2011-02-17

Kaneka to Start Shipping OLED Lighting Panels in March, Unveils OLED Strategy

Kaneka announced that it will start accepting orders for OLED lighting panels on March 22nd, 2011 in Japan (and later in April in Europe). Kaneka will offer OLED square panels in give colors (warm white, red, orange, blue and green). The panels will be dimmable (in the range from 1,000cd/m2 to 5,000cd/m2).   Kaneka's OLED panels will cost around ¥2 million (approx $24,000) per square meter - and the company believes that the price will drop to ¥200,000 ($2,400) next year and to ¥50,000 ($600) or less by 2020. Production capacity in 2011 will be 10,...
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2011-02-17

Piccadilly Circus Prepares to Replace neon Sanyo sign to LED Display

It’s said that Piccadilly Circus will replace the iconic red and white Sanyo sign, which has been in place since 1978. The Japanese electronics company has been told to replace the sign with a more modern LED display, which allows for moving images. However, according to a spokesman for Sanyo,” the owner of the ad space wanted to change the neon sign to LED for the coming London Olympics, but we didn't feel the need to change it for economic reasons.”...
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2011-02-14

Nichia’s white LEDs Patent Infringement Lawsuits was Acknowledged by TRG

Recently, The Republic Group Handelsvertretung GmbH (“TRG”) has acknowledged Nichia’s claims in the early first hearing at the District Court Düsseldorf. Previously, Nichia has filed patent infringement lawsuits in the above court. It claims that two different Harvatek white LED products (serial numbers HT-V116TW and HT-U158TW) sold by those distributors infringe Nichia YAG patent (EP936682[DE69702929]) and seeks an injunction, damages, recall and destruction. On January 18, 2011, TRG acknowledged Nichia’s Claim...
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2011-02-14

Sharp Introduces New LED Device with a Luminous Efficiency of 91lm/W

Sharp has introduced the highest LED device which has a luminous efficiency of 91lm/W with an input power of about 25W for lighting purposes.   The general color rendering index (Ra) of the new LED device is 83. It emits an incandescent color light. The mounting area of the LED device is as small as 24 x 20mm, and its thickness is only 1.8mm. The light emitting part has a round shape. It will start mass-producing on March 4, 2011, with a production rate of 100,000 units per month.  ...
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2011-02-11

Verbatim Announces Their VELVE Color-tunable OLED Panels, Now Available

Verbatim (a subsidiary of Mitsubishi) announced their new color-tunabe and dimmable OLED lighting panels called VELVE (these are made together by Mitsubishi and Pioneer). Verbatim says that the panels are already available - which makes the VELVE the world's first color-tunable OLED lighting panels. Verbatim apparantly offers just one size -  14x14cm, which is similar to Lumiotec's OLED panels.   Verbatim also announced that they will display the new panels at Fuori Salone, an exhibition held in Milan, Italy on April 12-17. Verbatim'...
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2011-02-11

Microsemi Announces Timing Controller plus LED Backlight Solution for Next-Generation 3D LCD TVs

•    Reference Design Enables Lower Cost LCD Panels to Produce Higher Quality Images •    Solution on Display at IIC China, Shenzhen February 24-26, 2011 at the Microsemi Booth 2C11 Microsemi Corporation (Nasdaq:MSCC), a leading provider of semiconductor technology aimed at powering a smart, secure, connected world, today announced collaboration with Sony® Corporation Semiconductor Business Group (“Sony”) for the first open market 3D-capable timing controller plus local dimming LED backlighti...
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2011-02-10

Mitsubishi Showcased 100in Diamond Vision OLED Screens

Mitsubishi Electric Australia has showcased a curved prototype of 100in Diamond Vision OLED screens at ISE 2011, targeting to digital signage and indoor advertising. The 384x384mm screens can be interconnected to create even larger panel sizes — a 100in version was displayed at CEATEC 2010 — and panel brightness is twice that of even the brightest LED screens available. The panels' resolution is at 128x128 pixels per screen. As a modular system, the Diamond Vision OLED screens are flexible and can be fitted to curved or rounded surfaces. &...
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2011-01-31

Panasonic Unveiled "Everleds" Series LED Lights

Panasonic has unveiled its "Everleds" series comprising of an E26 base LED light bulb with a light distribution angle of 300° and an LED ceiling lamp capable of adjusting light intensity, color and distribution.   The key feature of E26 base LED light bulb is that its light source (LED package) is arranged in a circular shape inside a globe (a semi-spherical cover) and two light reflectors with apertural areas are used. And for the new LED ceiling lamp,it features a function to adjust light distribution. It is equipped with two types of LED ...
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2011-01-28

Major Milestone Passed with Photonic Crystal Patterning on Full 4” Wafers with PHABLETM Technology

