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Lightbulbs That Want to Change Your Mood; These new LEDs claim that they’ll help you sleep, boost your energy, or just help you have a good time
January 01, 2015
Bulbs used to be boring. Light on. Light off. Dimming was about as high tech as they got. But the LEDs pictured above have the potential to be much more, thanks to semiconductor chips and electronic circuitry. Some can alter the color of the light they shine, and others are claimed to help adjust your energy levels and mood. We put their unique claims through some tests, checked with sleep and lighting experts, and looked at how good they are as standard bulbs. Plus we list the best of our fully tested regular LEDs. Just like other electronics-based products, LED prices are falling as demand and performance increase. Sleep Like an Astronaut The Definitely Digital Good Night LED and the Awake & Alert LED are used to help astronauts sleep or remain alert in space, claims Lighting Science, their manufacturer. Lighting Science LEDs were used in NASA ground-based studies, and the manufacturer helped to develop the LED lighting system scheduled for installation in the International Space Station in 2016, according to NASA’s Smith Johnston, M.D. But NASA won’t say which LEDs it actually uses in space.

Toshiba to Unveil Wide Range of Next-Generation Innovations at International CES; Exhibition to include new concept innovations and solutions for energy, healthcare and storage
December 18, 2014
Toshiba will unveil a new vision for the future and showcase new concept innovations such as Toshiba Glass and a wide range of new technologies in the healthcare, storage and energy categories at the International Consumer Electronics Show (International CES), the world's largest exhibition of home electronics on January 6 through 9 in Las Vegas, the Toshiba exhibit will be located in the Central Hall of the Las Vegas Convention Center, booth# 11028. In addition, the company will present solutions that can be realized though its "lifenology" technologies which help people achieve a better quality of life.

Multi-Touch Technology, Applications and Global Markets
December 18, 2014
  This BCC Research report provides the necessary insights on the multi-touch industry with respect to current market and forecasted market for next five years. Due to the rapidly growing smartphone market, multi-touch technology is expected to become mainstream technology for major handheld devices.

Global Semiconductor Market Outlook 2020
December 18, 2014
The global semiconductor market has been experiencing a stimulating growth in recent times despite the industry suffering from a decline in revenue due to the economic downturn in 2010. Advancement in technology, emergences of mobile devices and consumer electronics, and new application areas are further expected to lead the global semiconductor market in the coming years. Although intense competition, pricing pressure and product life cycle & cost hamper the growth of semiconductor market, it is anticipated that the global semiconductor market will sustain positive growth in the coming years.

Vishay Intertechnology Automotive-Grade PIN Photodiodes Deliver 7.5 mm² Sensitive Area in Low-Profile Packages; AEC-Q101-Qualified, Surface-Mount Devices Offer High Reverse Light Current to 48 µA and Low Dark Current of 2 nA
December 18, 2014
Vishay Intertechnology, Inc. (NYSE: VSH) is broadening its optoelectronics portfolio with the introduction of two new automotive-grade high-speed silicon PIN photodiodes in top-view, surface-mount packages measuring 5 mm by 4 mm by 0.9 mm. Offering a large sensitive area of 7.5 mm², the Vishay Semiconductors VEMD5010X01 and VEMD5110X01 provide high radiant sensitivity with a reverse light current of 48 µA and a very low dark current of 2 nA for automotive, industrial, and medical applications.

NanoMarkets Issues Latest Report on Quantum Dots, Says QDs Now a Major Competitive Threat to OLEDs
December 18, 2014
 Glen Allen:  According to "Market Opportunities for Quantum Dots: 2015 to 2022," a new report from industry analyst firm NanoMarkets, quantum dots have now progressed far enough down the curve to pose a significant competitive threat to OLED technology.  NanoMarkets considers 2014 as the breakout year for QDs, which achieved significant penetrations in smaller mobile displays for the first time and have now been firmly established as a significant threat to the future of OLED technology.  In the firm's new report, the market for quantum dots (QDs) will grow to $5.5 billion in revenues in 2020.  More on this report can be found at:http://nanomarkets.net/market_reports/report/market-opportunities-for-quantum-dots-2015-2022

LED Driver from Diodes Offers High E-Transformer Compatibility in Non-Dimmable MR16 Lamp Design
December 18, 2014
Diodes Incorporated (Nasdaq: DIOD), a leading global manufacturer and supplier of high-quality application specific standard products within the broad discrete, logic and analog semiconductor markets, today introduced the AL8820 LED driver converter. This device is a compact, two-stage, boost/buck non-dimmable MR16 lamp design solution that is simultaneously characterized by high power factor, low total harmonic distortion (THD) and low-output current ripple. For example, in a 6W MR16 application, the device operates flicker-free with most common LED lighting transformers at a power factor of 0.9 and THD of 30%.

Exar Promotes Daniel Wark to Vice President of Worldwide Operations
December 18, 2014
 Exar Corporation(NYSE: EXAR), a leading supplier of high-performance integrated circuits and system solutions, today announced the promotion of Daniel Wark to the position of Vice President, Worldwide Operations. Mr. Wark succeeds Robert Todd Smathers, who is retiring after three years of service with Exar and over 35 years of service in the semiconductor industry.

TowerJazz to Present at the 17th Annual Needham Growth Conference in New York
December 18, 2014
TowerJazz (NASDAQ: TSEM), the global specialty foundry leader, today announced that its Chief Executive Officer, Mr. Russell Ellwanger, will present at the 17th Annual Needham Growth Conference.

ReportsnReports Issues TSV 3D IC Industry Future Market Trends Research
December 18, 2014
ReportsnReports added Future Trends of the Worldwide TSV 3D IC Industry research report published in Dec 2014 and providing global industry value forecast up to 2017 and major players' development plan in 2015 and 2016.


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