Lumileds Lighting, a worldwide leader in light engine technology, has recently developed and designed a lighting led which is equipped with robust materials and packaging which allows it to be protected from harsh environments, such as Sulphur and chlorine, and is capable of maintaining output at 105 degrees Celsius for 100,000 hours. This lighting led, called the Luxeon HR30, was specifically engineered and tested with intentions for using it in the most demanding conditions and environments. Potential applications of the Luxeon HR30 include swimming pool buildings, power generation facilities, and chemical plants.

The Luxeon HR30 uses the best materials in the industry to provide for an upgraded packaging, making it the only product in its class which can offer long lifetime and robustness in chemical vapor and high temperature environments. The Luxeon HR30 is an effective solution for a large range of harsh and extreme indoor applications, such as natatoriums, as it offers leading performance and exceptional reliability. Its chemical resistance is partially due to Luxeon HR30’s gold-plated lead-frame package with high reflectance SMC housing, which has been tested for proven resistance to chemical environments after 21 days to IEC68-2-43 (15 ppm): DLOP < 10%, Du’v’ < 0.006.

Engineering for chemical resistance is all about selecting the best materials and then testing those materials under harsh conditions.

said Matthew Everett, the director of mid-power product.

We have leveraged our expertise in materials science and lumen maintenance to produce the industry’s most robust mid power LED.

70CRI and 4000K output is 125 Im at 134 Im/W driven at 150mA. At 70CRI, options include 5,700, 5,000, and 4,000K. At 80CRI, options include 5,700, 4,000, 3,000, and 2,700K. The Luxeon HR30’s 1/5th micro-color binning allows for tight color control. The targeted lifetime of the Luxeon HR30 is in excess of 100,000 hours at 150mA, Ts=105 degrees Celsius.

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On April 5th The husband and wife team of Marvell Technology Group founder and Chief Executive Officer Sehat Sutardja along with President Weili Dai announced they will be stepping down from both of their respective management posts. Although Sehat Sutardja and Weili Dai have both resigned from their active management posts they will still remain on the Board of Directors with Sehat Sutardja continuing to hold his position as chairman.

Subsequently, the Board will spearhead and conduct a search for a new CEO and president in conjunction with a leading executive search firm, the company announced in a press release. The dismissal of Sehat and his wife Weili came on the heels of a Marvell board audit committee which issued management edicts that identified “tone at the top” problems. Marvell’s sales and finance personnel have recently failed to meet revenue targets and the edicts have put undue pressure on everyone involved to produce.

Financial analysts though have openly applauded Marvell’s change in management which leads most to believe that this change will actually improve Marvell’s financial performance and/or will lead to the eventual sale of the company. Sehat and his wife’s forced resignation is nothing new as they follow suit in a long line of technology oriented company founders that have been deposed by CEOs that are more financially-tuned and the writing is on the wall for the dismantling of the company according to the Wall Street Journal.

In fact, since the deposing of Sehat and his wife, Marvell’s stock price has jumped 13% no doubt in response to the new turn of events. Over 20 years ago, Sehat and his wife started their company in the hard disk drive (HDD) market. They were the first to introduce digital read channels (Serial data stream decoders) utilizing high-speed sampling and DSP filtering in order to increase disk drive data densities.

To this day Marvell remains the market leader in disk drive controllers even ahead of rival Avago. Despite the proliferation of solid state drivers, Marvell reported no downsizing of their disk drive business and is reporting the increasing penetration of the China cell phone market with its baseband controllers. Though the old vanguard of leadership has been lead quietly into the night, it looks as though Marvell’s future is still very bright indeed.

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Sensors are so widely used in today’s society that one would be hard-pressed to not be around some sort of Micro-electromechanical sensor in our everyday endeavors. From mobile phones, tablets, and medical devices to games, your alarm system, even your car! The list of sensors impacting our daily lives is endless.

In fact, the application for these MEMS are only bound by our own imagination. From your home to the office, sensors on your phone, your house alarm, the automatic light that turns on in your office room, constantly monitor your every movement. Your doctor has a monitoring device to assess the rhythm of your irregular heartbeat, your car has sensors to alert you when you drift from your lane or when you’re about to hit something backing up.

MEMS is essentially a mechanical extension of the physical senses you were bestowed at birth. A new startup has announced some riveting news about how they are using a gyroscope to effectively reduce hand tremors in patients due to affliction from Parkinson’s disease. Patients are fitted with a glove embedded with the gyroscope which will monitor the shaking and a motor counterbalances the motion.

Although, it is still in its testing phase, the ability to have steady hands will allow for patients to assume some semblance of a normal life. ST-Microelectronics is one such company that is at the forefront of this sensor revolution. With more than 10 billion MEMS shipped all the while maintaining one of the industry’s most comprehensive and extensive MEMS portfolio which include gyroscope, accelerometer, MEMS microphone, magnetometer, and UV/pressure/temperature/humidity sensors.

