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Seeing the Light between Mid- And High-Power LEDs Paul Golata
LEDs have become ubiquitous and used in a variety of applications because they’re small, energy efficient (lm/W), robust, reliable, and feature-full. Mid-power LEDs are finding a niche in general illumination applications where size and uniformity take precedence over raw optical output power.

Video Everywhere: What Happens When Projectors Get Really Cheap? Charles Byers
Video cameras have dropped in price by three orders of magnitude in the last couple of decades. What if video projectors followed a similar path? Where would we put those little, cheap projectors? How would massively parallel arrays of projectors be used? What sorts of new services could result?

Buckle Up, Put It In Drive and ‘ROHM’ the Open Road Paul Golata
Buckle up, put it in drive and, roam the open road. ROHM Semiconductor’ LEDs and LED drivers make this possible. Like the American bison, you have the freedom to roam where you want. Take advantage and drive out with your lights on and your seat belts fastened.

Router Security Vulnerabilities Could Compromise the IoT Steven Keeping
Wi-Fi routers offer a cheap, convenient gateway to connect IoT sensors to the Cloud, but tests reveal the devices have weak security. As the IoT grows, they could prove even more enticing targets for hackers. New developments bring more protection, but other technologies could prove a better option.

Keeping the Lights On: ESD and Thermal Protection for LED Lighting Systems TDK Corporation
There are several factors that can affect solid-state lighting including stress, packaging-related, and component-related issues. Discover the key threats that affect the reliability of LED lighting systems.

Connected-Home Tech Falls Short but the Future is Bright Steven Keeping
While smart-home devices are gaining traction, the truly connected home remains a dream. Engineers are working on interim solutions to meld disparate wireless technologies, with some success, but a single smart-home solution is far in the future.

A Breakthrough for Increasing Organic Solar Cell Conductivity Mouser Staff
An accidental discovery at the University of Michigan has turned the sleepy world of organic solar cells upside down. It turns out that electrons can go farther in organic materials, making these materials a far more efficient conduit of electrical current.

Tax Reform Keeps the Sun Shining on Solar Energy David Wagman
Inverters, connectors, and panels may be the hardware that delivers solar energy to homeowners and utility giants alike, but it’s the tax breaks that often justify installing solar energy in the first place. How will the late 2017 US tax reforms affect the solar industry as a whole?

Tech Scores a TD at Super Bowl LII Barry Manz
Super Bowl LII fans in the stands will expect flawless cellular and Wi-Fi performance, and viewers at home will expect multi-view, action-packed, real-time coverage. The mammoth technology infrastructure supporting Super Bowl LII should deliver on both.

LEDs and Wireless Tech Combine to Build Intelligent Lighting Steven Keeping
Both LED lighting and low-power wireless technology have been decades in gestation. Although originally developed for different applications, the two technologies have converged to revolutionize lighting applications that provide more than just illumination.

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