security markets.

The combined company will retain the name GigOptix, Inc. to become a high speed, high frequency leader for optical and wireless communications. The acquisition is expected to close in the second quarter of this year.

“I am very excited about the strategic merger of GigOptix and Endwave. Once complete, the combined company will be well positioned to be a leader in high speed communication components. We are set to offer solutions to both the optical and microwave RF front ends that will drive continued growth and bring added value to our customers and stockholders,” commented Dr. Avi Katz, GigOptix’s chairman of the Board of Directors and CEO.

“Responding to the core issue of increasing bandwidth to meet customer demand has shaped the technology advancements for both companies. By combining Endwave’s extensive point to point microwave radio system knowledge and Monolithic Microwave IC (MMIC) product portfolio with GigOptix’s portfolio of optical modulators and broadband amplifiers, it positions us to not only expand our market opportunities, but also enables us to increase our penetration of the existing customer bases and market segments. The combined company will be able to leverage Endwave’s manufacturing and GigOptix’s high speed fiber optic front end technology to provide cutting-edge solutions for next generation 100G and 400G drivers and electro-optic sub-systems.”

Saturday, February 5, 2011

Valeo files record number of patents in 2010

PARIS, FRANCE: Valeo announced that it filed a record number of patents in 2010. The Group filed 612 initial patents throughout the year, an increase of more than 20% versus the average of the past five years. This places Valeo among the top patent filers in France.

CEO Jacques Aschenbroich declared: "This performance reflects Valeo's dynamic research and development policy. It is an illustration of the Group's growth strategy based on the development of innovative technologies within a context of major technological change in the automotive industry, particularly in the area of electric drivetrains."

In this highly competitive environment, and despite the crisis that highly impacted the entire global automotive industry, Valeo has continued to take all necessary actions to protect its innovations and strengthen its technological and commercial positions.

Valeo has oriented its R&D towards two key areas of strategic growth: reduced vehicle CO2 emissions and the specificities of Asian and emerging markets. The Group has nearly 6,300 R&D engineers and technicians working in 20 research centers mainly in France and 38 development centers close to our customers. Their aim is to satisfy consumers' needs in terms of low-consumption vehicles and solutions adapted to emerging markets.

Valeo is an independent industrial Group fully focused on the design, production and sale of components, integrated systems and modules for the automotive industry, mainly for CO2 emissions reduction. Valeo ranks among the world's top automotive suppliers. The Group has 110 plants, 20 Research centers, 38 Development centers, 10 distribution platforms and employs 57,300 people in 27 countries worldwide.

Cynergy3's RF reed relays available exclusively through Newark

CHICAGO, USA: Newark a leading multi-channel, high-service electronics distributor in the Americas and part of the global Premier Farnell Group, announced an exclusive agreement with Cynergy3 to stock its RF reed relay line.

Available for same-day shipping, Cynergy3 RF reed relays offer up to 9kV isolation and 20amps carry current performance from DC through to radio frequencies. Competitively priced, design engineers no longer have to compromise on flexibility or performance offered by RF relays.

"Newark has previously partnered with us to successfully introduce our fluid level sensors into the North American marketplace, and we feel confident that they will do the same with our RF reed relays," comments John Mason, VP, Sales & Marketing for Cynergy3's US Operations. "With its broad offering and excellent service, Newark is an attractive source for design engineers."

Mason will serve as the RF relay expert on element14, Newark's online engineering community. Design engineers are invited to chat live with him or anyone else that serves on the element14 expert panel.

Key applications for RF reed relays include HF radio, RF generators for medical diagnostic (MRI) and treatment equipment (high power lasers) and ATE semiconductor, cable and component testers.

Friday, February 4, 2011

Hubbell Lighting Luminaires provide safety and sustainability for LEED certified garage at University of Nebraska

GREENVILLE, USA: Hubbell Lighting, a division of Hubbell Inc., and a market leader in innovative lighting technology for over a century, provided both indoor and outdoor energy efficient illumination for a 5-story parking garage with more than 1,000 parking spaces on the campus of the University of Nebraska, Lincoln.