ST-Microelectronics designed their product line to guarantee optimal performance even in the most challenging of environmental conditions. This is due to ST-Microelectronics’s patented “Golden Flow” specifications for manufacturing which equips each sensor with uniquely and precisely factor regulated calibrations. This ensures that the sensors are highly stable under almost all conditions and in will in almost 99% of cases eliminate the need for re-calibration at the time of consumer use. Ultimately this robust and extensive quality control allows ST-Microelectronics  to guarantee the highest level of performance, reliability, accuracy and safety all the while reducing the cost of ownership for the consumer’s final application. Talk about the total package!

Here at ASAP Semiconductor, we have a dedicated and expansive array of ST Microelectronics products. If you are interested in a quote, please don’t hesitate to contact our friendly sales staff at call us at toll free at 1-714-705-4780.

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EM Microelectronics has staked the claim of having manufactured a chip that starts on 300mV and operates on only 100mV making it the lowest figures in terms of voltage for solar harvester chips. The Swiss chip company is owned by Swatch and has a long storied background in being a power player for ultra-low power electronics. The EM8500 energy harvester chip work can work form TEGs as well as photo-voltaic cells, and on-chips are two peak power tracking algorithms  with one for solar cells and one for TEGs.

The two modes are set by programming the built-in eeprom and comes with two control bus options which are SPI or L2C. Recently exhibited at the Wearable Technology Show in London, the EM8500 retains its edge on competitors by boasting a low quiescent current. The firm’s sales manager Jean-Noel Divoux was as usual tight-lipped and would not reveal to Electronics Weekly if the EM8500 chip utilizes EM Microelectronics’ patented sub-threshold technology.

For as great as the EM8500 is however it will not start up on 20mV while Linear Tech’s LTC3107 can which gives it the edge when it comes to working from small thermo-electric generators or TEGs. However an edge that EM does hold over Linear Tech is having two capacitive storage elements, a large and small one, which means that should the operating voltage reach max capacity, the input power is initially channeled to the small capacitor.

One when that capacitor is charged fully the input power is then funneled into the larger capacitor which can also be a super-cap or rechargeable battery. The 125nA with the dc-dc converter running produces the Quiescent current of 15nA in the lower power mode. At the Wearable Technology Show in London earlier this week, the focus was on ultra-low power processing and ultra-low power sensing chips. More and more original equipment manufacturers are moving towards technology that are ultra-efficient and minimalist in terms of operating cost all the while offering more and more features and power output. The applications for these chips can range from leisure, well-being, medical, automation, and smart textiles. Alongside the chips were also plenty virtual reality headsets.

Here at ASAP Semiconductor, we have a dedicated and expansive array of low power microchips and microprocessor Parts. If you are interested in a quote, please don’t hesitate to contact our friendly sales staff at call us at toll free at 1-714-705-4780.

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Aircraft Design Alleviate Jet Lag
When in an aircraft flying for long flights, many people experience jet lag after they touchdown in their final destination. Qatar Airways claims that they developed new designs in its plane models to reduce jet lag from lengthy flights. This will relieve one of the many headaches of flying like luggage, delays, and turbulence. After investing over $15 Billion of research and 2,600 hours of continual testing, Qatar Airways has created an outstanding new technology with their commercial flights that reduces jet lag. This new technology will be used commercially very soon with all of Qatar Airways standard flights. Qatar Airways has coined the first jet lag reduced plane, the A350 XWB. This plane is said to be “equipped with LED lights that automatically adjust to flyers’ circadian rhythms and the warmth and glow of the sun”. Chief Engineer at Airbus, Alain De Zotti states that
The aircraft also automatically filters the air every few minus, provides more space and offers a smoother ride.
The first flight of this astonishing technology was from Qatar to New York, which took place last week. Also, it plans to fly to and from hubs in Europe and Asia.

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AAR Aircraft Component Services was awarded for the tenth time in a row the honored FAA AMT Diamond Award of Excellence. This award highlights the aviation maintenance technician training program that is used by AAR.

Companies that have highly effective training programs are recognized by the FAA AMT each year. These programs aim to improve quality, reliability, safety improvement and knowledge throughout each established company. AAR has been dominating the competition within these regards with their North American Component repair shop. They are certainly investing in their workers and training program.

The technicians that AAR has developed are “amongst the most skilled, trained and talented in the aviation industry”. Ken Hein, AAR Supply Chain Senior Vice President states that,

they develop innovative processes to support the operation that exceeds customer’s expectation for safety.

The Diamond Award of Excellence requires that 100% of eligible technicians must pass and complete a rigorous and specialized training that in continuous according to FAA rules and regulations that change yearly. Individual technician awards are given out to all techs that complete at least 12 hours of training during the year.

This is a great accomplishment for AAR. Will AAR continue their standard of excellence next year, or will another company try to compete for the prized Diamond Award of Excellence? Only time will tell, but AAR has set the bar for any type aviation maintenance technician training.

ASAP Semiconductor is a leading supplier of Aerospace Industry Parts and has the resources to supply an array of Boeing aircraft products. If you are interested in a quote, please contact our friendly sales staff at call us toll free at 1-714-705-4780.