Eulitha AG of Switzerland and Dai Nippon Printing Co., Ltd. (DNP) of Japan announced the successful patterning of 4” wafers with Eulitha’s proprietary PHABLE technology. Photonic crystal patterns with 600 nm period and hexagonal symmetry was created uniformly over 4” wafers. PHABLE is a novel mask based photolithography technology that promises to revolutionize production of photonic structures such as photonic crystals, diffraction gratings and anti-reflection surfaces. High-throughput fabrication of such patterns over large areas is required...
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2011-01-27

Panasonic Targets to Sell 9 million LED Light Bulbs in Japan Market

It’s announced that Panasonic has made a decision to sell 9 million LED light bulbs in Japan next fiscal year, up from 4.4 million units targeted for the year ending March 31. According to Panasonic, the overall domestic market for LED lights will jump from 11 million units to 18 million next fiscal year and it targets to grab half of the domestic market. The company plans to begin offering on March 18 LED bulbs capable of shedding light over a wide, 300-degree swath, putting them on par with incandescent lamps. It also widened the angle of illumination from...
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2011-01-24

Japan Creates LED Smiles

Japanese designers Motoi Ishibashi and Daito Manabe have created “LED smiles.” The pair was inspired by "LED throwies," or bundles of LED lights attached to a magnet. It’s said that the light-up mouths were originally featured in a fashion advertisement in a winter sale at a Japanese clothing store, and now they're starting to take off as an accessory. The LED smiles can easily be affixed to your teeth and glow different colors while you smile. Besides, the colors can be changed wirelessly through a computer interface....
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2011-01-20

15 LED Manufacturers from Taiwan Participates in Japan's Third LED/OLED Lighting Technology Expo

Reportedly, 15 manufacturers from Taiwan are presenting the third LED/OLED Lighting Technology Expo, which is being held Jan. 19-21 at Big Light, Tokyo's International Exhibition Center. According to David Chang, chairman of Taiwan Lighting Fixture Export Association (TLFEA), Taiwan's LED technology was recently applied to the lighting industry, reviving its development after many manufacturers in the industry moved to China. And the once decreasing number of the association's members has now rebounded to more than 700. Taiwan LED m...
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2011-01-18

Japan Seiko Instruments Announced New Temperature Sensor IC Optimized for LED Lighting

Japan Seiko Instruments Inc. (SII) has introduced the S-5855A Series, a PWM output temperature sensor IC for LED lighting designs. The new product begins to decrease the duty ratio of PWM signal output when the temperature exceeds the specified value, thus enables LED lighting circuits to avoid temperatures increasing above design limits, improving safety and efficiency while reducing total design cost. The S-5855A is connected to the DIM pin of an LED driver IC to control the LED luminance, enhancing safety protection and boosting efficiency. It...
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2011-01-07

Sharp Showcased Its Largest Quattron LED TV at CES

Sharp has showcased 70-inch Quattron-series LED TV to CES this year. Under Quad Pixel technology, Sharp added yellow to the red, green and blue color gamut. The LC-70LE732U is the largest in the series thus far, outdoing the previous 60-inch flagship.
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2011-01-06

Nichia set up first-ever official LED distributor in Germany

The Japan-based LED maker Nichia announced that Lumitronix LED-Technik GmbH had became Nichia’s first official LED distributor in Germany from January 1, 2011. In the past, Nichia had used to supply its LEDs directly to end-use customers, without using distribution channels anywhere in the world. Nichia had also broken with its own tradition by cooperating with Lumitronix.
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2011-01-04

Toshiba Plans to Sell LED Tube Lamps

Toshiba is reported to start offering 40 types of LED tube lamps by March that it will market to offices and factories.   Toshiba will offer standard 40-watt lamps as well as 20-watt tubes. Besides, it plans to have 80 types on the market by June.
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2010-12-28

Formosa cooperated with Mitsui to develop Chinese and Japanese market

It’s reported that Japan-based Mitsui & Co, which had a huge business network with business involving in the monitor and automobile industries, would purchase 74.693 million to Taiwan LED chipmaker Formosa Epitaxy’s private placement, with having a 15% stake, while Unity Opto Technology would increase its investment and purchase 15.307 million of stake.
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2010-12-28

Japan Injected $6.4 Billion Green Capex to Revive the Economy

Targeting to help revive an economy struggling with persistent deflation and a rising yen by creating jobs through green and other potential growth industries, Japan has injected $6.4 billion on 153 low-carbon projects across the country over the next 15 months, using government subsidies as seed money and ranging from production of low-emitting cars, lithium-ion batteries, LED lighting and solar panels to energy-saving electrical appliances.  
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2010-12-28

Japan Created LED Balloon Lamp

Kouichi Okamoto in Japan has created an interesting balloon lamp, which is made of rubber, polypropylene, LED lighting and a lithium-coin battery. Thanks to the LED, this new lamp is energy efficient and can be used continuously over 100 hours by using the 2 lithium batteries.
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2010-12-22

Sharp to Tap into LED Controllers for Indoor Lighting

It’s reported that Sharp Corporation has designed and will introduce the LR56001 LED controller for LED ceiling lights which can independently control up to three types of LED lights including cool white, warm white, and night light with each at the desired level of brightness. By adjusting the brightness of cool white and warm white lights ,the user is able to change the color emitted, anywhere from a warm red color to a cool light blue color.
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2010-12-14

