2019-11-28

AquiSense Technologies Teams SUEZ to Offer UV-C LED Water Disinfection for Laboratory Solutions

UV-C LED water disinfection solution provider AquiSense Technologies announced its partnership with SUEZ to provide the UV-C LED Water Treatment Technology for water disinfection directly at the point of use in critical laboratory applications. AquiSense and SUEZ have been engaged in close co-operation for over a year in a detailed joint development effort to deliver a laboratory water purification unit equipped with advanced UV-C LED technology. The new laboratory product offers a high-level microbial disinfection barrier directly at the point of use. T...
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2019-11-27

Magna Acquires Czech Automotive Lighting Company

Canada-based automotive component provider Magna announced the acquisition of Wipac Czech, an automotive lighting engineering firm located in Czech Republic. The transaction was closed last week and will expand Magna’s engineering capabilities globally. Wipac Czech’s engineering team designs and develops automotive forward lighting, primarily for European exotic and luxury brand including Aston Martin, Bentley, Rolls Royce, McLaren, Lamborghini, Bugatti, Audi, Daimler, BMW and Porsche. (Image: Magna) “We see Wipac Czech playing an imp...
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2019-11-27

Signify Supplies Connected Lighting System to Create IoT-based Smart Warehouse

Signify announced that it installed Interact Industry in the newly developed warehouse facility of Pilkington Automotive in Gelsenkirchen, Germany, marking its entrance into the Industrial IoT space. This cloud-based, wireless connected lighting system is specifically designed for warehouses and manufacturing facilities. Pilkington Automotive, part of NSG Group, is one of the world’s largest suppliers of automotive glass. Its new European central warehouse meets the latest storage systems and warehouse design standards and is fully aligned with the company’s...
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2019-11-27

Nichia Files YAG Patent Lawsuits in Brazil

Japanese LED manufacturer Nichia reported that it has filed patent infringement lawsuits in Brazil for its YAG patent. Since Nichia’s Brazilian YAG patent has not expired and is still in force, the company filed two patent infringement lawsuits in the Judicial District of the Capital of the State of São Paul on November 13, 2019 against two Brazilian distributors, Karimex and Arrow, who sell Everlight’s LED products. At the same time, Nichia also accused ASUS Do Brasil, a Brazilian affiliate of ASUSTek, of infringing its YAG...
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2019-11-26

Seoul Semiconductor Launches Auctions for Key Technology Patent Portfolios for 5G Network Design and Smartphone Cameras

Seoul Semiconductor Co., Ltd. (KOSDAQ 046890), a leading global innovator of LED products and technology, announced that it will auction its radio frequency (RF) semiconductor patent portfolio and its high power LED package patent portfolio. In the first auction, Seoul Semiconductor is seeking the top bidder for 98 patent assets related to power amplifiers and gallium nitride (GaN) RF semiconductors, including 55 U.S. patents. Three of the patents are licensed to the U.S. Air Force or the U.S. Army, confirming the value of the portfolio. This RF pate...
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2019-11-22

Osram Introduce 5 Lighting Design Strategy Trends in Healthcare Facilities

Increasing studies have indicated the effects of lighting on human well-being. Lighting design in healthcare facilities thus become even more critical to enhance patents’ condition and provide staffs suitable working environment. Based on the understanding and its expertise in lighting, Osram indicated that lighting design techniques play an influential role in the overall patient experience and healing process. The company thus introduced five trends in lighting design for healthcare facilities. (Image: Osram) Flexibility a Must Flexibility is identify as an indisp...
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2019-11-22

Signify Upgrades Its Office Luminaires to CRI 90 to Support Health Lighting

Signify announced the upgrade of its European specification portfolio of luminaires for office applications from CRI 80 to CRI 90 as standard. This step-up in Color Rendering Index will more accurately render object colors – displaying them even more precisely – compared to the standard CRI 80 products. Signify is the first lighting company to make the change to CRI 90 with a red color rendering index (R9 of 50 or higher) across the board of its office project luminaires in Europe. (Image: Signify) With office lighting design high on many organizatio...
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2019-11-22

Viavi Files Patent Infringement Complaints against LG Electronics, LG Innotek and Optrontec on 3D Sensing Technology

Viavi Solutions filed a complaint with the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) to initiate an investigation under Section 337 of the Tariff Act of 1930, against LG Electronics, LG Electronics U.S.A., LG Innotek, and Optrontec. Viavi claimed that the LG group engaged in unfair trade practices by importing and selling in the United States certain mobile phones and tablet computers that infringe Viavi’s patents related to 3D sensing. Viavi also filed a complaint in the United States District Court for the Northern District of California asser...
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2019-11-21