Built near the east/northeast corner of the growing higher education campus, the parking garage, which opened in the Fall 2010 semester primarily to serve students and faculty, attained USGBC LEED certification, a first for the State of Nebraska for this type of parking structure.

Under the guidance of Engineering Technologies Inc., (ETI), the lighting specified for the garage called for 379 state-of-the-art interior and 47 exterior pole mounted fixtures from Kim Lighting, a Hubbell Lighting brand. ETI chose Kim Lighting’s patent-pending PGL7- LED fixtures for interior illumination and Kim’s WARP9-LED pole mounted area lighting fixtures for the garage’s exposed roof level parking.

“As designer of the facility, our main goal was to provide a safe and effective environment for the occupants,” said Gary Loop, an ETI principal/electrical engineer.

“We took advantage of the unique characteristics of the light sources available to us as well as the energy they saved. By comparison to traditional indoor HID 100watt HID lamps/magnetic ballast, the PGL7 LED/electronic driver provides a 44 percent energy savings per unit; compared to an outdoor 250 watt HID/magnetic ballast the new WARP9 LED/electronic driver provides a 52 percent energy savings per unit, impressive figures that go directly to the University’s bottom line. When we were presented with Kim’s new PGL7 and WARP9 luminaires by Lighting Specialists, the Hubbell Lighting sales agency, we could immediately observe the energy savings they presented.”

“Unique to Kim’s new designs were the internal optics that not only provided the light levels desired but also put the light where we wanted. One of the important visual characteristics that we observed from Kim’s fixtures was the reduction in glare compared to similar LED fixtures and conventional sources. Being able to provide a well lit environment while minimizing distractions to the driver allowed us to provide an effective design,” said Loop.

“To meet high standards of reduced energy and maintenance costs as well as limited light trespass, Kim’s proprietary MicroEmitter technology was used to provide the garage with exceptional luminous uniformity and glare control. Unlike most LED and HID luminaries whose light output is directed straight down, the Kim luminaries with MicroEmitter technology dramatically improve illumination uniformity by eliminating the wasteful “nadir dump” of lumens directly below the fixture. Because each MicroEmitter is precisely aimed exactly where needed, glare is substantially reduced preventing direct view of more than 50 percent of the LEDs from any viewing angle,” noted a Kim Lighting spokesperson.

In addition to the Kim Lighting’s remarkable fixture performance, the company is doing its part to limit hazardous waste by using aluminum-housing materials and reflector components constructed from more than 90 percent recycled materials for all MicroEmitter LED luminaire offerings. All of Kim’s LED products are entirely lead and mercury free meeting strict US and international environmental protection and recyclable requirements.

Thursday, February 3, 2011

Diodes Inc.'s op-amps raise audio performance

DALLAS, USA: Diodes Inc., a leading global manufacturer and supplier of high-quality application specific standard products within the broad discrete, logic and analog semiconductor markets, announced the release of the APX4558 dual channel op-amps.

With a low input noise performance of only 8nV/√Hz at 1kHz, these dual channel op-amps meet demands for higher performance audio without an increase in BOM cost. This performance, coupled with a wide unity gain bandwidth of 3MHz, makes the op-amps well suited to a broad range of cost-sensitive audio products including set top boxes and pre-amplifiers.

Two variants are being offered by Diodes, the commercial grade APX4558 with an operating temperature range of 0ºC to 70ºC and the industrial grade APX4558I, operating from -40ºC up to 105ºC. Both new parts are provided in the SO8 package and are pin-for-pin compatible with industry standard op-amp alternatives.

The op-amps are short-circuit protected and the devices’ internal compensation delivers stability that removes the need for additional external frequency compensation components.