Toshiba and Panasonic to Sell Straight Tube LED Lamps

At Eco-Products 2010, a trade show on green technologies, which took place from Dec 9 to 11, 2010, in Tokyo, Toshiba Lighting & Technology Corp and Panasonic Electric Works Co Ltd individually showcased straight tube LED lamps complied with the "JEL801:210" (defined by Japan Electric Lamp Manufacturers Association )standard .
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2010-12-07

Toshiba Introduces LED TV with a Rechargeable Battery

Toshiba has shown off Power PC1 series TV, which are the first LCD television that has an integrated battery backup. With a rechargeable battery, this new product is capable of delivering around two hours of TV watching time without power, which can cater for users who live in areas with unclean or sketchy power sources that are prone to blackouts and power fluctuations. It plans to offer the Power PC1 series in 32-inch and 24-inch sizes.  
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2010-12-02

Sumitomo Electric Industries Cooperates with Soitec to Develop GaN Substrate

Soitec and Sumitomo Electric Industries (SEI) has joined force to develop engineered gallium nitride (GaN) substrates. The cooperation will combine with Sumitomo Electric's sophisticated GaN wafer manufacturing technology and Soitec's unique Smart Cut layer transfer technology.The engineered substrates retain the original, high crystalline quality of Sumitomo Electric's GaN wafer at a lower cost.
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2010-12-02

Showa Denko to Produce 80lm/W White OLEDs in 2015

Showa Denko K.K. (SDK) has published their 2011-2015 business plan. Their R&D strategy includes four priority items, one of them being OLED Lighting. Their plan is to produce 80lm/W 40,000 hours white OLEDs in 2015. They say that the cost will be ¥4 per lm - which means $3.8 for the 80lm/W device - but they do not specify the size (area) of those OLEDs.
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2010-12-01

Mitsubishi Electric Installed the First Large-scale LED Screen at Hiratsuka Stadium

Mitsubishi Electric  has installed an 800-inch Diamond Vision large-scale display system at Hiratsuka Stadium in Hiratsuka City, Kanagawa Prefecture, Japan, to display textual and graphic information as well as live videos and slow-motion replays. It’s considered as the first large-scale LED screen installed at Hiratsuka City's multi-use athletics stadium, also the home stadium of J. League Division 1 soccer club Shonan Bellmare.
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2010-11-29

Mitsubishi Introduced a New Color TFT LCD Module

Mitsubishi Electric has introduced a new color TFT LCD module in a 960×540 quarter high definition (QHD) format, which suits to video monitors for broadcasting purposes as it enables easy conversion from full HD resolution.
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2010-11-26

Hibino Introduces Two Kinds of 3D LED Displays

Japan Hibino Corp has introduced two kinds of 3D LED displays, one is the "ChromaLED 3D4" with the industry's narrowest pitch of 4mm pixels, and the other is the "ChromaLED 3D6" with 6mm pixel pitch.   
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2010-11-24

Japan Sumitomo Created the World’s First 6-in. GaN Wafers for White LEDs

Recently, Japan's Sumitomo Electric Industries Ltd. is said to develop the world’s first 6-inch diameter gallium nitride (GaN) substrates for white LEDs. Presently, the white LED market has been growing using 2- to 4-inch sapphire substrates. As an alternative to sapphire, Sumitomo Electric began production of 2-inch diameter GaN substrates designed for use in white LEDs.
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2010-11-22

The "15th Annual, Fall 2010 BERTL's BEST Awards" for OKI Color Digital LED Printers

Tokyo-based OKI Data Corporation has received the "15th Annual, Fall 2010 BERTL's BEST Awards" for four of its new digital LED printers.   Among these four printers ,the C530 and C330 color LED printers received the Best High Performance Color Printer Award and the Best High Performance Monochrome Printer  have given to the mono LED printers, B431 and B411.
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2010-11-18

LG to sell 10 LED LCD TVs in Japan

LG Electronics starts to sell 10 LED LCD TVs, including three premium FULL LED LCD TVs with 42, 47 and 55 inch screens and seven edge-lit LED LCD models with screen sizes ranging from 22 to 42 inches in Japan from November 19. Over 60 retail stores in major cities such as Tokyo, Osaka and Nagoya will adopt LG TV models. The LX9500, a "Best of Innovation" award winner at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, is placed at the top of the company's line-up.
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Today Philips Lumileds launches its proprietary CrispWhite Technology, yet another quality of light breakthrough in its portfolio, making whites appear vivid and bright while colors appear saturated. LUXEON CoB arrays with CrispWhite Technolog... READ MORE

For the first time there is a compact laser multi-chip package. Osram Opto Semiconductors can pack up to 20 blue laser chips in the new PLPM4 450 module. Instead of taking the laborious approach and constructing a light source from individual ... READ MORE