Dramatic Improvements in Driving LED Arrays through Resonant Control of Power

Santa Clara Valley IEEE Power Electronics Society invites you to a talk

Co-Sponsored by Stanford and IEEE SCV PES/IAS Chapter


On March 9, 2016 for a presentation and discussion on:

Dramatic Improvements in Driving LED Arrays through Resonant Control of Power


Speaker: Dr. David Dreyfuss, Intervention Technology Pty Ltd


Location:  Stanford University

Packard 202

Packard Electrical Engineering (04-030)

350 Serra Mall Stanford


See important notes on parking below


When: Wednesday, March 9th, 2016: 4:30 pm to 5:30 pm


RSVP:  Registration required


Cost:  Registration through 03/07/2016:  No charge for IEEE members only


Driver failures may represent more than half of the failures of LED luminaires, especially for higher outputs.  Further, a single constant-current driver cannot regulate current throughout parallel columns of LEDs.   A solution to these problems is presented using contra-connected pairs of LEDs or “couplets” which can be efficiently driven with AC power.  Couplets can be further assembled into “reactive strings” where reactive elements (capacitors or inductors) are distributed throughout the string.  Reactive strings can be driven as part of resonant tank circuits where damping is provided by the LEDs and resonance regulated the power.  Near-lossless reactances control power both globally and locally.  Resonance provides a passive power control mechanism that requires no active components.  The distributed reactive elements allow power in each couplet to be independently regulated.

Arrays comprising LEDs and reactive elements can be called “Reactive Strings of Solid-state Lights” (RSSL).  Some characteristics of RSSL systems:

  • Reduced component count and 30% to 50% cost reduction
  • Order of magnitude lifetime and reliability improvement
  • High LED failure tolerance
  • Optimally efficient power transfer into luminaires
  • Powerful IoT functionality and very-high-bandwidth optical communications easily and cheaply implemented
  • Efficient dimming
  • Requires no binning and readily accommodates mixed LED types
  • Touch safe, easily meets EMC requirements, voltage-spike tolerant




Dr. David Dreyfuss is Scientific Advisor, Patent Counsel, and North American Evangelist for Intervention Technology PTY Ltd (Victoria NSW Australia).  He is also a registered U.S. patent agent with Moore Patents where he focuses on drafting and prosecuting patent applications for diverse clients.


David also has many years of experience as a senior entrepreneur and technologist with unusually broad-based multidisciplinary expertise in the physical sciences and engineering and experience in a broad range of settings and industries. Starting from degrees in Physics and Gas Dynamics from MIT, he went on to teach Mechanical Engineering at Rutgers, develop automated inspection systems at PA Technology and DuPont, and develop printers and printing systems at PA, AM Graphics, Lexmark, and The Salmon Group.


IEEE Power Electronics Society Chapter:  IEEE Members interested in the PELS chapter should meet after the talk.



You should allow at least 10 minutes to allow for parking on campus.  Parking is limited to the garages, or spaces designated “P” or “E” and is free after 4 PM.  Do not park in spaces designated “C” even after 4 PM.   Two nearby garages generally have ample parking that is free after 4 PM: Roth Way Garage and Via Ortega Garage



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