2018-12-17

Chinese Companies to Buy Shares of Japan Display

Japan Display Inc. (JDI) has been negotiating with Chinese companies and investors to receive financial supports of JPY 50 billion (US$ 440.65 million), reported NHK. The potential investors include mobile component producer Ofilm, automotive component manufacturer Minth Group and the Silk Road Fund. With the support, the Chinese investors will hold 33 percent or more of the share of JDI, suppressing the current major shareholder INCJ, who owns 25.29 percent of the share. In addition to the investment, the Chinese investors were also reportedly offering a ...
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2018-12-17

Plessey to Showcase Micro LED AR/VR Glasses at CES 2019

Plessey, the UK-based optoelectronic technology solutions provider, announced that it is going to demonstrate AR and VR glasses powered by Micro LEDs at CES 2019. Plessey’s Micro LEDs are put in action for AR applications with Vuzix, who has collaborated with Plessy in the development of Micro LED smart glasses. According to Plessey, its Micro LEDs offer 10 times the resolution, 100 times the contrast ratio, and up to 1,000 times the luminance compared to traditional OLEDs. Furthermore, the device uses only half the power consumption, doubling b...
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2018-12-17

Italian Researchers Light up LED Bulbs with Plants

Scientists have developed methods to generate power with living plants for lighting up LED bulbs, providing a “green” solution of sustainable power. The research was done by the interdisciplinary team of roboticists and biologists at IIT-Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia in Pontedera in Pisa, Italy with the results published on Advanced Functional Materials. The research, led by Fabian Meder, discovered that living plants can generate more than 150 Volts by a single leaf, which is enough to simultaneously power 100 LED light bulbs. Researchers also showe...
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2018-12-14

Winners of Micro LED Technology Research Contest Unveiled [Update]

The “Micro LED Technology Research Contest” held by LEDinside has received numerous articles providing innovative and practical solutions to enhance the manufacturing of Micro LED during June 6th – September 10th, 2018. LEDinside was very excited to learn all these novel ideas and technologies offered by different institutes and companies from all over the world. Selecting the winning articles was a tough task as most of them have proposed unique perspectives on how to solve the mass transfer issue of Micro LED or improve their yield rate. 
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2018-12-14

Panel Producers Focus on Niche Products: Innolux Targets VR Headsets and AUO Develops New Applications

According to WitsView, a division of TrendForce, the glut ratio of panels is expected to increase to 4.3 percent in the fourth quarter of 2018, leading to a drop in panel price. Facing the difficulties of the oversupply and decreased price, panel producers have shifted their focus to niche applications in order to break through the low price competition. Innolux has developed a high resolution sickness-free VR headset which won an innovative product award. The company aims to expand its presence in the growing gaming market with its VR headset and expects to mass produce the pr...
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2018-12-14

Harvatek Expects Growing Mini LED Shipment in 2019

With its continuous development in Mini LED, Harvatek projects that Mini LED products will take around 15 percent of its revenue next year, driving its business performance in 2019. The LED manufacturer focuses on display products including notebooks, gaming monitors, mobile devices and automotive displays. The shipment of its Mini LED product, 4 in 1 Mini COB and RGB Mini LED COB, has been processed by its display clients. Harvatek expects that its Mini LED product shipments will be boosted by the second quarter of 2019, bringing profits to the com...
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2018-12-14

ALLOS Confirms Dynamic Ron Performance of Carbon-doping Free GaN-on-Si

ALLOS Semiconductor, the Germany-based IP licensing company, has announced its technology to avoid carbon-doping enable excellent performance of GaN-on-Si wafer as confirmed by the date of its customers. In an invited talk at the E-MRS scientific conference in Warsaw ALLOS’ co-founder and CTO Dr. Atsushi Nishikawa showed this data and the underlining analysis. Being able to make this proof is important for the high power electronics (HPE) industry because it confirms the widespread believe that the absence of C-doping can help reduce switching los...
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2018-12-13

Samsung to Close its Mobile Phone Plant in China

Samsung Electronics announced that it will close its smartphone manufacturing plants in Tianjin, China, due to the declining sales of its smartphone in the Chinese market. According to the report of Reuters, the operation of Samsung’s smartphone manufacturing in the Tianjin plant will stop by the end of year. But the company will continue the production in Huizhou. Samsung has shifted its production facilities to India and Vietnam not only because its sales in China dropped but also due to the increasing production cost. Electronic Times, a South Korean media...
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2018-12-13

