Picture this: You’re settling in for a romantic meal, uncorking the wine and dimming the lights. Instead of getting that warm mood lighting you expect, though, you get feverish flickering – more suited to a dance floor than an intimate evening.
Those energy-efficient LED lights proliferating on store shelves may fit into the regular sockets, but they don’t work like the old bulbs. There’s a computer chip inside each one regulating how it uses electricity, and some of those chips go haywire when the lights go down.
A Tualatin startup has a solution, a tiny computer chip that packs in technology to work with a variety of lighting systems, from dining rooms to big office arrays. Indice Semiconductor says it’s already shipped more than a million of its chips.