16 May '11, 4pm

Marvell Says It Can Make Lower Cost LEDs Look Good: LEDs are one of the most expensive components in an LED bu...

Marvell Says It Can Make Lower Cost LEDs Look Good: LEDs are one of the most expensive components in an LED bu...

LEDs are one of the most expensive components in an LED bulb, accounting for 65 percent or more of the cost. Chipmaker Marvell says it can help. The company has come out with a controller, the elegantly named 88EM8801, that it says will allow bulb makers to incorporate "loosely binned, lower cost" LEDs in their bulb in order to cut costs. Generic LEDs cut the manufacturing cost and in the end consumers don't get sticker shock at Home Depot. The chip also combines different functions currently handled by an array of chips, further cutting costs. To help spur adoption, Marvell has even come out with a reference design for manufacturers to adopt. The reference design, based on LEDs from Cree, would effectively allow contract manufacturers to get into the lighting industry much easier. If the bulbs off of this reference design do in fact work well, it--and other reference desi...

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