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The Promising Future of LED Lighting

LEDs hold promise in the world’s race to produce more energy-efficient lighting. LEDs use less energy, last longer, and allow more control of color and direction of light. It is indeed a major technological advance over both incandescent and fluorescent lighting. In 2010, lighting consumed an estimated 19% of U.S. electricity. LEDs for lighting could reduce that electricity consumption manifold by 2030.Moreover, LEDs could...

Counterfeit Electronic components represent $169 B...

According to the recent data provided by IHS market research firm, the five most prevalent types of counterfeit semiconductors are: microprocessors, programmable logic devices, memory ICs, transistors and analog ICs. All these semiconductors are mostly used in military and commercial applications and in 2011, they accounted for more than two-thirds of all counterfeited incidents in the global electronics supply chain....

The hurdles to ban conflict minerals from the elec...

It is always difficult to establish a compliance standard for any new regulatory initiative. For instance, it was hard for the EU to establish a baseline for exempt products in its ROHs (restriction-of-hazardous-substances) directive. The same hurdles are being faced by the movement to ban conflict minerals from the electronics products particularly in areas involved in human rights violation. Regions like Congo that ignore...

Restriction of Hazardous Substances (RoHS) Directi...

The restriction of hazardous substances (RoHS) directive was implemented by the European Union (EU) on 1 July 2006. As a result of this new legislation, any company found selling electronic or electrical equipment (EEE) which contains a level of hazardous substances could face a court appearance or a certain level of legal enforcement. The EU’s 2006 RoHS directive banned the use of six substances — lead (Pb), mercury...