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LED Nobel Prize Invention Leads to $17.7 billion Market and 250,000+ Jobs

Wednesday, October 8th, 2014

The 2014 Nobel Prize for physics awarded on Oct. 7 to three physicists for their invention of blue light-emitting diodes (LED) led to a significant breakthrough and paved the way for the creation of white light—a cleaner, more energy-efficient and longer-lasting source of illumination that also has generated a multibillion-dollar market and the creation of hundreds of thousands of jobs, according to IHS Technology (NYSE: IHS).

Following the invention of blue LEDs by Isamu Akasaki, Hiroshi Amano and Shuji Nakamura, white light could finally be achieved—either through a combination with previously invented red and green LEDs; or as more commonly seen today, by adding a yellow phosphor layer over the blue LED. Without blue diodes, white light could not be produced.

Since the trailblazing invention of blue LEDs in the early 1990s the LED component market has flourished, reaching an estimated $17.7 billion in 2013 and supporting more than 250,000 jobs in the industry, according to IHS figures. The overall market would be even bigger if it included all the LED downstream markets, such as lighting, displays, signage, consumer electronics and even Christmas lights.

William Rhodes, research manager for LEDs and lighting at IHS, said that the invention of Akasaki, Amano and Nakamura was a game-changer. “Before the invention of blue LEDs, the market was mainly focused on indicator lights in toys, industrial and automotive applications,” Rhodes observed. “Since then the market has evolved with more than 90 percent of all displays sold this year backlit by LEDs, and LEDs will account for 32 percent of all bulb revenues in 2014.”

The LED lighting market is poised for strong growth in the next five to 10 years with energy-hungry technologies being systematically banned across the world. In particular, consumers and business owners alike are increasingly looking for energy-efficient lighting for their homes and offices to replace energy hogs such as incandescent bulbs, which can use as much as six times the amount of electricity compared to LEDs.

All of this would not be possible without the ground-breaking work of this year’s Nobel Prize physics winners Akasaki, Amano and Nakamura, Rhodes said.

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EEMBC® Benchmark to Reveal the Truth Behind Microcontroller Ultra-Low Power Claims

Friday, March 7th, 2014

Industry Association Benchmark Standardizes Energy Measurements to Legitimize Manufacturer Assertions

The Embedded Microprocessor Benchmark Consortium (EEMBC) today announced the availability of the first version of EEMBC ULPBench™, a standardized, industry-developed and endorsed method to encourage microcontroller vendors to provide application developers with accurate, reliable information that allows them to equitably compare the efficiency of microcontrollers targeted at ultra-low power (ULP) applications. These extremely efficient controllers target operating battery life that must be measured in months, years, and even decades. ULP applications could include portable or implantable medical devices, security systems, building automation, smart metering, energy-harvesting devices, smart-dust environment monitoring, as well as a whole host of cool applications targeting the emerging Internet of Things (IoT).

ULPBench consolidates a series of tests that EEMBC will roll out over time, accounting for a broad range of microcontroller functions and power efficiency. The first version, ULPBench-CP (core profile), measures CPU core efficiency, as well as the microcontroller’s real-time clock and calendar function (RTCC), and power modes. Subsequent versions will focus on real-world applications utilizing integrated hardware and peripheral functions.

“We have created a benchmarking tool that, on its surface, is simple and very easy to use, yet features many levels of complexity to ensure very accurate, repeatable, and certifiable energy measurements,” said Stefan Schauer, chair of the EEMBC ULPBench working group and Application Verification & Validation Engineer at Texas Instruments (TI).

To measure CPU core efficiency, ULPBench-CP performs a variety of functions commonly found in ULP applications; among them are memory and math operations, sorting, and GPIO interaction. ULPBench-CP uses the RTCC to establish the device’s duty cycle to determine when to perform the functions and when to enter a low-power mode. In addition to the software functions, the ULPBench methodology includes the EEMBC EnergyMonitor™, an accurate tool for timing and measuring energy. On one side, the EnergyMonitor connects to the device under test (i.e. the microcontroller board), and on the other side to a PC through Universal Serial Bus (USB) and provides the user with an integrated Graphical User Interface (GUI) for convenient data capture and display.

“ULPBench is an enormously valuable tool to get to the truth of the manufacturer’s claims of power efficiency and ultra-long battery life,” said EEMBC president Markus Levy. “EEMBC’s primary goal is to develop fair and unbiased benchmarks for the embedded industry. In support of this goal, I’d like to thank Analog Devices, ARM, Atmel, Cypress, Freescale, Microchip, Renesas, Silicon Labs, Spansion, STMicroelectronics, and TI, for contributing countless hours to ULPBench’s implementation,” said Levy. “But our work is ongoing, and I encourage any other companies interested in contributing, including the system manufacturers, microcontroller vendors, and tool providers, to join us in this effort as we develop the subsequent phases of ULPBench.”

Early adopters may purchase the EEMBC ULPBench and EnergyMonitor tool for $75 USD. Contact EEMBC directly for more information.


About EEMBC

Since 1997, EEMBC, the Embedded Microprocessor Benchmark Consortium, has developed industry-standard benchmarks to test embedded processors and systems such as smart phones and network firewall appliances. EEMBC’s benchmark development work is supported by yearly member dues and license fees. EEMBC benchmarks help predict the performance and energy consumption of embedded processors and systems in a range of applications (i.e. automotive/industrial, digital imaging and entertainment, networking, office automation, telecommunications, and connected devices) and disciplines (processor core functionality, floating-point, Java, multicore, and energy consumption). The consortium’s popular CoreMark benchmark is used today by more than 10,000 people worldwide.

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World Relays Market Fell in 2012 but Expected to Recover this Year

Tuesday, June 11th, 2013

After two years of double-digit growth, the world market for electro-mechanical and solid-state relays contracted by $125 million, or 3.6 percent, to approximately $3.35 billion in 2012, according to a new report from IMS Research, now part of IHS Inc. (NYSE: IHS).

This represents the first decline since 2009, when well over a quarter of market revenues were lost. However, the drop in 2012 was far smaller in both magnitude and duration than in 2009. Growth is expected to return to all regional markets in 2013, which will result in global revenues increasing by 5.2 percent to reach $3.54 billion.

The report—measuring automotive, industrial (socket mount), solid-state and PCB mount relay designs—found that the markets for these products retreated in all major regions in 2012. The Europe-Middle East-Africa (EMEA) territory showed the largest decline, down 6.2 percent, which far exceeded the 2.9 percent fall experienced in the Americas. But the largest reversal occurred in Asia-Pacific, where very high growth of more than 24 percent in 2011 was succeeded by a 2 percent loss overall in 2012.

“Asian-based relay manufacturers were reporting domestic sales growth of more than 40 percent in Asia during 2011, which was far higher than in recent years,” said Robert Carter, switchgear analyst at IHS. “However, as industry levels cooled in 2012, particularly in China, demand fell so that this unprecedented growth was then followed by a decrease of up to 15 percent for these same companies.”

Even so, the market downturn won’t last long.

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“Growth is expected to return in every regional market in 2013,” Carter said. “After this point, stabilized annual growth of around 2 to 3 percent in both EMEA and the Americas, along with a modest 6 to 8 percent expansion in Asia-Pacific, is expected to cause the market for relays to reach almost $4.5 billion by 2017.”

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