Mechanical engineers who want to learn more about LEDs will have an opportunity next Wednesday, September 29th in the Chicago area. Designing With LEDs, a seminar and hands-on workshop, will help engineers learn how to save power, reduce space, manage heat and use LED color in a broad array of applications. The seminar, to be held in Rosemont, IL, on September 29th, will be part of a three-day event that includes Design & Manufacturing Midwest and four other trade shows.
In addition to the sessions on power management, packaging, connectors and high brightness LEDs, the seminar will also include a pair of targeted presentations for mechanical engineers. National Semiconductor will anchor a session called, “What Mechanical Engineers Should Know About LEDs,” and Cool Innovations will discuss “Cooling High Brightness LEDs With Natural Convection.”
The seminar, sponsored by Design News and EDN magazines, is aimed at circuit designers, lighting component designers, systems architects, LED lighting designers and mechanical project engineers who want to learn more about LEDs.
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