• Sep 3, 2014

    LED Lamp Electronics: Past, Present & Future

    For the last hundred years, the incandescent light bulb has been part of our daily lives. We don’t think much about it. Flip a switch and dark becomes light. Today this humble invention is facing obsolescence due to global government regulations mandating increased energy efficiency for lighting. In an incandescent lamp, less than 10 percent of the input power is actually converted to visible light. The rest is...
    • Apr 11, 2013

    Texas Instruments brings WEBENCH® speed training to DESIGN West!

    Jeff Perry, who first helped develop and now manages the popular WEBENCH® design tool, is leading a Speed Training session at Design West in San Jose the week of April 22nd. Get a quick basic training and then compete to create a power supply in minutes with the "best efficiency," "smallest footprint," or "lowest cost." Play the game – with WEBENCH and Jeff at TI's Booth...
    • Feb 5, 2013

    LED Bulb Teardown Unveils TI's LM3444

    Check out a recent teardown article in LEDs Magazine , “What's inside the 3M/Walmart 60W LED replacement bulb?” . In it, Margery Connor unveils TI’s LM3444 LED driver inside the U.S.-made, dimmable LED bulb. 3M selected TI’s LM3444 LED driver for its superior power conversion efficiency. Available for $25 at Walmart, the bulb is flicker-free and virtually noise-free. I’m picking one up...