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Power Integrations Reports Record Revenues and Net Income

Power Integrations today announced financial results for the quarter ending on June 30, 2010. Net revenues for the quarter were $79.9 million, up 12 percent compared with the prior quarter and 62 percent compared with the second quarter of 2009. Commented CEO Balu Balakrishnan, "Our second-quarter results were strong across the board, with record revenues, significant margin expansion and strong cash flow.

ENERGY STAR External Power Supply Program Ending

In his latest blog, Mr. Green reports that the US Environmental Protection Agency has announced their plan to discontinue their ENERGY STAR program for single output EPSs, effective December 31, 2010. 

Read more about it in his entry titled An Influential Efficiency Spec Rides Off Into the Sunset.

Court Finds Fairchild Semiconductor Willfully Infringed PI Patents

Today a federal district court ruled that Fairchild Semiconductor willfully infringed four of Power Integrations' patents.  In its ruling, the U.S. District Court for the District of Delaware found that Power Integrations presented "overwhelming evidence" of willful infringement, and that Fairchild "engaged in the blatant copying of Power Integrations' patented features."

FTC Unveils New Label for Light Bulbs

This summer the The U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced that, beginning in 2011, they will be requiring a new Lighting Facts Label for bulbs sold in the U.S. There is also a similar label currently being used by the Department of Energy (DoE). To learn more about these two labels and what they mean, visit the Green Room and read Mr. Green's latest blog.

Mr. Green Discusses the "Big Picture" for the Smart Grid

The smart grid is not just one thing, but rather a number of elements working in concert. This week's Mr. Green blog takes into account the overall picture for making the smart grid work.

Read more in the Green Room.

LinkSwitch-PH Featured in New Reference Design Kit for TRIAC Dimmable LED Driver

Reference design kit 194 (RDK-194), using LinkSwitch™-PH for a high power-factor TRIAC dimmable LED driver, is now available. The LED driver is designed to drive a nominal LED string voltage of 28 V at 0.5 A from an input voltage range of 90 VAC to 265 VAC.

Other features include:

Tier 2 of ENERGY STAR's AV Spec Goes into Effect

Tier 2 of ENERGY STAR's Audio/Visual Spec (v 2.0) will be going into effect next month . Tier 2 places stricter requirements on consumer products. To read the details, go to the Green Room.

Power Integrations Names Sandeep Nayyar Chief Financial Officer

Power Integrations announced that Sandeep Nayyar has been appointed vice president and chief financial officer, effective today. Mr. Nayyar comes to Power Integrations with more than 20 years of corporate financial-management and public-accounting experience. Most recently, he served as vice president of finance and a member of the senior executive team at Applied Biosystems, Inc. (ABI), a developer and manufacturer of life-sciences products with more than $2 billion in annual revenues.

New Reference Design Kit for a High Efficiency, High Power Factor, TRIAC Dimmable LED Driver

A newly released reference design kit for LinkSwitch-PH® (RDK-193) describes a high power-factor corrected dimmable LED driver designed to drive 21 V at 0.33 A from an input voltage range of 90 VAC to 265 VAC. The LED driver
utilizes the LNK403EG from Power Integrations.

Other features include:

Mr. Green Summarizes EuP Ecodesign Directive News

In this week's blog Mr. Green reports on developments in the European Commission's EuP Ecodesign Directive, highlighting which Lots have been seeing recent activity.

To get the latest on the EuP Ecodesign Directive, visit the Green Room.