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.
Altair has released an update of its HyperWorks computer-aided engineering simulation suite that includes new features focusing on four key areas of product design: performance optimization, lightweight design, lead-time reduction, and new technologies.
At IMTS last week, Stratasys introduced two new multi-materials PolyJet 3D printers, plus a new UV-resistant material for its FDM production 3D printers. They can be used in making jigs and fixtures, as well as prototypes and small runs of production parts.
In a line of ultra-futuristic projects, DARPA is developing a brain microchip that will help heal the bodies and minds of soldiers. A final product is far off, but preliminary chips are already being tested.
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