Indice Semiconductor's long-awaited, next generation "G3" suite of highly efficient, ultra-compatible MR16 LED Driver ICs is here. Having already shipped more than a million LED chips, Indice has built on this success and deep understanding of the LED lighting industry to develop this new and improved range of MR16 LED Driver ICs. Packages have been developed for different budgets and different technical requirements, but all ICs include Indice's signature Active Temperature Management with an adjustable temperature set point. Also typical of Indice Semiconductor technology is the high power density of the "G3" MR16 LED Driver IC, which enables manufacturers to develop more powerful and efficient LED lamps with compact mechanical housing. Each package also benefits from a low part count and industry-leading compatibility with transformer infrastructure. Some packages also feature flicker-free, deep dimming (from 100% - 0% light). IN0312 features inductor-less current regulation (ICR), which enables smooth dimming even on normally difficult transformer and dimmer combinations. The "G3" ICs are ideally suited to MR16, AR111, low voltage outdoor, marine and automotive LED lighting applications. Indice MR16 LED Driver IC Comparison Overview Chart IN0306 (QFN20) IN0310 (QFN20) IN0312 (QFN20) Target Power Up to 10W Up to 20W Up to 20W LED Voltage Range 18V-45V 18V-45V 15V-40V Dimming No Yes - 100 - 0% light Yes - flicker-free dimming with ICR ICR No No Yes Topology Boost Boost Boost Driver Efficiency Up to 85% (depending on transformer) Up to 85% (depending on transformer) Up to 75% (depending on transformer) More about IN0306 More about IN0310 More about IN0312 Indice Semiconductor also offers its customers a selection of MR16 reference designs, which can be implemented immediately or customized to suit existing designs. Download the product brief for each MR16 LED driver IC and other Indice Semiconductor products on the Downloads page.
While Professor Stephen Hawking has voiced his concerns about artificial intelligence could "could spell end of the human race","weak AI", which is employed for problem solving and doesn't exhibit cognitive abilities, has some very interesting applications in the wearables and Internet of Things (IoT) markets. A number of medical IoT developments are employing AI with some success. Lumiata for example is able to generate a clinical model of a patient using data from 160 million points including textbooks, journal articles, and public data sets, as well as the patient-specific data. Google X Nanoparticles can be released into the bloodstream to detect and diagnose diseases, cancers, impending heart attacks or strokes. The medical diagnosis platform Entopsis uses its Nanoscale Unbiased TExtured Capture (NUTeC) process to capture molecules and applies machine learning algorithms to analyze them. The Vitality GlowCap not only blinks and sounds when it's time to take medication, but actively tries to change patient behavior to improve medication adherence. Aside from being used for medical purposes, AI within wearables can also assist in other areas, such as farming. ENORASIS combines weather and sensor data, crop yield and energy costs, to help farmers make irrigation decisions to increase yields and guard against losses. SCRI-MINDS also combines data from environmental modelling and sensors to provide irrigation advice, specifically for nurseries and greenhouses. Machine learning algorithms help determine what crops to plant in future farming cycles. Read the full story at Wired here. Unlike the strong AI referenced in science fiction, today's artificial intelligence has applications in a diverse range of areas - and who knows what future innovations will benefit from machine learning algorithms.
In a recent interview with the BBC, Professor Stephen Hawking told about developments in artificial intelligence which enabled substantial improvements to his new communication system. "It was the next word predictions I wanted most changed," Prof Hawking said. "It can offer a list of predictions based on an analysis of the English language and my previous usage." The theoretical physicist, who has the motor neurone disease amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), uses a system developed by Intel, which learns how Prof Hawking thinks, offering suggestions for words to use next. When asked why he didn't change his voice to a more natural, British voice, he said, "it has become my trademark". Prof Hawking believes "the primitive forms of artificial intelligence we already have, have proved very useful." However machine learning is not without its dangers, he warns. "I think the development of full artificial intelligence could spell the end of the human race," said Prof Hawking. "Once humans develop artificial intelligence, it would take off on its own and redesign itself at an ever increasing rate. Humans, who are limited by slow biological evolution, couldn't compete, and would be superseded." Read the full story, including some more positive outlooks on our future with AI, at the BBC.
Our latest Dimmable MR16 Ultra Small LED Driver is smaller than ever - only 21.1mm long in fact! To achieve this size, we haven't compromised on any of features Indice customers know and love: this reference design features standard dimming, active temperature management and 85% efficiency. With a target power of up to 7W, this new class of ultra compact driver offers amazing performance in space constrained applications, enabling implementation into a greater range of LED lighting products. The Dimmable MR16 Ultra Small Driver fits into the stem of the lamp, so manufacturers are able to make an LED light which truly meets the halogen lamp compact ANSI form factor. To find out more about this reference design or to discuss how the Indice MR16 LED Driver IC might be integrated into your product design, contact us or our global distributor Future Electronics today. Our other reference designs include larger round driver boards, rectangular and square boards, as well as a reference design for a high power AR111 lamp. These reference designs can be used in conjunction with a variety of LEDs, including CREE, Citizen, Bridgelux and Lumiled, to name but a few. Indice reference designs assist lighting manufacturers to get their product to market faster, providing them not only with proven designs, but also whitepapers, gerber files and datasheets for easy integration of the Indice MR16 LED Driver IC into their product suite. View the specs for this and our other MR16 LED Driver reference designs here. Looking for Mains LED Driver reference designs? We have solutions for PAR38 lamps, undercabinet lighting and more here.