Canada to Update Energy Efficiency Standards

July 20th, 2016

Canada’s Department of Natural Resources announced that it is considering tightening energy efficiency requirements for nine existing product categories and initiating new standards for six others. To learn what products are under consideration and what the proposed changes entail, visit the Green Room.

TRIAC-Dimmable LYTSwitch-7 LED Driver ICs from Power Integrations Cut BOM Count by 40%

July 19th, 2016

Power Integrations today announced its LYTSwitch™-7 single-stage, non-isolated, TRIAC-dimmable, buck topology LED driver IC family. Capable of delivering up to 22 watts without a heatsink in a very small SO-8 footprint, these high-efficiency devices are suitable for bulbs, tubes and fixtures. LYTSwitch-7 designs do not require bleeders; employing simple, passive damping for TRIAC management and an off-the-shelf, single-winding inductor, reducing component count to just 20, as compared to approximately 35 parts for typical dimmable LED driver boards.

U.S. DOE Investigating Miscellaneous Electric Loads

July 5th, 2016
In this week's blog, Mr. Green takes a look at the U.S. Department of Energy's effort to reduce the expanding energy consumption of Miscellaneous Electric Loads (MELs). MELs are products connected to a building's electricity supply, excluding the building's core functions. To learn more about what the DOE is doing, visit the Green Room.

15 W CV/CC Isolated Flyback Design Using InnoSwitch-CE

June 29th, 2016

PI recently released a new design (DER-471) using InnoSwitch-CE, the latest of PI's InnoSwitch family of ICs. This 15 W design for adapter applications features all the benefits of secondary side control with the simplicity of primary side regulation.