2017-01-05

Osram Showcases Advanced Laser Headlights and Other Lighting Technologies at CES

Osram, the global No. 1 in automotive car lighting, will unveil its latest high-tech automotive applications at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, Jan. 5-8, 2017. “Osram’s car lighting technologies are designed to offer drivers smart and stylish design options, but most importantly, to significantly enhance road safety,” said Olaf Berlien, CEO of OSRAM Licht AG. “Laser-based car lighting is much brighter and enables a doubled high-beam range. The improved down-road visibility and clarity for the drivers increases safety for all on the road.” The fatality rate of night-time travel is up to four times that of day-time travel. A glare-free full-beam is another of Osram’s solutions to enhance visibility.
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2016-12-08

Prototype Lexus LIT IS Covered in LEDs that Beat in Sync with Music

To highlight the impressive styling of the new 2017 IS, Lexus today unveiled a custom vehicle wrapped in 41,999 programmable LEDs that turn the car into a screen capable of broadcasting dynamic graphics and videos. The car, which is designed to send a bold signal, is featured in UK chart-topping artist Dua Lipa’s new music video for her hit song “Be the One.” The first-of-its-kind collaboration pairs Dua Lipa’s powerful vocals with an ethereal storyline, featuring the vehicle as a character and visual anchor in a story that also casts actor Ansel Elgort (“Divergent”; “The Fault in Our Stars”) as Dua's former love.
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2016-12-06

Panasonic in Talks to Acquire Austrian Headlight Maker

Japanese consumer electronics manufacturer Panasonic is in talks with Austrian headlight maker ZKW Group, a Bloomberg report quoted person familiar with the matter saying.
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2016-11-28

Technavio Forecasts Automotive Adaptive Front Lighting System to Reach 13% CAGR by 2020

Technavio analysts forecast the global automotive adaptive front lighting system market to grow at a CAGR of almost 13% during the forecast period, according to their latest report.
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2016-11-28

Allegro Microsystems Introduces Dimmable Buck Regulator LED Driver for Automotive Lighting

Allegro MicroSystems introduces a new automotive, AEC-Q100 qualified single IC switching regulator that provides constant-current output to drive high-power LEDs. Allegro’s A6217 integrates a high-side N-channel DMOS switch for DC-to-DC step- down (buck) conversion. A true average current is output using a cycle-by-cycle, controlled on-time method. This new LED driver is targeted at the automotive lighting market and includes the following key applications: daytime running lights, front and rear fog lights, turn/stop lights, map lights, and dimmable interior lights. 
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2016-11-16

Holden Astra Hits the Road with LED Headlights

High-tech features, refined driving dynamics and attractive design produce long list of award wins in Europe** Advanced technology includes Automatic Emergency Braking, Forward Collision Alert, IntelliLux LED Matrix headlamps, Apple CarPlay® and Android® Auto and rear view camera Holden Astra available from  AU $21,990 and on sale from December 2016
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2016-11-15

China’s Nanchang Optical Valley Launches First Automotive Lighting Plant

Jiangxi Luye Auto Lighting launched the first automotive lighting LED module plant in Nanchang Optical Valley in China, reported Xinhua.
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2016-11-11

Inova Semiconductors Launches Automotive Lighting with Groundbreaking Digital LED

At the Electronica exhibition, Inova Semiconductors has unveiled a new digital LED concept for automotive applications with the first LED product to be available from Dominant Opto Technologies in 1Q2017. This will be the first product developed under the umbrella of ISELED, an open alliance formed to provide a full ecosystem for the new digital LED right from its very inception.
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2016-11-03

Audi Debuts US Manufactured Laser Light in Exclusive Edition Cars

At the 2016 Los Angeles Auto Show, Audi of America will debut its first US production laser light on the 2017 Audi R8 V10 plus exclusive edition. The R8 exclusive edition utilizes full LED headlights, which are now supplemented by a laser high beam module in each headlight.
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2016-10-26

Designing 24W Power Supply for Automotive LED Lighting Systems

Martin Moss, the automotive marketing manager at Texas Instruments shares in this blog post how to create a 24W power supply for automotive LED lighting systems.
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2016-10-26