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The Iranians have invited the Boeing manufacture to negotiate a purchase contract on airplanes. The last time the US delivered any jets to the Islamic Republic was reported in 1970. The minister of the Iranian people has invited the company to a meeting regarding the negotiations on the airplanes to his region. So just last month the United States has approved and gave permission to the Boeing Company to do commercial discussions with Iran and giving them a license to do so.

The Iranians are very interested in buying Boeing 737 and are looking to purchase about 118 planes in total. The Iranians current aircraft date back to about 20 years of age and have not let the country leverage its geographical location for a few decades now which has some of the oldest global fleets. So, the country’s current goal is to upgrade their aviation and buy up to 500 passenger planes within the next 10 years to better their marketing fleet.

ASAP Semiconductor is a leading supplier of Aerospace Industry Parts and has the resources to supply an array of Boeing aircraft products. If you are interested in a quote, please contact our friendly sales staff at call us toll free at 1-714-705-4780.

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On Friday March 04 2016, Airbus announced that the first U.S. built A321NEO will be coming from its Mobile, Alabama plant. Figures show that the Airbus A321neo is out selling Boeings 737 Max 9.  Out of 1,269 planes that were ordered by airlines, Boeing’s 737 Max 9 has won only 17 percent of the orders.

Airbus paves the way for the growth in the U.S market commercial aircraft with its Alabama plant. The future looks very well for Airbus, especially outside of the commercial airline industries. They are set to compete in the U.S. military industries, such as the Air Force tanker contract.

Boeing historically, dominated in larger U.S based carriers and Military contracts. Airbus is slowly creeping up from behind to target these markets. Even with Boeing’s exclusivity with Southwest and Alaskan airlines, Jet Blue’s decided to fleet consists of 156 Airbus jets out of the 216 planes in the commercial airline industry.

Airbus has position itself for higher visibility with their new business with Jet Blue. The A320neo will be receiving a lot exposure with services out of Seattle – Tacoma International Airport to Los Angeles later this month with Spirit Airlines. This will be one of the first U.S. made carriers out of the Alabama plant. It also helps that Spirit’s carriers are painted bright yellow.

ASAP Semiconductor is a leading supplier of Aerospace Industry Parts and has the resources to supply an array of aircraft products. If you are interested in a quote, please contact our friendly sales staff at call us toll free at 1-714-705-4780.

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Boeing has created a way to kill close to 100% of germs in its carrier’s lavatories. Ultraviolet light will be used to disinfect all surfaces in the airplane’s bathroom.  This will help prevent the spread of infectious diseases between passengers between international flights.

These ultraviolet lights are non-harming to the human body, unlike the ones you find in tanning beds. The ultraviolet lights will only be in use when the lavatories are not occupied. Also, they will only touch the toilet seat, sink and counter-top surfaces.  On April 5th at the Aircraft Interiors Expo in Hamburg, Germany, Boeing will be announced as a finalist for a Crystal Cabin Award.

George Hamiln, an aviation consultant believes these methods would help decrease airlines’ maintenance bills.  He feels that if the costs of this cleaning process are inexpensive, then he sees it spreading with other carriers as well. Airbus Group has been working on a similar self-cleaning concept of its own.

Airbus Group is going a different route for the control of germs in lavatories. They are developing touch-less bathroom technologies and anti-bacterial surfaces.  Vice president of marketing, Ingo Wuggetzer states,

the ambiance and overall freshness will be noticeably enhanced.  Airbus is set to significantly raise the bar on the passenger’s experiences.

Both Boeing and Airbus upgrades and lavatory advances have a great potential outside of the airplane bathrooms. Maintenance on adjoining lavatory components often occur due to corrosion.  These can be used throughout the airplane to help save money on repairs.

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US unveils concept of B-21 futuristic warplane

According to, the US Air Force released an image of the newest stealth bomber on February 26, 2016 known as the B-21 (which is considered the very first American bomb of the 21st century).

The B-21 was known as the Long Range Strike Bomber or LRS-B before the concept of the plane was release. This was addressed by the Air Force Association’s Air Warfare Symposium by Air Force Secretary Deborah Lee James in Florida.

James talk about the importance of this aircraft.

“This aircraft represents the future for our airmen, and [their] voice is important to this process.”

James goes on and mentions that the final name of the aircraft will be announced sometime this fall 2016 at the conference.

Northrop Grumman is in charge of the B-21. There has been no evidence that a prototype is available for this advanced fighter jet however the concept that is seen is just a rendering at this current time.

Aside from the B-21, the country’s newest bomber is the B-2 which is in fact not so new as it is considered 25 years old. During the 1980’s, the US military was still flying B-1s and B-52s in the 1950 respectively.

James also talks a little bit about the requirements of the B-21. She mentions that the new plane is designed

“based on a set of requirements that allows the use of existing and mature technology.”

At this current time, the aircraft’s capability will be tested sometime during the mid-2020s.

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