2017-03-21

Smooth Traffic Flow Through Automatic Barriers: Infrared LED Optimizes License Plate Recognition

Osram Opto Semiconductors is expanding its offering of high-power infrared LEDs for illumination solutions to include a new wavelength (810 nm). This development will benefit camera systems, such as those used to read license plates. They can use this additional wavelength to improve image contrast making it easier to read patterns from recorded images. Moreover, camera sensors have higher sensitivity at 810 nm. At the same optical output, the new device therefore extends the range of camera systems as compared to 850 nm. 
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2017-03-21

A Pocket-sized Retina Camera, No Dilating Required

Researchers have developed a cheap, portable camera that can photograph the retina without the need for pupil-dilating eye drops.
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2017-03-15

LED Taiwan 2017 to Target Opportunities in IR/UV LED

Organized by SEMI and Taiwan External Trade Development Council (TAITRA), LED Taiwan and Taiwan International Lighting Show (TiLS) will be collocated and held on April 12-15, 2017 at Taipei Nangang Exhibition Center, Hall 1, showcasing a wide range of technology innovations and solutions in six themed pavilions.
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2017-03-13

Lighting Fair 2017: The Future of Japan’s Lighting with 2020 Tokyo Olympics

    Along with Nikkei Inc., Japan Lighting Manufacturers Association (JLMA), the major contributor of the development and promotion of Japan’s lighting industry, last week organized Lighting Fair 2017 at Tokyo Big Sight, gathering industry professionals specializing in a multitude of lighting applications at West Hall 1 and 2 to provide an outlook of Japan’s lighting market and the joint future of the industry and the forthcoming global sporting event 2020 Summer Olympics.
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2017-03-08

Infrared LED Protects Mobile Computers From Unauthorized Access

Facial recognition is considered a highly secure form of biometric identification. The system records the user’s face and detects typical features independent of facial expressions. However, to identify these features accurately and reliably, the software requires high-quality images. This means illuminating the face brightly and evenly, without shadows – and for this method to safeguard laptops and tablets, it also has to work in a wide variety of lighting conditions. The solution lies in additional illumination of the face with infrared light. 
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2017-03-07

Osram Infrared LEDs Establish Communication Between Distributed Luminaires

Organic Response Lighting Control Systems are designed to operate wide area lighting installations with maximum energy efficiency while still maintaining a high level of comfort. The key lies in a distributed intelligence which enables the system to react to the presence of persons in the immediate vicinity, as well as to those further away.
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2017-03-03

LEDinside Projects Huge Market Growth for Optical Sensors Used in Iris/Facial Recognition with 2017~2025 CAGR at 24%

The respective additions of 3D Sensing and iris recognition into the next-generation iPhone devices and Samsung Galaxy S8 will generate a new wave of demand for IR (infrared) LEDs used in optical sensors. LEDinside, a division of TrendForce, has recently published its 2017 IR LED/IR Laser and Optical Sensor Market Report. In the report, LEDinside states that that the global market scale of IR LED and IR laser components used in iris and facial recognition solutions will grow from US$145 million in 2017 to US$827 million in 2025. The CAGR in the forecast period is estimated at 24%.
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2017-02-24

Osram Introduces Advanced IRED for Iris Recognition

Osram Opto Semiconductors’ new SFH 4787S infrared LED (IRED) for iris scanners illuminates the eyes so evenly that the software identifying the iris pattern now hardly needs to correct artefacts. 
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2017-02-20

IR LED Believed to Be the New Cash Cow

While InGaN-based LEDs (normal LEDs for Lighting and backlight) continue to face oversupply, IR LEDs have been in the limelight in 2017 with various applications boosting demands. 
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2017-02-12

Osram to Launch A Massive Recruitment in Germany to Respond to Rising IR Demand

Osram’s spokeman told Reuters it foresees a rapid increase in demand for its infrared components in the light of the introduction of the state-of-the-art iris-scanning identification in mobile devices. Osram plans to recruit around 1,000 new talents at its factory in Regensburg, Germany.
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2017-01-18