50,000 Streetlights Changed to LED in Montreal

The City of Montreal announced that it has reached the benchmark of 50,000 streetlights converted to LED, as part of its urban lighting modernization program. This project was set to replace 132,500 existing streetlights to LED models and install smart lighting management system simultaneously. As the biggest streetlight conversion project in North America, the project represents a total investment of CAD 110 million (US$ 82.39 million) in five year and is part of Montréal’s overall development as a city of innovation. (image: Montreal City) The st...
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2018-12-13

Sony’s Micro LED Display CLEDIS Selected by Dutch Company

Sony has first showcase its Crystal LED Display at CES 2012 and announced the launch of CLEDIS (Crystal LED Integrated Structure) Micro-LED panels in 2017. By now, it is available for custom applications. EDGE Technologies, the Netherlands-based sustainable building developer, has installed Sony’s Crystal LED display at its headquarter, the EDGE Olympic office building in Amsterdam. (Image: Sony) EDGE Technologies has invested in the new technology to create the next-generation office environment with the modular panels, measur...
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2018-12-12

WaveOptics Raises US$26 Million Fund and Partners Goertek for Volume Production of AR Wearables

WaveOptics is a UK-based Augmented Reality (AR) wearable device designer and manufacturer with its diffractive waveguides technology. The company announced that it has raised US$26 million from existing shareholders and new investors. One of its new investor, Goertek, has also signed an exclusive waveguide production partnership with WaveOptics. Goertek designs and produces high-tech consumer electronics. With the partnership with WaveOpics, the two companies aim to mass produce Waveguides’s waveguides for AR wearable applications (Image: WaveOptics) W...
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2018-12-12

Osram Ready to Demonstrate Its Latest Technologies at CES 2019

Osram announced that it is going to showcase its cutting-edge technologies in a wide range of applications including mobility, connectivity, safety and security, and well-being and health at CES 2019. Osram will present sensors for self-driving vehicles, as well as Advanced Driver-Assistance Systems (ADAS), and biometric identification applications. With the introduction of two new infrared LEDs, Osram enable biometric applications such as iris scan, driver monitoring, as well as facial and gesture recognition in vehicles. (Image: Osram) As for light emitting ap...
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2018-12-11

Financial Updates: AOT, LiteOn and Laster Tech Report Revenue Drop due to Seasonality

LED manufacturers reported revenue drop for November as the demands decrease in the off-peak season. AOT, the LED company under the Foxconn Group, has posted a revenue of NT$ 332 million (US$ 10.76 million) for November with a decrease of 10.4% MoM and 39.9% YoY. LED backlighting is the major business of the company which accounts for more than 90 percent of its revenue. Therefore, the dropped demands of TV backlight due to seasonality led to the decreased monthly revenue of AOT. (Image: AOT) AOT also began the development of Mini and Micro LE...
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2018-12-11

Seoul Semiconductor Wins Patent Litigation in Germany

Seoul Semiconductor announced that it won a patent litigation against Everlight in Germany. The patent involved in this litigation relates to an LED package structure for thermal dissipation. Everlight purchased this patent from a U.S. company in 2017, and subsequently brought a patent lawsuit against Seoul in the Mannheim Court of Germany. In December 2018, the Mannheim Court ruled in favor of Seoul Semiconductor and ordered that Everlight to bear the statutory costs of the court proceeding. (Image: Seoul Semiconductor) “Seoul has invested approximat...
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2018-12-11

Signify Completes Share Repurchase Program

Signify announced that that its share repurchase program which aims to reduce the company’s capital has been completed. (Image: Signify) In July 2018, Signify announced the start of a share repurchase program to buy back up to EUR 230 million (US$ 261.41 million) of its shares to reduce the company’s capital. Since the program began, Signify has continued to repurchase the share of the company and update the progress weekly. In line with its timeframe, the program was completed on December 7th. During the period, the company has bought back 9.7 million share...
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2018-12-11