Hella Introduces Micro LED Lighting System with Over 30,000 Pixels

Automotive lighting and electronics provider Hella announced a new lighting system with high resolution, Digital Light SSL | HD. With the new lighting technology, more than 30,000 pixels can be controlled intelligently and individually, enabling numerous new safety functions like optical lane markings. According to Hella, "Digital Light SSL | HD" is a consistent further development and miniaturization of existing matrix LED systems. Together with an enlarged light-emitting surface, the s higher number of pixels is the basis for a multitude of new functiona...
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2019-11-21

FitTech Sees Business Growth in 2020 with Increasing Orders for Mini LED Equipment

As Mini LED products entering the market, equipment producer FitTech, who experts in Mini LED probing, sorting and testing is expect thriving business in 2020. (Image: FitTech) Mini LED and Micro LED technologies became more mature in the past year, leading to higher demands and requirements for back-end manufacture processes such as testing and probing. Thus, FitTech is taking orders from LED companies in Taiwan and China. Taiwanese chip producer Epistar just revealed that it will increase investment in testing equipment in 2020. In addition, currently...
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2019-11-21

Epistar Increases Investment in Mini LED to Boost Capacity for Rising Demands

Chip provider Epistar announced that it will double its capital expenditure to gear up for booming demands with increasing Mini LED applications in the coming years. The Taiwan-based LED chip maker sees rising demands in Mini LED products in the near future and plans to prepare its capacity in advance. As a result, Epistar said that it plans to increase its capital expenditure to above NTD 5 billion (US$ 163.83 billion), comparing to the regular expanses of NTD 2.5 billion (US$ 82 million) in the past. Currently the two major applications of Mini LED a...
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2019-11-20

Global LiDAR Companies 2019 Progresses: Solid-State LiDAR Manufacturers in the U.S.

Many consider solid-state LiDARs the solution to realize autonomous driving technology as they are much cheaper and lighter compared to mechanical LiDARs. In 2019, many solid-state LiDAR providers have reported their technology developments and market expansion. Let’s take a look of the latest updates in solid-state LiDARs. Related reading: Global LiDAR Companies and Their Latest Progresses in 2019: Mechanical LiDAR Suppliers Quanergy Expands Business in Asia and South America Solid-state LiDAR company Quanergy has been proact...
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2019-11-20

Satco Files Lawsuit against UCSB and Claims No Infringement Occurred

Satco Products filed suit against The Regents of the University of California at Santa Barbara (UCSB) in the United States District Court of the Eastern District of New York to declare that the company does not infringe patents claimed by UCSB. In the press release of Satco, the company noted that it brought the legal action to seek a declaration that Satco Products, identified in the UCSB claim letters, do not infringe any of the ten patents asserted by UCSB. Satco also mentioned that it would aggressively defend its products and protect its custome...
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2019-11-20

Cree and STMicroelectronics Expand and Extend Existing Silicon Carbide Wafer Supply Agreement

Cree announced that it has extended its existing agreement with STMicroelectronics for silicon carbide supply with double value of the original agreement. In January 2019, Cree and STMicroelectronics revealed their long term partnership that Cree will provide its Wolfspeed silicon carbide wafers valued US$250 million to STMicroelectronics. The two companies now reported expansion and extension of the agreement to more than US$500 million. The increased wafer supply enables the semiconductor leaders to address the rapidly growing demand for silicon carbide power devi...
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2019-11-19

Equipment Providers Report Financial Results with Quarterly Growth

Semiconductor equipment providers Veeco and K&S (Kulicke & Soffa) announced their financial results respectively. The two companies both reported business decline for the previous quarter. K&S revealed its fourth fiscal quarter of 2019 which ended September 28, 2019. The Company reported fourth quarter net revenue of US$139.8 million, net income of $6.4 million and non-GAAP net income of $9.3 million. The revenue and gross profit of K&S in fiscal 4Q19 have dropped by 24.3% and 23.8% compared to previous year. However, compared to previous quarter, bo...
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2019-11-19

