Emerging Technologies

LEDs Provide Dramatic Performance and Energy Savings for Lighting

LEDs Provide Dramatic Performance and Energy Savings for Lighting

Light emitting diodes (LEDs) look great. They have a long lifetime. They are environmentally benign. And if that weren’t enough, LEDs used for displays and illumination save serious amounts of energy compared to the incumbent technology they aim to replace.LEDs consume so much less energy that governments around the world are phasing out the use of incandescent bulbs. The implication of this is huge for energy savings. A new report released by the Department of Energy analyzed market segments where LEDs are competing or are poised to compete with traditional light sources (e.g., incandescent and fluorescent) for general illumination applications, outdoor lighting, and consumer electronic displays. The report findings include the following powerful statistics:
 Let there be light (energy-efficient light that is)!

Let there be light (energy-efficient light that is)!

Several recent newspaper articles called attention to California’s “ban” on inefficient incandescent bulbs. In reality, what took place on January 1, 2011 was the first stage of California’s early implementation of the federal Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007 (EISA), which requires incandescent lamps to be more energy efficient. The standards do not ban the manufacture of traditional incandescent lamps, but do require that they be replaced with more energy-efficient versions that produce as much light as the phased-out lamps.
LED Automation Software: Understanding the Process Through Data is an Important First Step

LED Automation Software: Understanding the Process Through Data is an Important First Step

Previously, I wrote about how LED manufacturers were striving to shorten the time between initiating the LED manufacturing process and measuring their performance in an effort to improve the product yields and possibly even boost LED performance.Certainly one of the keys to making this possible is having rapid access to manufacturing data. There are many ways to gather data for analysis by the process engineers.
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Is Automation Software Useful in LED Manufacturing?

In his blog, James Moyne talked about Applied Materials’ software footprint as it relates to crystalline silicon (c-Si) solar production. James highlighted a specific scenario where advanced process control plays an important role in addressing issues associated with solar cell printing. As this type of technology becomes widely adopted, the c-Si solar industry will collectively improve processes and drive the quality and conversion efficiency of the product to new highs.The LED manufacturing world has an interesting mix of semiconductor technology and c-Si manufacturing practices. This raises the question: can automation software be beneficial—and affordable—for LED production lines? The answer is YES, and I’ll begin to tell you why.
What is Electrochromic Smart Glass?

What is Electrochromic Smart Glass?

Essentially, Electrochromic smart glass (ESG) is high tech glass that can change its properties according to the salient needs of its environment. The glass can be clear, opaque, tinted or colored, has the capability to modulate heat and light transmission and can be used in a variety of applications.
New Collaboration for Energy Research

New Collaboration for Energy Research

I am pleased to share that Applied Materials has joined the Energy Research Initiative (ERI), a collaboration created by the Semiconductor Research Corporation (SRC) to promote research at leading universities for reliable, affordable, energy-efficient systems.The ERI is a program designed to create an industry-university partnership to support the development of improved photovoltaic devices, and enable an efficient and reliable smart grid electricity infrastructure with renewable energy resources.
Fresher Chips

Fresher Chips

It seems that even the most basic things in life are becoming more sophisticated, but this is not always a bad thing. Food packaging, which we often take for granted, today is a much more “engineered” product than most people imagine. After all, the name of the game is to preserve food freshness while simultaneously heightening our desire to buy that particular product from myriad other choices on the shelf.In some countries, such as Japan, consumers don’t want flowery packaging, but rather the ability to see the food itself, unhindered by printed text, color schemes or even the barrier films that protect it. Solution: clear barrier packaging that preserve freshness while enabling consumers to see directly through it.
Overcoming High Brightness LED Manufacturing Challenges

Overcoming High Brightness LED Manufacturing Challenges

On the 100th anniversary of Edison’s tungsten bulb, alternative lighting methods that use less energy and reduce pollution are gaining ground. Fluorescent (FL) or compact fluorescent (CFL) bulbs save energy but also have drawbacks such as unnatural color that may not be pleasing to the eye or in the case of CFL bulbs in particular, they may not fit in recessed lighting fixtures. And perhaps the most important issue, both FL and CFL bulbs contain mercury, requiring special handling for bulb disposal after use.On the horizon is a promising new technology, Light Emitting Diode (LED) devices that can provide a good replacement.
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Addressing the Ever Elusive Issue of Energy Storage

I woke up last night to the sound of various electronic devices in my house resetting themselves — after yet another brief power outage. I don’t live on the fringes of civilization — downtown San Francisco is only a short drive away — but I’ve heard from a long-time resident that our local substation is especially finicky and we’ve been having a spat of nasty storms lately, which doesn’t help the situation. Sounds like the perfect opportunity for energy storage.