Nepcon Japan 2017 Starts: Light Tech EXPO Focuses On New Applications of Light Sources and UV LED

Nepcon Japan 2017, dashingly large and vibrant, hosted expositions regarding diverse technology of up to 15 fields that are intertwined with one another. Considered as the biggest trade show ever hosted, it invited 2,270 manufacturers, both international and local Japanese companies, for the showcase of R&D and electronics manufacturing technologies. Apart from Nepcon Japan 2017, the longest-running main show consisting of 6 expositions, LED/OLED Lighting Technology Expo –Light-Tech–, WEARABLE Expo, RoboDEX Expo and Smart Automotive Factory Expo are also the highlights of this year. The AUTOMOTIVE WORLD covers the most-discussed automotive technologies, including car electronics, EV/HEV/FCV technology, connected car technology, lightweight techniques, and processing. 
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2016-12-19

EVERLIGHT IR Optical Sensor Zeros in Smart Application Market

With sensors being a critical component for mushrooming smart Internet-based devices amid the IoT current, optical sensors have emerged as the mainstream item, boasting widespread applications, in smart mobile devices, wearables, and security equipment, among others.
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2016-12-13

ANU Creates Nanocrystal Material to Redesign Night-vision Glasses

ANU scientists have designed a nano crystal around 500 times smaller than a human hair that turns darkness into visible light and can be used to create light-weight night-vision glasses.
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2016-12-06

Osram Launches IR LED for Fitness Bands Sensor Applications

The new IR Topled D5140 photodiode from Osram Opto Semiconductors requires considerably less pc board space than before. It enables more compact sensors to be produced for monitoring fitness levels, for example in fitness armbands. The spectral sensitivity of the D5140 has been optimized for visible light and allows precise heart rate measurements using red or green light. The component is also ideal as an ambient light sensor. 
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2016-11-24

Rise of Red LED Applications Boosts Top Taiwanese Companies Revenues

Taiwanese LED chip manufacturers that successfully transitioned from blue LEDs to red LEDs have set new revenue records from their budding AlInGaN LED business.
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2016-11-18

Arima Optoelectronics Swaps Blue LEDs for Red Chips

Exiting from cut-throat price competitions in the blue LED lighting segment, LED epitaxial wafer and chip manufacturer Arima Optoelectronics (Arima) has halted manufacturing of blue LED chips altogether and shifted to AlGaInP production, reported DIGITIMES.
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2016-11-04

Osram Debuts IR LED for Food Analysis

Imagine using your smartphone to analyze your breakfast, lunch and evening meal. Now you can, thanks to the new broadband infrared LED from Osram Opto Semiconductors. The company is using converter technology for infrared emitters for the first time. The result is an LED that emits broadband infrared light in a wavelength range from 650 to 1,050 nanometers (nm), opening up infrared spectrometry for the consumer market. One option would be a compact sensor – like a USB stick – which would be used with an appropriate smartphone app to measure calories, freshness or nutritional content.
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2016-10-27

Osram Opto Launches New IR LEDs for Car Night Vision Assistance

A new infrared LED from Osram Opto Semiconductors reduces the size of lighting units for camera-based assistance systems in cars. Compared to the Platinum Dragon previously used, Synios SFH 4770S A01 offers 25 percent higher optical output and needs only about one tenth of the footprint. 
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2016-09-22

Osram Launches Compact LEDs for Mobile Fitness Applications

The new versions of the PointLED and Firefly LEDs are Osram Opto Semiconductors’ latest additions to its portfolio for use in mobile applications such as fitness tracking and health monitoring. Osram can therefore offer its customers a greater selection of products – to supplement its integrated sensors. Thanks to their greater brightness, the PointLEDs in true green offer better performance and provide better signals than comparable solutions on the market. The Firefly E 1608 in hyper red has a special narrow-band wavelength range around 660 nm so it also offers optimized signal recognition. It is suitable for measuring oxygen levels in blood, while the true green version is ideal for use in pulse monitors. Both color versions of the Firefly have the advantage of compact dimensions, giving customers greater flexibility in designing their products.
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2016-09-22

