1. houshinto#IM's Avatar
    Found another interesting tech article.

    This ones about a recent advancement in LED's. While this has more relevence for larger LED applications, I'm sure the benefits and options sure will eventually trickle down to our beloved smartphones.

    Now one of the world's largest LED makers, Osram Opto Semiconductors, says it has perfected a technique that could significantly cut the production cost of LEDs.

    The company says its silicon-based white LEDs produce 127 lumens for each watt of power, with a power efficiency of 58 percent, comparable to state-of-the-art commercial LEDs grown on sapphire.

    Last month, California startup Bridgelux announced that it has teamed up with Toshiba to make LEDs on silicon.

    Osram has not said how much cheaper its new LEDs will be, but Bridgelux and Plessey both claim that the silicon approach could cut LED production costs by 75 percent or more. Bridgelux also predicts that its process could bring the cost of a 75-watt equivalent LED lightbulb, which now costs $40, down to under $5.

    Read the full article here.

    Cheaper LED Lightbulbs Are on the Way - Technology Review
    Superfly_FR and Stewartj1 like this.
    06-11-12 11:30 AM
  2. pkcable's Avatar
    This is what we call News & Rumors.
    06-11-12 11:48 AM
  3. jegs2's Avatar
    OLED technology may become cheap enough to use on things like magazines and wall ads.
    06-11-12 12:29 PM
  4. houshinto#IM's Avatar
    This is what we call News & Rumors.
    My apologies!

    Thank you for the correction!
    06-11-12 12:31 PM
  5. Pete6's Avatar
    I want a 75W LED in my Blackberry. I want it NOW!
    06-11-12 12:32 PM
  6. louzer's Avatar
    Technology advances seem to be happening geometrically the past few years. It's amazing the degree of changes happening in shorter periods of time. Given the rate at which Android phones are released and that the coveted Nexus is eclipsed by the HTC 1x and new Samsung S3 in a matter of months, I don't mind the wait until October for BB10 quite as much.
    06-11-12 01:18 PM
  7. PineappleUnderTheSea's Avatar
    I want a 75W LED in my Blackberry. I want it NOW!
    The only thing stopping that is the fact that LEDs do give off heat at their junction, and I don't think there's nearly enough metal to dissipate all the heat that would be produced.

    If you see 75W equivalent LED downlights at Home Depot, they have huge metal heat sinks! Now a BB with a huge metal heat sink would certainly draw some attention!
    06-11-12 04:53 PM
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