The LED driver IC enables reduction of
power loss during switching and critical-conduction mode allows power factor
correction control using few external components and realizes a power factor of
0.9 or higher.
A variety of control modes can be
achieved by changing the configuration of the externally connected elements.
Examples include buck-boost control, average-current control, peak-current
control and constant-input-power control.
Renesas Electronics' R2A20134 LED driver IC also can be employed in TRIAC dimmer applications
by applying a voltage matched to the TRIAC phase to the feedback pin for constant-current control.
Samples of Renesas Electronics' new LED
driver IC will be available starting in December 2010,
priced at $1 per unit. Mass production is scheduled to begin in March 2011.
University of Southampton researchers have come up with a way to 3D print transparent optical fibers like those used in fiber-optic telecommunications cables, potentially boosting frequency and reducing loss.
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