ABI Research: Iris Recognition to Become Next Big Thing in Smartphones

Fingerprint recognition will soon become outdated in smartphone applications, in its place iris recognition will emerge as the new trending technology, and might even drive mobile payment developments, according to ABI Research’s latest report.
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2016-09-07

Osram to Shift Some Investments to IR LEDs for Iris-Scanning

Osram intends to transfer some of the funds it earmarked for a LED chip fab to making IR LEDs for iris-scanning applications as demands from bankers, smartphone makers and VR systems rise, a source familiar with the matter told Reuters.
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2016-08-22

Mazda Uses IR LEDs to Kick off The Sound of Tomorrow Campaign

To promote the sports model MX-5, Mazda created “Mazda Drives: The Sound of Tomorrow” campaign, the highlight of which is a special DJ concert by DJ Vicious, six-time Tomorrowland DJ, with flair as the Mazda MX-5 made music on a large vinyl record in place of a pick up needle. 
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2016-08-19

Disney Patents IR LED-based Interactive Light Saber System

Diehard fans of Star Wars that have dreamed of deflecting laser light beams with Jedi light sabers might get a chance in a future Disneyland.
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2016-08-12

Arima Optoelectronics Switches Focus to IR LED Industry

Intense price competition in the blue LED market has urged Taiwanese manufacturers to transform their business models, among these include Arima Optoelectronics (Arima), which is one of the leading companies in the Greater China region to give up blue (InGaN) LEDs, reported UDN.
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2016-08-08

Samsung to Introduce Iris Recognition into Mid-range Smartphones

The adoption of iris recognition features into Samsung’s flagship Galaxy Note 7 in New York last week caught market attention, users of the device can unlock their phones simply by peering into their smartphone displays, reported TechNews.
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2016-08-04

Epistar to Benefit from Iris Recognition Trends

Samsung’s latest flagship phone Note 7 iris recognition features created a new buzz in the market, as the new phone’s IR modules used for optical recognition is expected to benefit IR LED manufacturers, such as Epistar and High Power Lighting, reported UDN.
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2016-08-04

ams Launches Ultra-Small IR LED-Based Optical Sensor Module

ams AG, a leading provider of high performance sensors and analog ICs, today launched the smallest ever optical sensor module that delivers a combination of color (RGB), ambient light and proximity sensing, providing OEMs with design flexibility and the ability to provide a better display viewing experience.
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2016-08-01

Dermatouch Releases In-Home LED Face Lifting Tool

Dermatouch, a leading beauty brand that develops innovative, clean, and effective products for consumers, introduces a new UV/LED light therapy and lifting system, called the Dermatouch Skinforce Dermajuvenate.
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2016-07-07

Optical Sensors Advancing Mobile Technology

Mobile World Congress Shanghai, which is held from 28 June to 1 July 2016, features two “Connected Lifestyle” halls that showcase up-to-date products and services. Bodo Ischebeck, Vice President Infrared Components at Osram Opto Semiconductors delivered a speech titled “Optical Sensors Advancing Mobile Technology.” Bodo Ischebeck introduced optical sensors’ applications and outlook of biometrics, biosensor, VR/AR and 3D sensor applications.
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2016-05-25

Unveiling Osram’s Core Competitiveness in IR LED Technology

Construction of comprehensive optic fiber networks and maturing Internet technology are ushering innovative technology developments. LEDinside observed the emergence of more innovative technology products at CES Asia 2016, which took place in Shanghai, China recently. Growing number of products require the integration of IR sensor technologies, such as trending virtual reality (VR) headsets, or wearable fitness devices for measuring heart rates and pulse. IR sensor technology in man and machine interface is also playing an increasingly important role. 
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Lumileds introduced the LUXEON MX, a multi-die emitter that delivers industry leading efficiency and flux for outdoor fixtures and high bay lighting applications. Lighting fixtures benefit from the emitter’s 1,200 lumen, 150 lm/W ef... READ MORE

The trading portfolio of IMM Photonics has been expanded in the segment Fabry-Perot laser diodes to include a 830 nanometer (nm) version by the Japanese manufacturer QD-Laser.

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