Samsung Launches World’s biggest LED Cinema in Beijing

Samsung Electronics unveiled its latest Onyx screen at Capital Cinema in Beijing, China on December 7. The 14-meter Onyx Cinema LED screen is 3D ready and the largest cinema LED screen launched by Samsung. “Our new Onyx display reflects a momentous step for the industry, as we usher in the next generation of cinema around the globe,” said Seog-gi Kim, Executive Vice President of Visual Display Business at Samsung Electronics. “We’re excited to partner with Capital Cinema to help showcase the new industry standard for picture qualit...
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2018-12-10

RealTerm Energy to Replace Streetlights with LED in New York State

Six municipalities of New York State have partnered with RealTerm Energy to for LED streetlights conversion. The municipalities of Great Neck, Newark, Nyack, Goshen, Florida and Piermont to replace their current HID (high intensity discharge) streetlights to LED lights. In 2018, Governor of New York, Andrew M. Cuomo announced Smart Street Lighting NY, the energy efficiency project of New York State which aims to install at least 500,000 LED streetlights in New York by 2025. Following the project, the streetlight conversion of the six munici...
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2018-12-10

Selectronic and Hongli Zhihui Collaborate with Epistar for Automotive Product Development

Selectronic, a UK-based specialist, has partnered with Chinese LED packager Hongli Zhuihui with a US$ 75 million collaboration agreement. The two companies will work with Taiwanese company Epistar to boost LED automotive product development. Selectronic is a distributor of LEDs in Europe for Hongli. Through the partnership with Epistar, Hongli will buy Epistar’s patented automotive LED chips for the production of automotive LED lighting and the development of automotive LED products. The strategic agreement between the companies will run until O...
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2018-12-10

Taiwanese Research Team Announces Commercialization of OLED Lighting for Eye Protection

A research team in Taiwan announced that its development of OLED lighting is ready for commercial production. According to the research leader, Dr. Jwo-Huei Jou at National Tsing Hua University (NTHU) in Taiwan, the team has developed OLED lighting that is similar to candle light which produces softer light source and does not cause harm to the human eye. (Image: ITRI) The OLED research team of NTHU worked with Electronic and Optoelectronic System Research Laboratories at ITRI and WiseChip Semiconductor in the development of low color t...
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2018-12-07

JD.com and Mitsubishi Chemical Partner to Open Hydroponic Plant Factory in Beijing

Chinese e-commerce company JD.com, has opened a plant factory adopting hydroponic technology provided by Mitsubishi Chemical to supply fresh food for its online and offline customers. Through the strategic collaboration with Mitsubishi Chemical, JD.com plans to increase its capability of food production in order to control and monitor the quality of its food products. The company aims to set up to 10 plant factories in China. The newly built facility locates in the Tongzhou District of Beijing and is expected to produce 300 tons of vegetable annually with its 11,040 square...
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2018-12-07

Progress Updates about LiDAR Industry Players in 2018

LiDAR (Light Detection and Ranging) has been one of the technology focuses in the past two years as it is a key technology for automotive vehicles and many other applications. According to “2018 Infrared Sensing Application Market Report” by LEDinside, the market value of LiDAR laser is expected to reach US$ 154 million in 2020. Worldwide LiDAR sensor producers and semiconductor firms have been pushing LiDAR development and extending applications through collaboration with other technology partners. Apart from self-driving technology, LiDAR ...
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2018-12-06

Samsung’s Onyx Cinema LED Launched in the City of Bollywood

With the cooperation with INOX Leisure, an India multiplex chain, Samsung has announced that its Cinema LED, Onyx, has launched in Mumbai, the land of Bollywood. Samsung has announced its partnership with PVR Cinemas in August to launch the first Onyx Cinema LED displays in New Delhi. Working with INOX, Samsung now debut the second LED cinema screen in Mumbai. The company plans to install around 20 LED cinema displays all over India by the end of 2019. (Image: Samsung India) “With INOX Onyx, welcome true colors, bring alive t...
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2018-12-06

LEDVANCE to Close Versailles Factory and Enhance Integration with MLS in North America

