Osram Launches Automotive LEDs with Enhanced Brightness and Announces Settlement with Lextar

Osram announced the expansion of its automotive LED portfolio, launching a new generation of 1 to 4-chip versions in the Oslon Compact PL product family. The company also reported settlement with its contract manufacturer Lextar.

The new version of the Oslon Compact PL products feature ceramic components with an electrically insulated pad that makes it much easier to dissipate heat from the package. The design enables a higher current to allow the 1-chip version to achieve an outstanding brightness value of 395 lumens at 1A with a chip area of 1mm². Sized small as 1.9mm x 1.5mm x 0.73mm, Osram said that the product is ideal for ADB (Adaptive Driving Beam) systems.


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In addition, the Oslon Black Flat S family expands to include a 1 and a 2-chip version. The special lead-frame-based components feature highest contrast values (>1:200) and very low thermal resistance which allows for higher currents. The 1-chip variant reaches 395lm at 1A. The square lighting surface of the UX:3 chip makes optical design particularly easy for headlight manufacturers.

Due to the efficiency values of up to 130lm/W at 1A, headlights with smaller or even without heatsinks are conceivable in the future, leading to a potential reduction in system costs.

Meanwhile, Osram reported that it has concluded a settlement with Lextar in case of irregularities in a LED contract manufacturing. Osram said that Lextar has sold LEDs that are identical to the products which should be exclusively manufactured and supplied to Osram. The products concerned are LEDs for general lighting.

On the other hand, Lextar responded that the issue occurred due to different interpretation of the manufacturer contract. Since the two parties have reached a settlement, their further collaboration will not be affected.

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