The live webinar, scheduled for Tuesday, August 13 at 2:00 p.m. ET (11:00 a.m. PT), will look at the role of LEDs, with a special focus on such technical areas as drivers, control, and cooling. Our two panelists -- Dr. Jy Bhardwaj of Philips Lumileds and John Perry of Texas Instruments -- will examine the coming changes in the lighting industry and discuss what they will mean to engineers.
"LED performance is going up at about 15 percent, year on year," Bhardwaj recently told Design News. "Given that increase, the net cost is coming down at a rate of about 50 percent a year, which means that LEDs are beginning to enter the realm of consumer applications."
As that happens, design engineers will need to be ready to incorporate LEDs into a wide variety of everyday products, Bhardwaj added.
On Tuesday, the panelists will talk about what engineers will need to know as performance and costs continue to evolve. "There's such a plethora of options out there today, the folks who are doing the designs have a lot of ways to approach it," Perry told us. "If they're locked into believing that white LEDs will always operate at 2V and 350 mA, then they're probably missing out on a lot of vital information."
Could our view of distant galaxies be obstructed by a lawnmower? That unlikely question is at the heart of a growing debate between the National Radio Astronomy Observatory and a robot manufacturer that seeks to build self-guided lawnmowers.
Design News readers spoke loudly and clearly after our recent news story about a resurgence in manufacturing -- and manufacturing jobs. Commenters doubted the manufacturers, describing them as H-1B visa promoters, corporate crybabies, and clowns. They argued that US manufacturers aren’t willing to train workers, preferring instead to import cheap labor from abroad.
Using wireless chips and accessories, engineers can now extract data from the unlikeliest of places -- pumps, motors, bridges, conveyors, refineries, cooling towers, parking garages, down-hole drills and just about anything else that can benefit from monitoring.
Focus on Fundamentals consists of 45-minute on-line classes that cover a host of technologies. You learn without leaving the comfort of your desk. All classes are taught by subject-matter experts and all are archived. So if you can't attend live, attend at your convenience.