RFMD receives first production orders for PowerSmart power platform

GREENSBORO, USA: RF Micro Devices Inc. has received its first volume production orders for its PowerSmart power platforms. The production orders are in support of a highly anticipated smartphone and tablet product family to be launched by a leading cellular handset manufacturer beginning in the March, 2011, quarter.

Eric Creviston, president of RFMD's cellular products group (CPG), said: "RFMD's PowerSmart power platforms are a new product category reshaping the future of multimode, multi-band cellular RF architectures. PowerSmart power platforms feature a revolutionary new RF Configurable Power Core™ that delivers multiband, multi-mode coverage of all cellular communications modulation schemes, including 2G, 3G and 4G, up to LTE 64QAM."

In addition to the RF Configurable Power Core, which performs all power amplification and power management functionality, RFMD's PowerSmart power platforms also include all necessary switching and signal conditioning functionality in a compact reference design, providing smartphone manufacturers a single scalable source for the entire cellular front end.

RFMD expects to commence volume shipments of PowerSmart in the current quarter, with sequential growth anticipated in the June, 2011, quarter.

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Molex intros iPass+ high-speed channel (HSC) CXP copper and optical products at DesignCon

DesignCon 2011, LISLE, USA: Molex Inc. has announced its newest additions to the iPass+ product family.

The iPass+ High-Speed Channel (HSC) CXP copper and optical system offers connectors and cables that achieve rates of up to 120 Gbps of pluggable data over 12 lanes in one assembly. The first-to-market technology will be on display in Molex booth 501 at DesignCon 2011, February 1 and 2, Santa Clara, CA. This dual paddle-card system was adopted as the InfiniBand* CXP 12x QDR standard and by IEEE 802.3ba as the 100G Ethernet standard, providing 10 lanes of 10 Gbps data rates.

Molex has leveraged the latest high data-rate capable wafer technology and compliant-pin tails to develop two integrated connector offerings for the growing server-storage market:

The enhanced footprint version is a high-density, 10-channel connector, which conforms to IEEE 802.3ba requirements for the 10-channel 100 Gigabit Ethernet interface and provides a path to future terabit networks.

The standard version is a high-density, 12-channel connector capable of achieving Quad Data Rates (QDR) of 10 Gbps. The one-piece press-fit connector and cage assembly provides one-step placement to the board and is offered in both single and stacked dual-port configurations.

“Not only does the iPass+ HSC CXP deliver one of the highest data-rate capable I/Os on the market today, but it provides the most effective utilization of space,” said Larry Schultz, global product manager, Molex. “This allows our customers, the server and switch manufacturers, to provide twice as many high data-rate capable channels as their current products and deliver a superior solution to the end-user.”

Other Molex iPass+ HSC CXP products include:
Stacked Dual-Port Integrated Connector: The stacked dual-port connector and cage assembly integrates two individual 12x ports into a single press-fit connector that provides one-step placement to the board.

Copper Cable Assemblies: The copper cables are designed to accommodate single, ganged or stacked connector configurations in extremely high-density requirements. CXP passive copper cables are available in a variety of lengths.

Active Optical Cable Assemblies: CXP active optical cable (AOC) assemblies and pluggable transceiver modules utilize 12 transmit (TX) and 12 receive (RX) channels and deliver 10 Gbps per channel over multimode optical fiber with transmission distances up to 1km (3280.840’). Optical-to-electrical conversion at the cable ends is provided by integrated transceiver modules containing an optical engine specifically optimized for low-power consumption and high reliability.

Optical Module Assemblies: The low profile CXP optical 4.50mm round module assemblies offer improved fiber management over traditional flat cables for connecting CXP transceivers. The CXP optical module assemblies utilize 24 fibers using industry-standard MTP/MPO connectors to provide 12 transmit (TX) and 12 receive (RX) channels over 10 Gbps high-bandwidth (OM3) fiber. This design meets InfiniBand bandwidth requirements for CXP modules spaced up to 300m.