2015-06-24

Exagan Raises EUR 5.7 M to Produce GaN-on-Silicon Power-switching Devices on 200mm Wafers

Exagan, a start-up innovator of gallium-nitride (GaN) semiconductor technology that enables smaller and more efficient electrical converters,announced it has raised €5.7 million (US $6.38 million) in first-round financing that will be used to produce high-speed power switching devices on 200mm wafers.
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2015-06-23

GaN Transistor Manufacturer Transphorm Receives US$70 M Investment Led by KKR

Transphorm, an early stage semiconductor company focused on redefining power conversion, today announced a US $70 million investment round led by global investment firm KKR. KKR’s investment follows initial rounds of funding led by funds affiliated with Kleiner Perkins Caufield and Byers, Foundation Capital, Google Ventures, Soros Quantum Strategic Partners, INCJ, Fujitsu, Transphorm will use this funding to support its growth, product innovation and expansion.
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2015-06-18

Lumileds Experiences Significant Growth in Automotive Lighting Sector

Adoption of LED automotive lights has grown over recent years, but traditional halogen and Xenon HID lights still dominate the headlight market, said the company CEO Pierre-Yves Lesaicherre during an exclusive interview with LEDinside at Guangzhou International Lighting Exhibition (GILE), China from June 9-12, 2015.
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2015-06-18

Epistar Deploys Global LED Filament Patent Strategy

Top Taiwanese LED chip manufacturer Epistar has been aggressive in its patent strategies, and has acquired key LED filament bulb patents to build up its core advantages, reported Liberty Times recently.
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2015-06-18

Osram Supervisory Board Approves Lamp Business Spin-off

Osram is making further progress regarding its realignment. In an extraordinary meeting, the supervisory board of OSRAM Licht AG approved the carve-out of the general lighting lamps business. As an independent entity, the business will be able to operate more freely on the market and realize strategic options, such as partnerships, more easily. Jes Munk Hansen, until now CEO of the Americas region, will lead the lamps business in the future. "Today's supervisory board decision lays the foundation for our strategic orientation toward growth, innovation and technology leadership," said Olaf Berlien, Chief Executive Officer of OSRAM Licht AG.
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2015-06-16

NEMA Lighting Systems Division Publishes Position Paper on Flicker and Stroboscopic Effects

The National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA) Lighting Systems Division published Temporal Light Artifacts (Flicker and Stroboscopic Effects), a position paper on temporal light artifacts (TLAs) that addresses what is commonly referred to as flicker and stroboscopic effects.
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2015-06-16

Litecool Opens New LED Packaging Lab

Litecool (http://www.litecool.co.uk), has opened a new clean room facility to research, develop, prototype and test new LED packaging technologies. The laboratory includes all the equipment needed to mount bare LEDs into packages, COBs and arrays. This will speed up time to market for new packaging technologies from Litecool.
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2015-06-15

LEDs Included in NEMA’s Latest Luminaire Efficacy Ratings for Different Lighting Sectors

The National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA) published LE 6-2014 Procedure for Determining Target Efficacy Ratings for Commercial, Industrial, and Residential Luminaires. It was updated to explicitly include LED (light-emitting diode) technology and is of particular interest to recessed luminaire manufacturers, fluorescent lamp manufacturers, and HID (high intensity discharge) manufacturers.
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2015-06-15

Horticultural Lighting Industry Veterans Join Illumitex

Illumitex, announced the addition of Paul Hardej and Mathieu van de Sande to its team of horticulture lighting experts.
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2015-06-12

LRC Study Shows Uniform Lighting in Parking Lots Provides Better Sense of Security

A newly published study from the Lighting Research Center (LRC) at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute shows that improving the uniformity of lighting in parking lots can increase the sense of safety and security, as well as provide up to an additional 75% energy savings by lowering total light levels.
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2015-06-12

Levitating LED Bulb Flyte

A floating LED light bulb has made possible by a Swedish designer Simon Morris by using magnetic designs.
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2015-06-11

New Boron Compounds for OLEDs

Major advances in the field of organic electronics are currently revolutionising previously silicon-dominated semiconductor technology. Customised organic molecules enable the production of lightweight, mechanically flexible electronic components that are perfectly adapted to individual applications. Chemists at the Goethe University have now developed a new class of organic luminescent materials through the targeted introduction of boron atoms into the molecular structures. The compounds described in the professional journal "Angewandte Chemie" (Applied Chemistry) feature an intensive blue fluorescence and are therefore of interest for use in OLEDs.
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2015-06-11

LRC Program ASSIST Proposes New Method for Evaluating Flicker

The Alliance for Solid-State Illumination Systems and Technologies (ASSIST), a program of the Lighting Research Center (LRC) at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, has released a publication that proposes a new method of evaluating human perception of directly observed light source flicker. The publication, ASSIST recommends…Recommended Metric for Assessing the Direct Perception of Light Source Flicker, provides specific measurement procedures and calculations to objectively determine whether the amount of flicker from a light source is above or below the threshold of human perception. The metric is applicable to any waveform shape and frequency and is based on peer-reviewed laboratory and human factors experiments.
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2015-06-10

HTC New Smartphone Model Features Three Flash LEDs

Photos of a new HTC smartphone model featuring three LED flash lights have been leaked on Chinese media Weibo recently, reported CNMO.com.
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2015-06-10

Indian City Varanasi Rolls Out LED Program

India’s Power Minister Piyush Goyal announced a massive LED upgrade program in the Northern holy city Varanasi, which is located in the State Uttar Pradesh, according to The Hindu and other media reports.
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2015-06-10