Natural Light Mimicking LED Lighting Supports Sustainable Fishing

Adjustable LEDs that deliver light source similar to natural sun light not only help to improve human wellbeing but also enable sustainable fishing. Lighting supplier Signify announced that it is providing underwater LED lighting for the marine-based fish farms of Australis Seafoods in Chile. Australis chose Signify because of its commitment to a sustainable world, strongly supporting Australis’ objectives for responsible and efficient fish farming. (Image: Signify) Signify’s underwater lights that reach up to 100,000 lumen, mimicking the summer sun, conve...
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2019-11-19

Cree and ABB Partner on Silicon Carbide for Automotive and Industrial Solutions

Cree announced that it will team up with ABB to jointly expand the rollout of silicon carbide in the rapidly-growing high-power semiconductor market. The agreement incorporates the use of Cree’s Wolfspeed® silicon carbide-based semiconductors into ABB’s comprehensive product portfolio, enabling Cree to broaden its customer base while accelerating ABB’s entry into the fast-expanding EV sector. (Image: Cree) Cree’s products will be included as part of ABB’s power semiconductor product portfolio, across power grids, train and tractio...
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2019-11-18

Global LiDAR Companies and Their Latest Progresses in 2019: Mechanical LiDAR Suppliers

Driven by the prospering development of autonomous driving technology, LiDAR companies across the world continue to expand their business and present new products. Many LiDAR builders reported their updates in both technology and business progresses in 2019. Following these news, LEDinside would like to share with our readers updates of the LiDAR industry in the past year. (Image: Ouster/NVIDIA) Velodyne Lidar Partners Hyundai Mobis for ADAS and Supports Varied Applications In 2019, the mechanical LiDAR expert has introduced several new ...
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2019-11-18

Signify Sets up 3D Print Facility to Create Customized Luminaires with Recyclable Materials

Signify introduced an innovative way to product lighting products: 3D print them! The company unveiled its facilities to 3D print light shades and fittings (luminaires) in the Netherlands and announced its plan to establish more 3D printing factories in the US, India and Indonesia. (Supermarket using 3D printed luminaires; image: Signify) By 3D printing luminaires, Signify uses a 100% recyclable polycarbonate material, allowing lighting products to be bespoke designed or tailored to customer’s exact needs and recycled at the end of their life, supporting a circula...
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2019-11-15

Osram Partners Silvair to Integrate Bluetooth Technology with Lighting Control

Silvair is providing Bluetooth mesh solutions for Osram’s lighting control system through its new new partnership. Osram’s HubSense® is designed to enable easy and time-efficient retrofitting of existing lighting installations into flexible wireless control systems based on the globally interoperable Bluetooth mesh standard. The system also allows quick and effortless modification of settings and lighting arrangement without bearing the costs of recommissioning. (Image: Silvair/Osram) With Silvair as its Technology Partner, OSRAM gains access to th...
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2019-11-15

After Airplane, Signify’s Trulifi will be Available on Buses

Signify has been proactively expanding its LiFi services via cooperation with partners in different fields to provide reliable, secure and fast connectivity everywhere. The company announced a pilot project with Ellamp Spa, an Italian designer and manufacturer of interior systems and components for public and private transport by road and rail, to provide Trulifi systems to buses. The move follows a recent similar announcement with Latécoère to provide Trulifi for passenger aircraft. (Image: Signify) The pilot with Ellamp will improve passenger connectivity...
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2019-11-14

Different Types of LiDAR Technologies and How They Support Autonomous Driving

Despite that Tesla’s founder Elon Musk said that “Anyone relying on LiDAR is doomed,” the technology using lighting to detect, range, and imaging targeted areas and objects is believed to be critical for autonomous driving technology development. LiDAR uses infrared LED or laser light to deliver light pause and receive the reflected light for measuring distances of objects and constructing the surrounding environment. Advantages of LiDAR include high accuracy, high resolution, and long detecting distance. (Image: Luminar) LiDAR can be d...
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2019-11-14

Apple’s New Facility in Taiwan May Not Complete as Scheduled

The new Apple facility in Taiwan was said to be finished in December 2019 but analyst of LEDinside visited the site and noted that the building may not be completed at the scheduled time. Two weeks ago LEDinside covered that Apple is building a new plant in Taiwan which might be used for developing Micro LED products. The planned complete time was set on December 2, 2019; however, according to analyst of LEDinside who visited the site last week, the facility would take at least two to three months to be able to operate. (The new Apple facility in the front)...
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2019-11-14

