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Lighting Facts

As of June, LED Lighting Facts, a voluntary pledge program sponsored by the U.S. Dept. of Energy, will only accept test reports from Testing Laboratory Partners on an Approved Testing Laboratories list. Taking the pledge lets manufacturers include the LED Lighting Facts label on product packaging or in product literature. The program was designed to give consumers confidence in the performance of the solid-state lighting products they purchase.

TÜV SÜD America, part of the global TÜV SÜD testing, inspection, and certification organization, can now supply manufacturers with the data they need to submit for the LED Lighting Facts program. TÜV SÜD is approved for LM-79: total flux and color (required label metrics; LM-79 sections 9 and 12), LM-79: intensity distribution (optional metrics; LM-79 section 10), and In-situ Temperature Measurement Test (ISTMT).

Agreement

International Rectifier, El Segundo, Callif., and Power-One, Camarillo, Calif., have entered into a nonexclusive Field of Use agreement for Power-One’s Digital Power Technology (DPT) patents. International Rectifier provides power-management technology, including analog and mixed signal ICs, advanced circuit devices, and integrated power systems and components. Power-One designs and manufactures energy-efficient power conversion and power-management electronics for renewable energy, routers, data storage and servers, wireless communications, optical networking, medical diagnostics, railway controls, semiconductor test equipment.

Testing and certification services

TÜV Rheinland PTL, Tempe, Ariz., a provider of solar and photovoltaic (PV) testing and system monitoring, is offering new, diverse testing and certification services to support investors and project-management organizations at all stages of planning and operating large-scale PV power plants.

Distribution agreement

Arrow Electronics Inc., Englewood, Colo., will distribute Microchip Technology Inc.’s complete line of 8, 16, and 32-bit PIC microcontrollers, analog and interface semiconductors, wireless products, memory devices, and related development tools. Nu Horizons Electronics, an Arrow company, will also distribute Microchip’s products.

Arrow Electronics is a provider of products, services, and solutions to industrial and commercial users of electronic components and enterprise computing solutions. Microchip Technology Inc., Chandler, Ariz.,provides microcontroller, analog and Flash-IP products.

Challenge winner

Ideal Power Converters (IPC), Austin, a developer of disruptive power-converter technologies, won the 2012 Defense Energy Technology Challenge with its new three-port photovoltaic (PV) and battery converter. Through the Challenge, the DOD was looking to find, drive, and deploy new innovative ways to increase the safety of its troops, lower energy costs, and reduce its reliance on foreign energy supplies. IPC’s converter will dramatically improve energy efficiency and system costs by combining distributed PV and battery-storage systems.

Platinum-efficiency certification

TDK-Lambda, San Diego, a group company of TDK Corp., says its Model HFE2500-48 2,500-W server power supply has been certified to the 80 PLUS platinum level for redundant, server, and data-center applications. TDK-Lambda provides power supplies for industrial equipment.

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