LEDVANCE announced that the company will change its manufacturing structure for increasing the integration with its parent company MLS while intensifying the competitiveness of the company in the U.S. and Canada. Meanwhile, LEDVANCE also revealed that its factory in Versailles which produces conventional lighting fixtures will be closed. LEDVANCE has been shifting its production focus from traditional lamps to smart lighting products in the past few years. The acquisition of MLS, the Chinese LED lighting producer, in 2017 has accelerated the transfo...
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2018-12-06

The Growing Gaming Monitor Market Brings Boost to Mini LED Applications

WitsView, a division of TrendForce, released the latest report for gaming monitors (with a frame rate above 100Hz), noting that the shipments of gaming monitors would reach 5.1 million units in 2018 with an annual growth of 100 percent. The gaming market has been expanding in recent years with promotions such as gaming sport, bringing growing momentum to the PC industry and boosting the demands for high quality monitors. Many LCD monitor makers have entered the gaming monitor market which has high gross margins. In the global shipment ranking of gaming monitor makers, AS...
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2018-12-06

Lextar Ships Mini LED and VCSEL and Macroblock Expects Growing Momentum from Mini LED Products

The fourth quarter is usually the off-peak season for the LED market. Industry players including Lextar and Macroblock have reported lukewarm business performance in November and are expecting growth in 2019 with the booming Mini LED market. Lextar posted its monthly revenue of NT$ 823 million (US$ 26.67 million) for November with a decrease of 6.5% MoM and 7.8% YoY. The company has continued its product shipments including Mini LED backlights, Mini LED RGB modules, fine-pitch displays and VCSEL packages. Meanwhile, it also focuses on further tech...
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2018-12-06

Epistar Achieves Victory in Patent Challenges Brought by Lowe’s

Epistar announced that it has achieved a victory in the petitions filed by Lowe’s Home Center with the United States Patent and Trademark Office which challenged the validity of five Epistar patents related to Epistar’s innovative LED filament bulb technology. The five patents are U.S. Patent No. 6,346,771, 7,560,738, 8,492,780, 8,587,020, and 8,791,467. These five patents are the subject of a pending patent infringement lawsuit brought by Epistar against Lowe’s, filed on April 28, 2017 in the United States District Court. Lowe’s petit...
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2018-12-05

A New Material Produces White Light and Increases Efficiency of LED

An international team discovered a single material which produces white light to improve LED lighting efficiency. The renewable energy research was recently published in Nature with the article contributed by researchers from The University of Toledo, Monash University, Jilin University, University of Toronto, Tsinghua University, Chinese Academy of Sciences and Wuhan University. (Image: Pixabay) Dr. Yanfa Yan, professor of physics at The University of Toledo, explained, "Due to its high efficiency, this new material can potentially replace the curre...
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2018-12-05

Underground Coal Mines to be Future Vertical Farm with LED Lighting

Horticulture LED lighting has opened a new horizon for farming. Indoor farming, vertical farming and many other alternative ways to grow crops free the weather limits for food production. Now, British scholars at University of Nottingham suggested that abandoned underground coal mines could be suitable environments for growing vegetables. With hydroponic systems and LED lighting, crops can be grown in subterranean environments some advantages. For example, groundwater could be directly used in the hydroponic systems. Besides, crop production is unaffected by climatic or sea...
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2018-12-05

Infrared LED Efficiency Increased with Colloidal Quantum Dots

Researchers at the Barcelona Institute of Science and Technology have developed LEDs comprising infrared colloidal quantum dots that enable high efficiency and low cost CMOS integration. Colloidal quantum dots are extremely small semiconductor particles which are as small as a few nanometers in size. Featured with small size, CQDs offer unique optical and electronic properties including absorbing and emitting light. Moreover, their properties change with their size and shape, smaller quantum dots emit in the blue range while larger quantum dots emit in the red. (Ima...
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2018-12-05

Apple’s Patent Introduces Technology to Improve LiDAR Sensors

Apple has applied a patent related to optoelectronics devices for improving LiDAR sensors and applications, reported Patently Apple. The report said that Apple noted the demands for applications using 3D sensing and imaging systems and proposed enhanced technologies to integrate LiDAR and VCSEL for advanced 3D image technology. The new patent introduce a method to combine different types of light source and laser array such as diffractive optical elements or VCSEL to develop improved 3D image devices for various applications. (Image: Apple) Patently Ap...
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