Everlight to Expand LED Capacity in 2020 for UV and Mini LED Applications

Everlight, the Taiwan-based LED packager, announced that it will expand its LED capacity in 2020 mainly for automotive LEDs and invisible LEDs such as UV LED and IR LEDs. The LED industry has been through a challenging year in 2019 and is expecting a rebound in 2020 with commercialization of Mini LED and Micro LED. Growth in horticulture lighting contributed by legalized cannabis production in North America is also a momentum for the industry. Seeing the opportunity, Everlight is gearing up for the rising demands. The company reported a reven...
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2019-11-13

pureLiFi Raises US$18M in Series B to Bring LiFi to Mass Market

Scottish LiFi company pureLiFi announced that it has completed a US$18 million in its Series B fundraise. The funding round includes Temasek, an investment company headquartered in Singapore, and the Scottish Investment Bank. The investment will allow the company to further develop Gigabit LiFi components and make them available in form factors ready for mobile device integration. (Image: pureLiFi) pureLiFi announced the move from LiFi systems to components at Mobile World Congress in February when the company demonstrated new Gigabit LiFi integrated in...
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2019-11-13

Harvard Business School Installs Fine Pitch LED Display of SiliconCore

An enormous LED display was installed in Harvard Business School’s newly opened multipurpose auditorium in the campus. With a pixel pitch of 1.9mm, the curved LED display supplied by SiliconCore is 6 meters high and 18.8 meters wide. The new auditorium in Harvard Business School is named Karman Hall and accommodates up to 1,000 people. The LED display was set in the center, providing viewing distances ranging from 5 to 40 meters. (Image: SiliconCore/Harvard Business School) The digital canvas can connected with devices via HDMI and can be fed ...
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2019-11-13

Osram Wraps up Its Challenging Fiscal 2019 and Expects Changes with AMS Takeover in 2020

Osram reported the financial results of its fiscal 2019 and 4Q19 yesterday in the same press release that backs up AMS’ takeover offer. The company reported a declined revenue in fiscal 2019 hit by the impacts of the weak Chinese automotive industry. For fiscal 4Q19, Osram registered revenues of EUR 924 million (US$ 1.02 billion), with an on-year decline of 5.3% and 9% on a comparable basis. Adjusted EBITDA came to EUR 86 million (US$ 94.72 million), down by 43.1%YoY. For fiscal 2019, the company posted revenues of EUR 3.464 billion (US$ 3.816...
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2019-11-12

LiDAR Products by Blickfeld, Cepton, LeddarTech and RoboSense Win CES 2020 Innovation Awards

In the list of CES 2020 Innovation Award Honoree, several LiDAR products were named including Cube by Blickfeld, Helius Smart Lidar System by Cepton, Leddar Pixell by LeddarTech and RS-LiDAR-M1 by RoboSense. Blickfeld, LeddarTech and RoboSense were listed in the category of “Vehicle Intelligence & Transportation,” while Cepton was named in two categories, “Smart Cities,” and “Tech for a Better World.” Blickfeld Cube is a solid-state LiDAR targeting the mass market, according to Blickfeld, the Germ...
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2019-11-12

Osram Backs up AMS' Renewed Takeover Offer

AMS’ new offer for Osram was approved and published last week with an offer price of EUR 41 per share (US$ 45) and a minimum acceptance threshold of 55%. Osram announced today (November 12) that it has concluded a comprehensive business combination agreement with AMS and recommends its shareholders accept the current takeover offer. With the new offer, AMS lowered the minimum acceptance rate to 55%, providing “more certainty that the offer succeeds,” according to AMS. Currently AMS is the largest shareholder of Osram with its 19.99% of share...
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2019-11-11

Apple Granted a Patent for In-Vehicle Lighting System

Last week the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office published 59 patents of Apple including one patent named “Lighting Systems of Vehicle Seats,” which is believed to be part of Apple’s autonomous vehicle project “Project Titan,” according to the report of Patently Apple. Apple’s new patent of vehicle lighting systems noted that the lighting system can be integrated into a seat, door panel, dashboard, or other interior portions of a vehicle. These interior parts of car would be illuminated with the light systems for providing icons, text, a...
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Nichia’s Tunable 757 receives rave reviews from industry leaders, including the coveted LpS Best Sustainability Technology Award. Nichia, the leader in and inventor of the high-brightness LED, announced its game-changing single LES, tuna... READ MORE

Innovative tunable white, mid-power LED enables luminaire manufacturers to improve colour tuning, shrink optics and fixture profiles, while enabling new design options. Nichia, the leader in and inventor of the high-brightness LED, announces i... READ MORE