Optronics Releases Ultra-bright LED Headlights

Optronics International, a leading manufacturer and supplier of heavy-duty LED vehicle lighting, announced that it will display its most advanced Opti-Brite LED Headlamps for the first time in booth 3328 at the 2016 AAPEX Show in Las Vegas, Nevada. Optronics’ new LED headlamps feature advanced retroflective LED technology engineered to emit a wider, brighter beam for increased visibility and safety, and an eye-catching LED conspicuity array that enhances the lamp’s style and appearance.
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2016-10-20

HELLA and Covestro Introduce New Designs for Automotive Lighting

Together with Covestro, one of the largest polymer manufacturer in the world, lighting and electronics specialist HELLA has developed a new design for vehicle signal lighting using holographic technology. Since 2012, both companies have been pooling their expertise in the areas of plastics technology, as well as design and lighting technology, in order to use signal lighting as a style element. For this reason, the companies have been developing innovative designs for the front and rear lighting of electric cars in collaboration since 2015. The result is holographic lighting with 3D effects, as well as a seamless and aerodynamic design. A show car demonstrating this will be presented in Düsseldorf from October 19 to 26, 2016, as part of Covestro’s presence at the K Trade Fair, the leading trade fair for the plastics and rubber industry (Hall 6, Stand A75).
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2016-10-07

German Research Coalition Unveils New Glare-Free Pixel LEDs for Adaptive Automotive Lighting

A German research alliance with well-known members from industry and research has developed the basis for smart, high resolution LED headlights, which takes adaptive forward lighting to a new dimension. The demonstration model was developed by overall project manager Osram in collaboration with the project partners Daimler, Fraunhofer, Hella and Infineon. Both headlights contain three LED light sources, each with 1,024 individually controllable light points (pixels). This means that the headlight can be adapted very precisely to suit the respective traffic situation to ensure optimum light conditions at all times without dazzling other drivers. 
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2016-09-21

Osram Brings Smart LED Light Styling to Cars

Osram has added the LEDambient Connect family to its portfolio of innovative car lights. The three newcomers to the stylish world of interior and exterior automotive lighting, LEDambient Tuning Lights Connect, LEDambient Pulse Connect* and LEDambient Hybrid Connect*, can be easily configured with the free LEDambient Connect app. Countless light colors, modes and other products in the same series can be selected directly on a smartphone using Bluetooth. What’s more, the LEDambient Connect family has a special feature that enables the lights to pulsate in time to your music, creating an unmistakable look for your car.
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2016-08-16

Cypress New Automotive LED Driver Reduces BOM in Headlight Systems

Cypress Semiconductor introduced an automotive LED driver that enables smaller and more cost-effective headlight systems. The new S6BL112A automotive-grade LED driver is the industry’s first to feature synchronous control, which helps it provide industry-leading conversion efficiency, enabling stable performance in a lighting system. The device is able to drive LEDs at a high 2.1-MHz switching frequency, which enables a compact headlight solution that uses small, inexpensive inductors, reducing physical size and bill-of-materials costs. The LED drivers combine with Cypress’s Traveo™ microcontrollers (MCUs) and power management ICs (PMICs) to provide a best-in-class automotive front-lighting solution.
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2016-08-05

Samsung Rumored to Buy Fiat's Auto Lighting and Electronics Division

To cope with saturated smartphones' market and gradually weakening sales, Samsung Electronics is considering to purchase Fiat Chrysler Group's automobile component manufacturer Magneti Marelli to develop new market segments.
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2016-08-03

Varroc Lighting Urges U.S. Regulators to Embrace EU ADB Lighting Standards

Varroc Lighting Systems, a company based in U.S. is pushing U.S. regulators to adopt EU smart headlight standards, reported Crain’s Detroit Business.
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2016-07-21

Panasonic Plans to Expand Lighting Business Revenue to US $3.02B by 2018

Panasonic announced it will be raising its lighting revenue from JPY 320.3 billion (US $3.02 billion) from 2015 to JPY 400 billion by 2018, according to a report from Nikkei.
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2016-07-21

Peterson Launches Submersible LED Trailer Light Kit

Peterson Manufacturing’s new 844 Series Submersible Trailer Lights offer an exciting advance that combines superior function and durability with exclusive LumenX® LED lens optics technology and low-profile good looks—all in a convenient kit that boat, utility and small cargo trailer owners will love.
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2016-07-20

Osram Starts Supplying OLED Taillights to BMW

Once again, pioneering lighting technology from Osram is being fitted to a production vehicle. This time it is OLED technology (Organic Light Emitting Diode) in the tail lights of the new BMW M4 GTS. These organic area light sources take up very little space, opening up design options that car manufacturers have so far only dreamed about. “Our OLEDs in the tail lights of the BMW M4 GTS make us the first company to have this new technology on the road in a production vehicle. 
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2016-07-18