Lighting Science Group Adds Lighting Health Risk Labels to LED Products

As a result of government regulations over the past several decades, an increasing number of product manufacturers have added labels alerting consumers to potential health risks. However, a new labeling initiative isn’t the result of a federal mandate but a technology leader’s decision to take action.
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2015-06-09

DuPont Displays and Kateeva Collaborate to Optimize Inkjet Printing for Mass Production of OLED TVs

DuPont Displays (DuPont) and leading inkjet equipment manufacturerKateeva announced today that they will join forces to develop optimized inks, equipment, and processes to further advance inkjet printing technology for Organic Light Emitting Diode (OLED) display devices.  The companies will work closely to leverage DuPont technical leadership in solution materials for printed OLED devices with Kateeva’s exclusive YIELDjet™ inkjet printing platform.  The aim of this cooperation is to establish a proven, cohesive offering for OLED device manufacturers that enables a simpler yet highly effective process for manufacturing OLED TV displays using inkjet technology.
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2015-06-09

Abby Wambach Kicks Off Cree’s Soccer Lighting Campaign

Abby Wambach, the captain of the World Cup’s U.S. Women's Soccer Team, enters a dark stadium with a poorly incandescent lit soccer goal. She proceeds to decimate the ugly row of lights suspending from the top of the soccer goal by making perfectly aimed scores, and eventually switches on the newly installed LED lights with a remote control.
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2015-06-04

Zhaga Consortium Publishes Book 9 Specification

The Zhaga Consortium, a global lighting-industry consortium that is standardizing LED light engines and associated components, has published Book 9 as its latest interface specification.
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2015-06-03

Fujifilm and imec Demonstrate Full-color OLED with Photoresist Technology for Organic Semiconductors

FUJIFILM Corporation (Fujifilm) and nano-electronics research institute, imec, have demonstrated full-color OLED by using their jointly-developed photoresist technology for organic semiconductors, a technology that enables submicron patterning. This breakthrough result paves the way to producing high-resolution and large organic Electroluminescent(EL) displays and establishing cost-competitive manufacturing methods.
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2015-06-03

Eulitha Delivers PHABLE Photolithography System to MESA+ NanoLab

EULITHA, a Swiss startup company offering innovative lithography equipment and services for the nanotechnology, photonics and optoelectronic markets announced today the delivery of its unique PhableR 100 photolithography tool to the MESA + NanoLab of the University of Twente in the Netherlands. The system incorporating Eulitha’s proprietary Displacement Talbot Lithography technology will enable researchers of this interdisciplinary research institute to perform high resolution lithography on different substrates without the severely limiting requirements such as flatness or conductivity one faces with previously available technologies.
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2015-06-03

Zaniboni Outdoor LED Lights Certified by Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission

Zaniboni Lighting is proud to announce that the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission has certified 6 of our LED lights for shore use, protecting sea turtles.
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2015-05-29

Egypt State-Owned Company Starts LED Bulb Production

Egypt’s state-owned company Neeasae  has set up a new plant to manufacture LED bulbs, reported the country’s state news agency MENA.
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2015-05-29

Changelight Purchases Multiple Veeco EPIK 700 MOCVD Systems to Expand Production

Veeco Instruments announced today that Xiamen Changelight (Changelight) has purchased multiple TurboDisc® EPIK™ 700 Gallium Nitride (GaN) Metal Organic Chemical Vapor Deposition (MOCVD) systems for faster production and greater yield of high-quality LED for general lighting applications.
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2015-05-28

Seoul Semiconductor Eyes Larger Global Automotive LED Market Share as Products Pass GM Tests

Seoul Semiconductor, a leader in LED technology, announced that it will increase the global automotive LED market share by strengthening its high efficient and high reliable LED product line-up for the automotive application on May 28, 2015.
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2015-05-28

ON World Survey Finds 20% U.S. Consumers Plan to Buy Smart LED Light Bulbs by 2017

ON World’s recently completed survey with 1,000+ U.S. online adult consumers found that smart lighting is the most popular home automation product area with 1 in 5 likely to purchase a smart LED light bulb within the next two years.
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2015-05-27

Carrefour in France Installs Philips LED-based Indoor Positioning System

Royal Philips, the global leader in lighting, announces today the world’s first major install of its connected lighting system with LED-based indoor positioning for Carrefour, the leading retailer in Europe and the third-largest in the world. The newly refurbished Carrefour hypermarket in Lille, France has replaced its previous fluorescent lighting with 2.5 kilometers of energy efficient Philips LED lighting that uses light to transmit a location signal to a shopper’s smartphone, triggering an app to provide location-based services.
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2015-05-25

Hot Picks of the Week May 18-22

LEDinside was covering one of the largest LED tradeshows in Southeast Asia, LED Expo Thailand 2015 last week, and there will be more upcoming articles on the show and market trends this week.
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2015-05-15

Producing Tomorrow's Vegetables with Urban Farming and Modern LED Lighting

When Chris Bajuk, founder and CEO of the urban farming company "Urban Harvest" enters the production halls of his vegetable crop business in the mornings, he sees hundreds of square meters of sprightly growing lettuce heads. What's special: Bajuk isn't standing in giant greenhouses set in a rural atmosphere, but in the center of the million-strong U.S. metropolis of Seattle.
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2015-05-15

Apple HomeKit Products to Be Released Next Month

Apple recently announced it will be launching Apple HomeKit devices next month, denying a previous Fortune report that pushed back the release date to fall, according to several tech and business media reports.
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MaxLite provides the nostalgic look and warmth of Edison-style filament incandescent bulbs with the energy-saving benefits of LED technology in its new Filament Lamp Series.
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Plessey announced today that its dotLED range, designed specifically for wearable applications, has been expanded with a wider selection of colours, including red, green and blue. The extremely small LED die have a footprint of only 0.2mm x 0.... READ MORE