Texas Instruments Inc. introduced a new
single-stage LED lighting pulse width
modulation (PWM) controller. The TRIAC-dimmable solution regulates LED current
and also achieves near unity power factor. The reference design can achieve 85
percent efficiency, which enables high-density, small form factor designs. The TPS92210 is designed for general
lighting applications, such as commercial and residential recessed, troffer,
light bulb replacement, architectural and display lighting.
features flexible operation modes such as peak primary current, constant
on-time and frequency modulation. The constant on-time mode provides
single-stage power factor correction for improved efficiency.
cascoded MOSFET configuration results in 10 percent lower switching losses with
fast and easy high-voltage start-up compared to competitive devices.
Continuous linear TRIAC dimming provides flicker-free, uniform control.
Multiple protection features, such as over voltage protection without
optocouplers, thermal shutdown and advanced over current, safely shut down the
system if fault conditions exist.
Programmable fault response, full shutdown and shutdown restart provide added
flexibility for fault response.
The Beam Store from Suitable Technologies is managed by remote workers from places as diverse as New York and Sydney, Australia. Employees attend to store visitors through Beam Smart Presence Systems (SPSs) from the company. The systems combine mobility and video conferencing and allow people to communicate directly from a remote location via a screen as well as move around as if they are actually in the room.
An MIT research team has invented what they see as a solution to the need for biodegradable 3D-printable materials made from something besides petroleum-based sources: a water-based robotic additive extrusion method that makes objects from biodegradable hydrogel composites.
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