Vauxhall Adapts Full LED Adaptive Lighting to New Zafira Tourer and Mokka X Models

 Vauxhall is introducing Adaptive Forward Lighting (AFL) and full LED headlamps to its new Zafira Tourer and Mokka X models.
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2016-07-06

Opel Zafira and Mokka X Adapt Smart LED Headlights

Optimum visibility without dazzling others. With AFL LED, Opel is bringing the benefits of adaptive forward lighting and full LED headlamps to vans and sport utility vehicles in the compact market segment. The optional AFL LED headlamps offered by the new Opel Zafira and Opel Mokka X produce a bright white light that effectively turns night into day and automatically adapt to the driving situation. AFL LED features nine individual functions or lighting patterns such as Town Light, Country Light and Stop Mode Light, which not only optimize visibility but also save energy.
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2016-07-06

Osram Unveils Flexible OLED Taillights

OLED technology opens up completely new design options for light sources which are generating huge interest among customers in the automotive industry. As part of the R2D2 project sponsored by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF), research was carried out into flexible OLEDs, the next innovation in this technology. “Progress in OLED technology is rapid”, said Dr. Marc Luennemann, Head of OLED at Osram. “With the successful completion of the project the partners demonstrated impressively that we can expect flexible OLEDs to be ready for series production in only a few years’ time – above all for automotive lighting.”
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2016-06-29

Magneti Marelli Automotive Lighting Launches New LED Module Factory in Mexico

In addition to the current operations, Automotive Lighting - Magneti Marelli’s business line devoted to the automotive lighting sector - is integrating in Juárez production site in Mexico, a new assembly operation for LED modules.
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2016-06-22

Samsung Launches New Line-up of CSP LED Components for Automotive Lighting

Samsung Electronics, a world leader in advanced component solutions, announced today that it has introduced “Fx-CSP”, a line-up of LED packages which features chip-scale packaging* and flexible circuit board technology, for use in automotive lighting applications.
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2016-05-31

Analyses of Chinese Automotive LED Lighting Supply Chain and Trends

China is one of the world’s largest automotive consumer market, by late 2015 car ownership in the country reached 172 million cars, and the volume is accelerating. It can be projected in the next few years, Chinese market demands for automotive components and after sales services will increase, the automotive lighting market possesses huge market potential.
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2016-05-24

LED Matrix Headlight Designs for Improving Road Safety

In this blog entry by Isaac Hsu from Texas Instruments explores how LED matrix headlight designs could improve road safety.
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2016-05-06

EVERLIGHT LED Components Break into Automotive Supply Chains in Emerging Markets

The market for automotive LED components has grown rapidly in recent years. In the interior automotive lighting application market, the penetration of LED products has reached 70% to 80%. The number of vehicles using LED headlamps has also increased considerably.  Among Taiwan-based LED package suppliers, EVERLIGHT has been the most active in the automotive LED market. As one of the leading LED manufacturers worldwide, EVERLIGHT has overcome technology barriers to achieve mass production capability to provide a wide range of automotive LED products. In a recent interview with LEDinside, Torrent Chin, Associate Vice President, Product R&D Marketing, EVERLIGHT, discussed in detail the company’s developments in the automotive LED market and trends observed.
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2016-03-31

Everlight Boosts Revenue with VR and Other Niche Market Applications

Affected by the uncertain economic outlook, Taiwanese LED manufacturer Everlight’s business operations in 2016 lacked strong growth momentum, reported Taiwanese media UDN. Waning consumer consumption led to sliding revenues in the backlight market, which has neutralized lighting market growth. 
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2016-03-10

Why the Bugatti Chiron Taillight Can Be A Single LED Strip Light

Luxury car brands often incorporate innovative car light designs, such as dynamic smart LED headlights or eye-catching tail light designs to give their cars a more distinctive look, but super race car Buggati Chiron’s single LED light strip taillight design had some in the industry scratching their heads.
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 “As the demands on our customer’s fixtures become more challenging, we need to ensure our Color portfolio enables them to meet these demands. This increase in flux across several key colors will give our customers a significa... READ MORE

Samsung Electronics announced a new family of chip-on-board LED lighting packages, labeled the “Samsung D-series Special Color.” 

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